Q & A with Mariangela Parodi

Why did you decide to write your book?

I was journaling about how I was feeling about my experience leading up to the birth of my first son. Later it extended to his sleep issues and my struggles with an unsettled baby, with multiple food and chemical sensitivities. Writing was an outlet for me to express myself, a place where I could shed and release my burdens.

Journaling was for ME, but writing the manuscript was different, it’s for OTHERS. I wanted to share my difficulties with others, so that they didn’t feel alone, to give them hope and show them a different way to face the challenges. Some of my naturopathic clients were going through similar issues, and I knew my story would help them. I wanted to show them a way through the chaos.


Who/what inspired you to write?

I have been journaling since my mid teens, about my day, school and emotions. My mum was diagnosed with cancer when I was 16 years old; writing was my way to process the grief. She was a great writer, and I found her journal when she passed. She wanted to leave something for me, realising that I didn’t know very much about her. She was able to connect to me through her writing, something she was not freely able to do face to face.

My science degree taught me to write in a concise and structured way, but underneath that was my emotional writing, which came out when I opened my journal. I blended the two styles as I wrote the manuscript. I used my systematic approach when working on my son, identifying the areas where he needed healing, and I described them so that others could follow the process.


What was the most rewarding part of the writing process?

Receiving the completed book in the post and holding it in my hands. After what felt like a life time of compiling notes, rewriting and editing the manuscript, the finished product had arrived. It took about two years, when I became serious about completing it. I had entered a few book competitions, and sent it to a few publishing companies, with no success. I used it as a goal post to motivate me to finish, and each time it helped to me to refine the chapters.


What are your top tips for writing a book?

Persevere, and dedicate yourself to writing about half a page a day.

Just write and don’t edit, it opens up the creative right brain, and then it flows.

Have a journal handy for thoughts that pop up, get them down on paper, to anchor the idea.

Set yourself a weekly and monthly goal of the number of words you would like to achieve.

Reward yourself when you have reached a target, reinforcing your worth and motivation. 


Which books/authors have inspired you?

I love books that inspire change and personal growth.

Louise Hay, You Can Heal Your Life, was one of the first authors that helped me on my path. 


Bruce Lipton, The Biology of Belief, as a scientist provides evidence that negative beliefs can cause disease, and by changing those thoughts you can transform your health and wellbeing.


Chip Richard’s, Writing the Story Within, carries a passion for human potential and love of story as a pathway to bring creative visions through onto the page ... and out to the world.



Why did you decide to self publish and why Palmer Higgs?

I wanted to help my clients by sharing my story, and to give others inspiration. Even after having publishing house knock backs, my story still burned strongly inside and felt important enough to pursue. I chose Palmer Higgs because they were an Australian company. I had consistency with each step, and was completely supported through the process.


What do you hope your readers get out of your book?

I am passionate about uncovering people’s purpose, and I help them to tap into their path of potential. Alkymia’s Child is about restoring connection to self as much as re establishing a bond with a child. It offers naturopathic alternatives to childhood health issues, development of intuition, and spiritual healing. This book gives support and hope for those struggling with a child with health and behavioural issues. It shows ways of releasing and healing underlying negative beliefs, and also those inherited by genetic memory. Alkymia’s Child will transform and empower the reader to find alternatives to explore creativity in different ways.


Would you consider writing another book?

Yes, there is another book brewing inside. I am considering a companion book to this one. For those readers that would like to develop their intuitive abilities, to open up and transform themselves. It’s the practical techniques I generally use with my clients, and that way it can be shared in a step by step format. Everyone has the ability to live the life they dream of, and these techniques will help to clear blocks that contribute to struggle.


Do you have any other tips for new authors (i.e. book launch, research, marketing, etc.)?

Build authentic connections with others who believe in your project and compile a data base of names. When you are close to publishing, build the excitement; send out emails prior to the launch.

The launch venue doesn’t have to be a bookstore. I had mine at the Baha’i Centre in Hobart, with Tai Chi performers, American Indian flute and drum, and a singer and guitarist. The venue needs to suit your book, a café, or hall are a great way to express your style.