Friday, October 20, 2017

Building Down - An Inward Journey by Jennifer Lohr

Building Down - An Inward Journey
Jennifer Lohr

Genre: Personal Development / Self Improvement / Self Growth

Date of Publication: September 28, 2017

ISBN-10: 1977501508
ISBN-13: 978-1977501509

Number of pages: 206
Word Count: 11,810

Cover Artist: Jennifer Lohr

Tagline: We all have the power to heal ourselves.

Book Description: 

“Recently I changed my life and I'd like to share my story with you.

This project is as personal as it is unconventional. I share my inner-most self with readers through my challenges and triumphs, leading up to and following an emotional breakdown. For anyone who has ever fallen into a dark abyss of anxiety or depression, I hope this book can be used as a support to help you climb up out of that hole and away from self-defeating patterns.”


My goal in writing this and
sharing such private experiences is that it just might help someone who sits on
the edge, swaying as I once did. It’s a comfort to know that I may be of help
to anyone in need of the same understandings I am growing to accept and realize
each new day. I’d love for the very basic yet essential message to reach as
many people as possible - please know that you are not alone in the struggle to
move beyond your fear, anger, resentment, sadness, or anxiety.  I’m no therapist, nor do I hold any special
psych degrees, or claim to have all of the answers. This is just life as it
happened for me, and as real as it happened for me.
            I am re-hashing a lot of my own
pain but not with the intention to perseverate upon it. It’s an awful lot like
a mirror or movie play-back. ‘What did I miss? How can I grow from this?’
Where’s the lesson?’ My experiences are not in vain because I have chosen to
release myself from the binds of regret.
I’m taking the lessons and moving forward.
should emphasize: none of this piece in any way serves to minimize or
over-simplify the struggle many have with attaining contentment or happiness
(or even getting out of bed some days). I know it’s a challenge. So please: if
you need help, seek it. It can be very difficult to accept ourselves and our
struggles or suffering, but we are the only ones responsible for getting help
when we feel like giving up is an option.

About the Author:

Jennifer has been writing short stories since she was a child and was first published at age 15 for a Poe inspired piece.  Later that same year Jennifer was featured in Who's Who Among American High School Students for creative writing. After adding the roles of wife and mother of four young children to her list of achievements, Jennifer decided it was time to bring her dream of writing a novel to fruition and debuted her first piece in 2014, titled Baltic Mist - A Timeless Saga.

This time, inspired by the Icelandic skald Egil Skallagrimsson, Jennifer latched on to one of his characters from the epic Egil's Saga. Book One of the three-part trilogy was self-published by her own publishing entity: An Ancient Approach. Since then she has released two children's books and is finishing Books Two and Three of the Baltic Mist saga series.

While the her top priority is family first, Jennifer spends her days indulging in creating a quality of life enriched with homemaking, child-rearing, writing, painting, gardening, cooking, or simply making memories with her children. Making a point to remain mindful, Jennifer holds steadfast that everything holds opportunity for growth if she pays close enough attention.


Interview with Jennifer Lohr
Where do you get inspiration for your stories? Empathy and compassion were the driving forces for this manuscript. For this book in particular, I was motivated by a sudden need to reach out to my fellow human being. I wanted them to know they were not alone in their struggles to bypass their mind, and give them hope in finding the power within themselves to overcome mental &/or emotional obstacles that may hinder their success as just living.
How did you do research for your book? This piece was unique, I’d guess you can say, in the way that little research was involved. I was going through a very difficult time in my life and needed to rebuild from the wreckage following a complete emotional breakdown. There were times prior to this when I thought I was experiencing something similar, but this past time in particular was a real make or break moment for me. Thankfully, I’m still here and chose to document my resurfacing from such a dark period in my life.
Do you have another profession besides writing? I’m a full time stay-at-home mom and wife before being an author, I gratefully admit. I also indulge in baking, gardening, painting, and even a little woodwork aside from the usual laundry and housework that typically occupies my days.  
If you could go back in time, where would you go? I’ve thought about this a lot, if you can believe it… I’d have to say ancient Greece and to the time prior to the Minoan eruption of Thera (roughly 1600 BCE). Why, exactly, I couldn’t tell you only that one night’s dream took me there and I won’t ever forget the experience.   
What is your next project? I have several projects in the works, but completing the second installment in my Baltic Mist – A Timeless Saga trilogy definitely trumps my writing TO-DO list.

**Thank you very much for the interview – I had fun answering your questions! -Jen **
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1 comment:

  1. Hello,
    Thanks very much for hosting my book and for the interview.
    Jennifer Lohr, author