Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Book Reading and Interview – Sue Vincent

Sally's Cafe and BookstoreWelcome to this week’s Book Reading and Interview that features the authors on the shelves of Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore. After setting the cafe up last year I intend now to use as the focal point for all book promotions here on Smorgasbord. Once in the cafe, authors can be updated in the twice weekly posts with their new releases and also excellent reviews… but they can now also do a book reading and interview as they might do in a real bookstore.

This is intended to be an interactive interview with you the reader and it would be wonderful if you could therefore ask guests your questions in the comments section.

Sue Vincent

My guest today is Sue Vincent who has supported my blogging and writing efforts almost from the beginning of my life here online. Very supportive of other writers, you will find guest posts as well as wonderful features on some of our spiritual and ancient parts of Britain. Ably assisted by her office manager, a small black dog called Ani.

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Sue is a prolific author and has also co-written a book with Dr. G. Michael Vasey and over recent years a substantial number with Stuart France.  Here is a small selection.

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Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire born writer currently living in the south of England, largely due to an unfortunate incident with a map, a pin and a blindfold. Raised in a spiritually eclectic family she has always had an unorthodox view on life, particularly the inner life, which is often reflected in her writing, poetry and paintings.

Sue lived in France for several years, sharing a Bohemian lifestyle and writing songs before returning to England where the youngest of her two sons was born. She began writing and teaching online several years ago, and was invited to collaborate with Dr G Michael Vasey on their book, “The Mystical Hexagram: The Seven Inner Stars of Power” (Datura Press).

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Stuart France and Sue Vincent are also the authors of the Doomsday series.

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Find out more about their work together: http://www.franceandvincent.com/

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Sue, along with Steve Tanham and Stuart France, is a Director of the Silent Eye School of Consciousness, an international modern Mystery School that seeks to allow its students to find the inherent magic in living and being. http://www.thesilenteye.co.uk

Also by Sue Vincent

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Discover all of Sue Vincent’s books: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sue-Vincent/e/B00F2L730W

Now it is time for Sue to join us with the three questions she has chosen from the menu and her three personalised questions I have asked her.  Please add your questions in the comments section and Sue will be delighted to answer them in the next couple of days.

Do you have a favourite quote? What does it means to you as an individual?

A few years ago I would have said that my favourite quote was one that is generally attributed to Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience.” When I first read those words, they put pretty much everything into perspective. These days, I’ll credit my co-author, Stuart France, with my favourite quote and say simply, “Find the path and stay on it.” Whatever path speaks to your heart, what else is there to do but follow it from the heart?

If you were offered three wishes to change the world, what would they be?

Three wishes to change the world? I would wish that humankind would look into the mirror of their own being, collectively and as individuals and see ourselves as we truly are, the good, the bad, our origins in earth and our origins in spirit. I would wish for us to have the courage to acknowledge what we see in ourselves and each other… and for the clarity of vision that lets us see ourselves looking out from every pair of eyes that we meet. I think that would change humanity’s perspective and shift the focus towards compassion and understanding.

What is your definition of success?

Finding the path and staying on it. We all know, in our heart of hearts, who we should be. We all have dreams… as well as the responsibilities that come with living in society. Success, to me, cannot be counted in terms of fame and fortune, but only in whether or not you have been true to yourself. Most of us spend a large part of our lives in casting around for the path we need to take, making side-trips, hitting dead ends…and making a lot of mistakes along the way, if we are honest with ourselves. Success, to me, is the ability to learn from that journey enough to recognise the right path for you… then allowing it to lead you forward.

41s1s2a7bnl-_uy250_Has your style as a writer changed since your first book Sword of Destiny and if so how?

I started writing Sword many years ago. I would like to think that my ‘formal’ writing style is now more confident, less wordy and more open. The less formal style that I use with most blog posts is the biggest change. I stopped writing how I thought I ought to write and started writing as me instead. This has found its way into everything that I write; even writing as a character, you have to write from the centre of yourself. I must have written more than five million words in the past five years; the words soon add up when you write every day. With that kind of volume, you can’t pretend to be something you are not for long and expect to get away with it!

You have co-written several books with Stuart France – what are the key elements of working with another author?

I have never found it difficult to work with other writers. My first collaboration was ‘The Mystical Hexagram’ with G. Michael Vasey, a project very close to his heart.

