Our friend Nina Bingham is the author of a number of inspirational books.
NEVER ENOUGH: A Recovery Workbook For Addictions, Obsessive Compulsive Behaviors and Eating Disorders
With her latest book due out in February we were fortunate enough to have the opportunity to ask her a few questions. 1) How did your interest in writing originate? What inspired you to write your first book?—My first three books are poetry, and I was so shy about publishing my writing that it took me 3 decades to get up the nerve to submit my work. I started writing in the 4th grade when a teacher read a story I’d written aloud to the class, without telling the class I had authored it. At the end my classmates clapped and said they had enjoyed it. My teacher announced that I was the author, and I distinctly remember how the whole class went, “Wow!” collectively, and how after class everyone told me that someday I’d write a book. It was at that moment that I decided to be a writer, and I’ve been writing ever since! 2) Is there a message in your novels you want your readers to grasp?—If there is a theme among my 5 books (which are quite diverse, as 3 are poetry, one a mental health workbook, and the 5th an autobiography) I suppose it would be to have hope-that any problem or challenge can be overcome in life, if you’re willing to believe in yourself, and to be honest with yourself and others. 3) What books have influence your life the most? If you had to choose, what writer would you consider a mentor?—As far as my poetry style, Rumi influenced me the most. But if I had to pick an author who inspired me the most, it has been Dr. Elyn R. Saks, professor of law and psychiatry, and her best-selling book, “The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness.” Her book moved me to tears, because it is the autobiography of how she, as a person who suffers from Schizophrenia, overcame the challenges she faces on a daily basis to become an esteemed professor who has fought for the legal rights of mentally ill patients. She knows first-hand the injustices these voiceless people have suffered, and has championed their cause. Her brutally honest and self-disclosing style of writing gave me the courage to tell my own story with the depression that has overshadowed my whole life. 4) What is your current project? Can you share a little of your work in progress with us?—In February 2015 my 5th book, Once The Storm Is Over: From Grieving to Healing After the Suicide of My Daughter is published. Even though I had been a mental healthcare counselor for years, nothing could have prepared me for the suicide of my 15-year old daughter. Beautiful, smart and loving, she’d also inherited my family’s depressive gene, and had hidden her unhappiness from me. Five days before her death, she stopped taking her medication, and committed suicide in the next room while I slept. Grief combined with guilt left me shattered; devastated, numb, and incapable of functioning. Once the Storm Is Over: From Grieving to Healing is my story about forgiveness, grace, and moving on. 5) Is anything in your works based on real life experience or is it purely imagination? Where do you get your writing ideas?—My poetry came directly from lessons I’d learned in life, while Never Enough: A Recovery Workbook was inspired by my work with clients struggling with eating disorders, addictions, and OCD. I took the best therapies and life coaching, and summarized them in a workbook format. I wanted to give my clients a "do-it-yourself" supplement to our coaching sessions. I've had lots of feedback that being able to work through this book in the privacy of their own home, and at their own pace, has been life-changing for some. That's all I ever wanted the workbook to do. 6) What are the challenges in bringing your work to life? (Ex: research, literary, psychological, logistical, etc.) Did you learn anything from writing your book? What was it?—My biggest challenges has been organization; thank God for my editor! I was not trained as a writer; I have never formally studied writing, except in High School English class. I was trained in psychology and as a counselor. So writing in a concise and logical format has always been challenging. 7) Do you use an outline or do you just write?-I’ve never used an outline. Maybe if I knew what I was doing, I would, but I don’t, so I just “go with it.” 8) Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?-- Just keep writing. Be fluent in writing. Write when you feel like it, and when you don't. Get used to writing frequently. Don't allow your mind to lie dormant for too long. Keep hammering away at your craft. Someday you're ganna surprise yourself! And I write through writers block. I sit and write what comes, whether it's excellent material or pages that will wind up in the trash. I don't believe in writer's block. There's always something to say on any given day, it just may not be publishable. I plow through it, I don't give it much of my attention. When I ignore it, it tends to go away. The key is not to be so critical of your writing; you don’t have to produce a masterpiece everyday. 9) If you could change anything in your publishing experience, what would it be? What is your least favorite part of the writing/publishing process?—My least favorite part of the publishing process is losing so much copy in the edit. All editors will pare down your ideas to their essence, leaving much of what you originally wanted to say on the editing floor. They do this because unnecessary wording makes a manuscript cumbersome and too lengthy for the average reader. So if you want to be published, you have to let go and let the editor do their job, because in the end, it makes for a better book. 10) Is there anything you would like to say to your readers and fans?—The best thing about being an author is hearing how a book changed someone's life, so leave a review of the book and let me know how it helped you. Second best thing is wearing PJ's to work in my home office 🙂 Looking for answers without having to go to counseling? The Never Enough workbook is a new approach to recovery! More than just convenient and affordable, it's the therapeutic answer for the busy self-helper. NEVER ENOUGH: A Recovery Workbook will uncover the roots of addictive behaviors, obsessive thinking, and eating disorders. This work-at-your-own pace program provides state-of-the-art, research-proven methods of positively coping with stress, reducing compulsive behaviors, and controlling worry thinking. This workbook will enable you to:
* Determine the root reasons for addictive behavior and obsessive worrying
* Develop more effective coping skills
* Accept loss and gain the strength to move beyond it
* Understand how to change ingrained patterns which have held you back.
Here's a do-it-yourself recovery method that's easy to use, yet delivers results that will blow your mind!
"This book was a life changer for me. Instead of the traditional approach to feeling guilty about my addiction, this book allowed me to learn about the root causes, and helped me to face my problems from the comfort of my own home and at my own pace. The book is filled with exercises that really make you think about your life. I am extremely grateful to have found this approach to addiction, and plan on re-reading and using the book for the rest of my life."
-Ponekin, Portland, Oregon
POETRY TRILOGY: This set of three e-books of poetry will amuse the outspoken you, entice the romantic in you, and inspire the spiritual you. Volumes of poetry aren't as daunting as the word "volume" implies. In fact, they're relatively small. And you can read through most poems in a fraction of the time it takes to finish a book. Think of it as your regular dose of culture.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Nina Bingham has worked in mental health care since 2003. She has an Associates of Art in Psychology from Santa Rosa Junior College, and a Bachelors of Arts in Applied Psychology from City University of Seattle. Nina completed her MS Mental Health Counseling academic program at Capella University. She is Certified as a Clinical Hypnotherapist by American Pacific University. Nina resides in Gresham, Oregon with her partner and dog, and enjoys researching and writing for her mental health blog, and kayaking.
Her fifth book, "Once The Storm Is Over: From Grieving to Healing After the Suicide of My Daughter," will be published in 2015 by Big Table Publishing Company. It is the autobiographical confession of a counselor who lost her teen daughter to suicide. What she learned about love and forgiveness changed her life forever. It will change yours, too.
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