Interview with Novelist Laurie Buchanan (Note to Self: A Seven-Step Path to Gratitude and Growth)

For the past fifteen years Laurie Buchanan has worked as a holistic health practitioner and transformational life coach. Embracing the philosophy that “whatever you are not changing, you are choosing,” Buchanan has helped hundreds of clients turn intention into action, bridging the gap between where they are and where they want to be—body, mind, and spirit.

Globally, readers visit her blog, Tuesdays with Laurie (, to enjoy a healthy dose of positivity served with an “internal inventory” question posed as food for thought. A minimalist at heart, Buchanan lives with her husband in a 600-square-foot carriage house (circa 1865) in the Pacific Northwest.

Link to Book
Note to Self: A Seven-Step Path to Gratitude and Growth hits the shelves November 1, 2016 and is currently available for pre-order on Amazon:

note_to_selfInterview with Laurie Buchanan:

Matthew Toffolo: What is the general theme and tone of your novels?

Laurie Buchanan: Note to Self: A Seven-Step Path to Gratitude and Growth is about offloading emotional baggage—something that’s especially important when we realize that we don’t just pack for one; we pack for seven of our selves—self-preservation, self-gratification, self-definition, self-acceptance, self-expression, self-reflection, and self-knowledge. Each plays a vital rose in harmony, overall health, and well-being.

MT: Why should people buy your novels?

LB: Note to Self: A Seven-Step Path to Gratitude and Growth helps readers turn intention into action; bridging the gap between they are, and where they want to be—body, mind, and spirit.

MT: How would you describe your novels in just two words?

LB: Motivational. Inspirational.

MT: What movie have you seen the most in your life?

LB: I can never get enough of the extraordinary cinematography and sound track of the original Man From Snowy River.

MT: Was being a novel writer something you’ve always dreamed of doing?

LB: Not at all. Growing up I had aspirations of being a magician, an international spy, or a mad scientist.

MT: Do you have an all-time favorite novel? Have you read a novel more than once?

LB: For decades my favorite novel was Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. However, last year’s When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi has taken its place. Completely different, they’re both excellent reads!

MT: What motivates you to write?

LB: Quite literally—nothing. A dyed-in-the-wool minimalist, the more “nothing” (empty space, no material “things”) I have around me, the more I’m motivated to write. My “muse” is wide open space.

MT: What artist would you love to have dinner with?

LB: Dead—Georgia O’Keeffe. She appeals to me because she distinguished herself as one of America’s most prominent modern artists. Significant in that the American art community was dominated by men during her lifetime (1887-1986).

Alive—Terrill Welch. Canadian impressionist painter and photographer, she appeals to me because her work reminds us that there is only one moment—this one.

MT: Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

LB: I am passionate about minimalism (non-acquisition), brisk walks, bicycling, companion animals, and laughter. Definitely laughter!

Embracing the belief that “Life is an expression of the choices we make,” I am a teacher and student of purposeful living. With tremendous respect for the earth’s natural resources, my goal is to leave the slightest footprint on the planet, while at the same time making a lasting impression on its inhabitants—one that is positive, uplifting, constructive, and healing.

MT: Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

LB: Self-confidence. Persistence. Concision (word economy).


Interviewer Matthew Toffolo is currently the CEO of the WILDsound FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival. The festival that showcases 10-20 screenplay and story readings performed by professional actors every month. And the FEEDBACK Monthly Festival held in downtown Toronto on the last Thursday of every single month. Go to for more information and to submit your work to the festival.

By writingfest

Monthly Festival showcasing the best of new novels from around the world. Novel transcripts get performed by professional actors. OR, we also turn novels into movies and seen by 1000s online and at various film festivals.

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