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Working with Stuart is easy; we talk a lot and share many of the experiences about which we write. If I had to name the qualities you need to write with another author, they would be respect, trust and communication. I cannot see how such a collaboration could work without them. I have the utmost respect for Stuart’s knowledge and abilities as a writer, trust him absolutely and … we talk a lot.

It is clear that you have a huge amount of respect for the natural world and our ancient heritage. Is there a specific time in our history that you would have liked to have lived and if so why?

Only if I could remember it now! Ancient Egypt would be a must, Paris in la belle époque and here, at the time the great stone circles were built. There are scenes in my mind that feel like memories and I am a believer in reincarnation, so who knows? Perhaps they are no more than dreams and images crafted by the imagination around acquired facts and ideas. Perhaps the memories are genetic, as recent research suggests we carry many of our ancestral memories at that level of being. Or perhaps I already did. If so, I wish I could remember more!

Sue has chosen to share this poem with us.

Tall the cliffs of stone
That mark the entry to my heart’s domain,
Wild and empty in its vastness
The solitude of living earth.
The wind lifts the heart
And bears it through the storm
Where the lichen crusted rocks
Cling to the clouds.
Part of my heart remains there
Scattered with the ashes of a lost love,
Mingled with the joy and pain of memory,
Of childhood wonder and a lover’s kiss.
Deep the roots which bind me to that land,
As weathered pines that cling for life
To the purple hillside…
Genuflecting, but standing, still,
Naked in the mist.
Great stones,
Ice carved in aeons past
Into a landscape of dreams,
Marked by ancient hands
With figures of Light,
That I may stand beside them,
Millennia apart,
And recognise my kin.

A reminder of where you can discover all of Sue Vincent’s books and read the reviews: https://www.amazon.com/Sue Vincent/e/B00F2L730W

Connect to Sue Vincent

Blog: http://scvincent.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/scvincent
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/S-C-Vincent/17967259931?ref=hl
Silent Eye Website: http://thesilenteye.co.uk/
Website (books) : http://www.franceandvincent.com/
Silent Eye Authors FB: https://www.facebook.com/silenteyeauthors?ref=hl
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sue-Vincent/e/B00F2L730W
Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/Sue-Vincent/e/B00F2L730W
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6551588.Sue_Vincent

Thank you for joining us today and I am sure you must have some questions that you would like to ask Sue about her life and work.. Please leave your questions in the comments section and Sue will answer them when she is popping in. Thanks Sally.

If you would like to do a book reading and interview you will find the details in this directory.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore/

 

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145 thoughts on “Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Book Reading and Interview – Sue Vincent

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  2. I love both the quotes, Sue. I hadn’t heard Stuart’s before but I’ll remember it – especially when I find I’ve hit a dead end and shouldn’t have tried that side road.
    What do you think people in 5,000 years will make of us? There’s optimism for you – not assuming we will have totally destroyed our planet.

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    • Stu’s quote is one to live by, Mary 🙂
      Five thousand years… well, I’m an optimist too. I think we will be seen as mere children by most… though some will appreciate the leaps we have made in science, technology and the understanding of the environment. I hope we will not be seen as those who lived in the golden age, when we understood what we had and could still enjoy it, before we became the generations responsible for its destruction.

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      • I was pondering my question when I was out for a walk and wondering on what artefacts we will be understood thousands of years in the future. We have stone circles from thousands of years ago, we have younger but still ancient cathedrals but we are building nothing today which will even survive a few hundred years. The schools, hospitals, homes we build today won’t last – some of them start falling to bits as soon as they are built!
        Let’s hope enough people find the right path and stay on it!

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      • I’ve pondered the same. All our technology is pretty fragile when compared to the passage of time…and progress renders so much of it obsolete so quickly that it will one day be unreadable. The buildings will fail and be replaced… I hope that our libraries and archives will keep pace with the changes enough to leave something for the future though.

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  3. A map, a pin, and a blindfold! I’d like to hear more about that.so many interesting books- well done! I liked your quote about staying on the path. Has your path been straight, or curvy, uphill and downhill? Thanks and all the best to you!

