Author Guest Post
We are three authors, collectively named Kate Bishop. We are often asked how three women write one book. We thought we’d speak to this, as we feel it is the reason Breathe has received such positive feedback.
At the heart of collaboration is honesty. To be honest, we must be vulnerable and with vulnerability comes discomfort, to say the least. We are three women with three distinct writing styles, doing our best to raise children and face all that life throws at us. Kids get sick, husbands move into guest rooms, and occasionally, we wake up hung-over not having had a sip of alcohol. Yet despite life's curve balls, we found purpose and resolve in knowing we had ‘Breathe’ to finish. We spent late nights reading passages aloud on conference calls from Boston, Los Angeles and Bend, and we didn't always agree with one another. We were accommodating and tentative initially, but the true nitty-gritty of collaboration came when we were able to hold the collective spirit of the group with utmost respect while voicing, "I don't get it." or worse "I don't like it. Can we try this again, together?"
In that spirit of togetherness, we learned to be truthful and authentic, yet kind and open. We learned to forgive ourselves and each other when things got ugly. In many ways, our process mirrored Alex’s evolution. Even as friends, building trust took time. The book was completed in three years, from spark to shelf. We shared a little at a time, then a lot. Having two friends to hold a space for true expression made it safe to fail.
When it was time to travel to New York and pitch this idea to a room full of literary heavies, the voice of self-doubt was held at bay by our connection. The golden thread, the gift, the one of collaboration and community, pulled through then and now. Stuffed in Lululemon, we followed through with our pitch that in comparison to our black clad peers' felt like a junior high school cheer. But together we were able to see the humor in finding ourselves on the second floor of a Mid-town Manhattan restaurant trying hard to not drink more than a third of a margarita while we bared our souls' creation to a group of strangers.
Collaboration, friendship, honesty and humor, this is the glue that binds this trio and this book together. We hope it encourages other women to work together to bring their dreams and their stories to life.
About The Authors
Kristin Tone graduated from Bowdoin College with a B.A. in Psychology and received an M.A. in Education from Lesley University. A yoga teacher and an educator, she currently teaches at PS1 Pluralistic School in Santa Monica, CA.
Talie Kattwinkel earned a degree in Women’s Studies and Creative Writing from the University of Arizona. She currently specializes in bodywork and healing.
Bridget Evans attended the University of Maryland where she studied education. She taught in the Marin County school system for ten years and co-created OUTWORD, an outdoor writing program for children. She is also a yoga teacher. All three women are mothers to small children.
PUBLISHER: Diversion Books
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Breathe by Kate Bishop
Publisher: Diversion Books
Publication Date: January 22, 2013
Format: eBook - 290 pages / Kindle - 480 KB / Nook - 2 MB
Genre: Chick Lit / Romance / Women's Fiction
BUY THE BOOK: Breathe
Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours.
My Book Review:
What's a girl to do when a whirlwind romance of five months leads to marriage only to end six months later when her husband leaves her for his yoga instructor?
When twenty-five year old Alex met forty year old Tripp Edwards at an Oregon ski resort, she was swept off her feet by the man of her dreams. But her world got turned upside down six short months later when Tripp walks out on her after finding his "Authentic Self" and true path in life through the practice of yoga. Alex is heartbroken and descends into a month long depression hiding away from life, drinking bottle after bottle of wine from Tripp's wine collection and eating pizza. Displaced and feeling lost, with the help of good friends, her family, and her lovable one eared dog named Billy, Alex embarks on a journey of self-discovery that leads her to give yoga a try, while discovering how to love herself and enjoy what life has to offer.
Breathe was such a fun book to read! The three friends who make up the persona of author Kate Bishop weaves an entertaining tale of one woman's journey of self-discovery after her short-lived marriage ends. Written in the first person narrative and set in Marin County, California, Alex Edwards takes the reader along on her zany adventure as she learns to rebuild her life after her husband Tripp leaves her to follow a new life path he discovered through practicing yoga.
This book has a plethora of interesting yoga information interwoven throughout the story that will peak the interest of the reader, especially those who already practice yoga or may have an interest in learning about it. I found myself considering looking more deeply into the practice of yoga, especially if it will enrich my life!
This is a lighthearted story that is funny and insightful. It's not just a story about moving on and finding a new love, it is also a story about discovering who you are and learning how to love yourself while in the process of living and enjoying your life. I really enjoyed following Alex's journey as she learned to cope with Tripp leaving her, and the transformation that occurred within her through the process of self-discovery and the practice of yoga.
Alex is a sassy woman who the reader can relate to, her journey has a mixture of humor, romantic and inspirational moments. So take some calming moments to read Breathe, immerse yourself in Alex's world as she embarks on her journey, it will help you find your center too!
RATING: 4 STARS ****
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