Thursday, January 5, 2017

Blog Tour: The First Few Steps by @hackett_writes with my #interview

Non-fiction, Self-Improvement
Date Published: October 27, 2016

In her debut non-fiction title, Kelli Hackett delivers a simple, no-nonsense guide to nourishing the soul. The First Few Steps: A Beginner's Guide to Practical Soul Care describes the action steps she took in her own life to revive a spirit illness she didn't even know she had... until it became too painful to ignore.

This guide aggregates several major recovery tools and principles into a quick, easy-to-read, how-to manual in healing the spirit. Offering a fresh perspective on how to prevent death of the spirit, this book includes techniques in NLP and meditation, borrows from 12-step recovery principles, incorporates the work of leading healers, and draws from the author's personal experience.

After practicing each Action Step, you will know how to:
* Put yourself and your health first
* Keep moving forward, no matter what
* Remove negativity from your life
* Find a mentor
* Enjoy the present moment
* Discover the lesson in everything
* Start healing your inner child
* Depend on your inner spiritual strength
* Begin a meditation practice
* Live and let live

Using the tools laid out neatly in this guide, you can tap into an internal source of power that will enliven your spirit and give you a life of wisdom, purpose, and peace.


What is the hardest part of writing your books?
Definitely making the time to write. I have a full-time marketing career, a part-time coaching career, two kids, and a very active social life. Making the time to write is always a challenge.

What songs are most played on your Ipod?
Haha, I have such an eclectic music taste. Right now, probably “Forty Six & 2” by Tool, “Empty” by Ray LaMontagne, “L.A. Woman” by the Doors, and “Stubborn Love” by The Lumineers.

Do you have critique partners or beta readers?
I don’t. I should! But I don’t. Mostly just friends and family. And my editor, of course.

What book are you reading now?
Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom by John O’Donahue. I have been on a non-fiction spree for quite some time. The last fiction I read was To Tame a Land by legendary Western writer Louis L’Amour.

How did you start your writing career?
I wanted to write a book, so I wrote one. It was as simple as that. I had thought about writing that first book for years. But really, it was just a decision. I decided to start. And once I acted on that decision, it all began. I finished Defending Wellton and self-published it. From there, I did virtual book tours, book signings, and town visits. None of it happened to me. I had to go out and make it happen.

I’m taking a hiatus at the moment while I focus on my life coaching career and holding speaking workshops. I think my next book will be about meditation. I touch on it in The First Few Steps, but it can definitely be a whole book in itself.

Kelli Hackett is the author of the suspense novel Defending Wellton and the contemporary fiction trilogy Something PerfectThe First Few Steps: A Beginner's Guide to Practical Soul Care is her first self-improvement publication. Kelli holds a BA in Psychology and is a certified Spiritual Life Coach. She is also a certified practitioner of Reiki, meditation, and neurolinguistic programming (NLP). Her passion is helping others see their own potential and grow to radical levels of self-love, while reminding them of their connection to Spirit. For more information about spiritual coaching, meditation classes, Reiki and NLP services, or workshops, visit

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