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  4. “You can’t pretend to be something you are not, for long” This really resonated with me Sue. So true, even if we think we are fooling others, we’d live with the truth inside. Wonderful post. and I can’t help but wonder if you had the chance to go back to those days living in Paris, would you still want to? ❤ 🙂

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    • It would be so uncomfortable trying to be someone else all the time …and I’ve grown into liking my comfort 🙂

      Would I go back to Paris? Ah… given the circumstances I seem to recall from the Belle Epoque, possibly not…though I wouldn’t mind a visit 😉 But then, I lived there and haunted Montmartre for years in my youth, friends with the artists, tramps and prositutes that lived and worked there…and it was an utterly magical time. I loved those years! But would I go back? No, not now. They were years that formed part of who I am today…and the me today is happier and more content than at any other time of her life.
      But I wouldn’t mind borrowing that youthful figure back for a bit 😉

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  5. A lovely post about Sue and her books, Sally. I recently read Notes from a small dog to my Michael and we both loved it. We did a joint review of this book. I am waiting for Laughter lines to arrive (I ordered it from Amazon UK) but it seems to take an awful long time at the moment – I don’t know why. Michael asks me very day whether it is here yet.

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  6. What a delightful and insightful interview with Sue! I’ve followed her blog for some time, but did not realize until today the depth of her spiritual consciousness. I LOVE it. I’ve always wanted to attend one of the Mystery Schools and immerse myself in the divine. Sue, how would I go about being accepted as a student? Great post and thank you, Sally. Hugs to both!

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  7. Great questions and answers. I do love Sue’s writing. Spot on about writing from your true self. Creative expression direct from the soul is the only way to go! Here’s a ?: Have you written all your life, or was there a certain age that it began to take hold of you? I remember you did a lot of visual art in your earlier years.

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  8. So nice to get a little deeper look into who you are, Sue. I really liked the reflection on how you feel you’ve changed as a writer (and blogger). It seems that with experience there is an opportunity to shift from writing as an application of form to writing as an expression of who we are, something deeper and more meaningful woven through the words. Wonderful interview, through and through. ❤

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  9. Sally and Sue,
    What a brilliant chat. I was spellbound both by the main body and everyone’s questions.

    You have certainly struck chords Sue, I know you did with me. The line ‘Success, to me, is the ability to learn from that journey enough to recognise the right path for you… then allowing it to lead you forward.’

    Slapped me round the chops like a wet kipper it did! I found I’d stopped, took a breath, and re-read it and paused. It went in deep. Consciously I have no idea why it resonated so much. But I think it is something that will resurface again and again in the next few days with all sorts of fresh insights into things I’d never even thought about. Can’t wait!

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  10. I knew this would be a wonderful interview, and I was not disappointed. I think Stuart is a very wise man and that quote is definitely one that resonates with me!
    My question for you Sue is, what do you do to relax, or ease stress? I know you have had some very traumatic moments in your life and I just wondered how you managed to hold yourself together?

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    • Thanks, Judy. I’m inclined to agree with you there 😉

      The easy anwser to your question is that I do something just for me… But I suppose what I really do is change the focus. I meditate daily and seldom ‘feel’ stressed, though I know stress still gets to me behind the scenes. Sometimes all it takes to relax is walking the dog a bit farther or curling up in a hot bath with a book. When I’m on a tight leash, so to speak, I take it out on the housework…or go out and dig earth. I’ve made a few gardens that way with HUGE flowerbeds 😉

      My preference, though, is to get in the car and find hills… the moors always put things into their true perspective and human problems seem very small against the backdrop of eternity.

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  11. I echo another comment here – I knew this was going to be a fascinating interview, and that my time spent reading would be rewarded. I would like to read what you’d say to being asked to name two things you learned from each of your children and from Ani.
    xx,
    mgh
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
    ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    “It takes a village to transform a world!”

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    • ‘Morning, Madelyn 🙂 A nice, awkward question before my second coffee 🙂
      It is so hard to choose just two things for each of them, because they have all taught me so very much…things so intimately woven through who I am that separating the strands is more difficult than it looks. If I had to pick two, then from Ani it would be focus and joy. Focus, because she can remain utterly motionless for so long when she is ‘setting’ a tennis ball…and joy just because she is.
      From Nick I would have to go for determination and endurance… the past eight years, watching him daily pursue an impossible goal…and attain it too. Not in the way he imagined when he thought that spending every waking moment working on his physical recovery from such a dreadful attack would give him his life back, but from the richness of the life he has found within himself.
      From my younger son, Alex, I learned about courage and the love that looks beyond its own needs. When I think back to when Nick was in the hospital, in the earliest stages of his recovery from the coma, the first memory that comes to mind is a picture of my sons; Alex holding his brother’s hand quietly, with a world of love in his eyes and a smile on his face. There was a light around that bed. Yet, outside in the corridors, Alex’s grief was ripping him apart. He has held my hand in just the same way, with his heart breaking, when I have been close to death myself and I know how much strength and comfort that love pours into you. My sons are exceptional human beings.

