I went to Hawaii for #WIPMondays this week—in the way we travel in the time of Covid, anyway. USA Today bestselling author Sara Ackerman joined me from the Big Island 🏝. I've known Sara since our debut novels released in 2018, and she has gone on to release two more of her Hawaii-based WWII historical fiction books, with a fourth (Radar Girls) coming in July 2021. Sara exemplifies the drive and outlook I admire in women who strive and achieve, and our chat gave me a peek into how she approaches life. Specifically, we talk about manifesting and how Sara uses her imagination and gratitude to envision and achieve her goals.
Watch the full video below, but, first, here are a couple of highlights from our chat:
Sara's #WIPMondays action step:
I love Sara's action step. Sara's practice of using a "Thankful Journal" to express gratitude for what she has as well as for her dreams recognizes that our dreams are a part of who we are. Gratitude is something I discussed with Erin Baldecchi on my very first #WIPMondays chat and it appears to be an emerging theme in this series.
What we're reading:
Sara is reading The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben. It's partly for research on a secret new project she talks about in our chat (!!). The book explores the way trees communicate, what they feel, and how they nurture each other. I'm reading 2019 Booker Prize Winner Girl, Woman, Other, by Bernardine Evaristo. It's a novel filled with richly woven stories of Black women living in Great Britain. Wonderful on audio. During our chat, Sara and I also mention our shared love of Emily Strelow's The Wild Birds, a novel about the interconnectedness of nature and our place within it.
Watch our chat below!