Indie Book Promo is happy to welcome Kytka Hilmar-Jezek to the blog. She is a speaker and the author of Book Power: A Platform for Writing, Branding, Positioning and Publishing among many others. Kytka is here to share some information about her latest book which actually helps people to write their books. If this sounds like the sort of book you would be interested in reading, please use the buy links at the bottom of the post to pick up a copy or two.
IBP: How would you describe your book in 20 words or less without using the blurb?
Kytka: The book invites each person to the game of writing to express their unique voice and journey!
IBP: Tell us a little about yourself.
Kytka: I was born in Prague, Czech Republic and have always done a lot of travel. My parents are entrepreneurs who had many businesses and so I learned early on to cherish the freedom of working for oneself. Being a writer and speaker allow me to work from anywhere, though I do confess it feels much more like playing. I enjoy the freedom of not being tied to any 9 to 5 type of responsibility and that residual royalties continue to come, whether I am writing or not. So I travel a lot. There are so many incredible things to see and do, my children come with me and experiencing the world is their curriculum.
IBP: Where would you live if you could live anywhere in the world?
Kytka: Many years ago I thought I had that place and then life shifted. I learned that home is not a place but a way of being. I am at home wherever I am with my children. There are so many beautiful places and even more beautiful people, it’s good to have the opportunity to move around and get to experience them. If I had to choose a specific place, it would need to be somewhere near where the mountains meet the sea.
IBP: What’s your current guilty pleasure?
Kytka: Theater. Wherever we go, we try to schedule things that we can see a performance. Music, dance, stage plays, opera even open mic night, we love to see people show their creative sides when performing. There is so much undiscovered talent in the world. It’s also a very intimate experience, to see someone completely become a character in a play or to sing from their heart and soul. I love that human connection. When I do my live events with authors, I see a part of that same spark in the attendees. People are beautiful when their passion is sparked and they are encouraged to show what’s inside of them.
IBP: What do you love about writing?
Kytka: I love telling it like it is. So many people in our culture are looking to do things a specific way, or the “right” way. When I write, I just allow my inner truth to come forth. I don’t worry about being judged or measured. I am grateful for the freedom to express and share my own experience and because it is my own experience, I like the powerful feeling of owning it. Life is too short to pretend to be someone else. I get a lot of letters, and when I receive them and people tell me that my work shifted their life, I know I’ve made a difference – that feels incredible.
IBP: What’s the hardest part of writing a book?
Kytka: Well, the last 8 years of my life have been spent teaching people how to create books, and how easy it can be. I like when people are authentic and speak in their own voice, so I encourage them to speak their books into being, and then have the audios transcribed. I know that this ruffles the feathers of some other writers, but to each his own. Most of my students are business people who are writing non fiction about how to do specific things, how they conduct their specific business or service. They do not think of themselves as writers and they get stuck sitting over the keyboard because in their minds they believe a writer writes a specific way. When I take away that barrier and allow them to speak about what they do, what they are passionate about – the content just flows and oftentimes it’s quite brilliant. I always carry a recorder and when I get into those moments of flow myself, I capture everything. I don’t believe there is anything hard about writing a book.
IBP: Do you see yourself in any of your characters?
Kytka: Of course, as most of my books are non-fiction – I share much of my journey. I’ve written a lot of parenting, homeschooling, alternative medicine and raw foods books – under my name and pen names. Every book has my experiences in it.
IBP: Where do you get your inspiration?
Kytka: I get my inspiration from the wonderful life I have been blessed to live. I love research and more often than not, I take the road less traveled I see myself as a pioneer and when I was younger, it was difficult because I lacked support and community. This was before social media, meetups and Facebook But now, some twenty years later. I get to see all of the choices I researched and made then becoming more mainstream. It’s a wonderful feeling to think that perhaps my bravery to walk the talk and then share it in writing may have forged a path for others now on a similar life journey. I’m most inspired when I get hand written letters from my readers, telling me how I have shifted their life experience. I save each and every one of them. It feels good to know I am making a difference.
IBP: What book is currently on your nightstand?
Kytka: I’m currently re-reading “The Hand” by Frank R. Wilson. It discusses how it’s uses actually shapes the brain, language and human culture. Actually, I often simultaneously read related books in groups, so next to The Hand I also have “The Alphabet Versus the Goddess: The Conflict Between Word and Image” by Leonard Shlain. Both fascinating in their subject matter about how our brains develop and work.
IBP: Where can your fans find you?
Kytka: My name is so unusual, they can just search my first name and I pop up everywhere! My main blog is BeMoreThanYouAre.com and my contact site is KytkaMedia.com. I’m on all the social media, again just look for me by my first name.
IBP: Vampires or werewolves?
Kytka: Not my favorite choice, but if I had to choose, vampires. I read interview with the Vampire in 1977 and I loved Anne Rice. At that time I only read fiction. I graduated from those types of books to non-fiction around 1982 and I never looked back though if you ask Lestat or Louis, definitely Louis. I loved his tragic life, perhaps the influence crossed over to my love of the theater and performing arts. Is the Phantom of the Opera a choice? He’d win.
IBP: Are you writing something else at the moment?
Kytka: Yes, I am writing a book on how children learn and how minds of entrepreneurs work in much the same way as children’s minds. I’m a strong advocate of alternative education and all three of my children were home and unschooled so it’s something I’m passionate about. I am also continuously writing new training materials for my Book Power students because the technology is shifting so fast, I need to keep up with the game!
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“In Book Power Kytka has broken this process down to an easy to understand and easy to apply complete system for anyone who has a burning desire to share their experience and insights with the world. Her information is comprehensive and applicable to this modern era of social media and online marketing…the leveling field for authors of all kinds. If you are ready to share your gifts with humanity start reading this book now!” ~ From Natalie Ledwell, Author of Never in Your Wildest Dreams, speaker and co-founder of MindMovies.com
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Kytka Hilmar-Jezek, is a Best Selling Author of Reiki for Children, Waldorf Community Exchange, Born To Learn, The Growing Entrepreneur and Book Power. She founded Waldorf Homeschoolers in 1996 and has been an active voice in alternative education since. Kytka is a mover and shaker who continuously challenges the status quo and introduces people to a New Paradigm way of being. She is an international speaker and an inspirational powerhouse. Her approachable personality tends to have people perceive her more as a Luminary than just a Leader, because she tends to light the path for others by being a living example of the subject matter she speaks and writes about.