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  13. I remember once despairing because I thought someone was ruining her life by her actions. A friend of mine; a reiki healer, told me ‘she’s following her own path. Let her.’ It was difficult to see at the time but all worked out fine in the end. I’ve often wondered what would have happened if I’d really interfered. As often happens, with you, Sue, your words here have brought something for me to reflect on. Thank you, both.x

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    • Thanks, Judith. I know that feeling and the desire to help. Sometimes just being there for your friends is enough and all that is needed. We all have our own path and it seems designed to teach us what we really need to learn, especially as we usually carve it ourselves through our actions. xx

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  14. I love this interview! Be back with a question (though I feel a lot of mine have been answered). That first quote…one of my favorites. 💖
    This fills me with joy: “I stopped writing how I thought I ought to write and started writing as me instead.” That’s the only way to write, IMO. 🙂

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  17. It’s great to read more about you, Sue. I know we met at the very first Bloggers Bash, but the day went so quickly and even though there were only 20 of us there, I never got to talk to Stuart and you as much as I would have liked to. I always enjoy participating in your #writephoto challenges and thank you for putting up with me recording them rather than writing them. 😀 Some of the stories your challenges produced out of me ended up in my book and that’s something I’d like to thank you for.

    My question to you is what were the names of your favourite books you read as a child and did the author(s) of those books influence the way you write today?

    Thanks so much for putting this fabulous post, about Sue, together, Sally.

    Hugs to you both.
    xx

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    • There is never enough time at such events to spend with everyone, Hugh. I’m still working on getting down to London this year pre-Bash, even if I can’t make the Bash itself.

      I never expected the challenge to take off as it did… a suggestion from KL Caley…and off we went 🙂

      Favourite childhood books? C.S Lewis. No contest… and they still are, though I have read more than just his Narnia books these days and find his spiritual writings applicable to more than just his own faith. Alan Garner’s books, “Little Grey Men” and Tolkien. Edward Lear’s nonsense and “Borrobil” by William Croft Dickinson… I loved the old myths and legends too and read many of them from across the world. Lots of fantastical places and creatures, alternative versions of nature and history… symbols, magic, rhyme and humour…

      I don’t know if any of that has influenced me at all… *falls over laughing*

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      • No, I don’t think so at all, Sue *picking myself up off the floor* but it’s interesting to hear what books you were reading and if they influenced you. Just goes to prove how somethings steer us on our path of life.

        Hope to see you at the Bash, but if not, then let me know when you are in London as I’m thinking of spending a few extra days there.

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      • Those early adventures into the lands of imagination can’t help but influence us somehow 🙂 Though Ani says she objects to being classed as a fantastical creature. She says fantastic would have done 😉
        Will do, Hugh xx

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  18. Love that poem, Sue. And I’ve always thought that is a great quote, although I never knew who said. Mind you, I really like Stuart’s advice too. My question is to you is, how do you find your path? I still haven’t discovered mine. 😕

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    • Thanks, Ali. I don’t think you find your path really…it finds you when you wander close and calls with a voice you can’t ignore. When you turn to it and place your feet upon it, it feels like coming home.

      You can wander down many avenues before finding the right path for you. Sometimes you get sent back to the start and realise that the Path of the Hearthfire is the one you must walk, for a lifetime or just for a while…and that too is a sacred path if walked with intent and reverence. In my late twenties I was all set to join an organisation I had aspired to for many years. I had finally been accepted… and realised it was ‘not yet’. The Hearthfire was mine to tend until the boys were grown.

      So I studied and learned how to bring the sacred into the mundane, within myself… and one day, when the boys had become men, found myself going full circle. I reapplied, was accepted again… and then read an article by another spiritual teacher. It moved me deeply… felt like coming home… and instead of following my head, I followed my heart and studied with her. It led me here, to a place where I can honestly say I have never been happier.

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      • I love that story, Sue. You have certainly led an interesting and eventful life. I take hope from that, that things will become less confused in time, but at my age, I had kind of hoped it would have happened by now. Some people are always searching and never find what they’re looking for. I don’t want to be one of them. Thanks for sharing your experience. 😊

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