Featured Interview With Patricia Gonzalez
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
PATRICIA HAMMOND-GONZALEZ, an inspirational teacher and author shares her ‘tools for change’ in her new inspirational book ‘The Ultimate Experience.’ She tells her story cleverly, applying the wise teaching to practical experience, all culminating in an incredibly satisfying full circle.
Born in Spirit Lake Idaho, she’s #3 of 4 daughters. As a child, she was a ballerina, a cowgirl, the winner of a beauty contest, and hula hoop contest. She was a member of 4-H who raised a calf that won 3rd place at the Fair. In high school, she won a creative writing contest, she was drill team leader, she loved music, dancing and singing, she was the ‘rebellious teenager’ who got into trouble a few times too. She was a Hairdresser, a Corporate Trainer, Project Manager, Marketing & Sales Operations Manager. She’s been a wife twice; now to a Musician, she loves traveling, and meeting new friends. Her family moved her to California when she was 18. She’s lived in London and now Spain. She is a mom to an adult daughter and her rescue Yorkie, Buddy. Her entire adult life has been as a Spiritual traveler, she shares her lessons in whatever form manifests – groups, one-on-one, online chats, and books.
Patricia teaches through her heart. She knows the human path is a difficult one… she lives it. But she also knows of the ‘Miracles’ awaiting each student who dares to walk a path of forgiveness
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
Time has allowed me understanding on why I was chosen to write the book, The Ultimate Experience, and deliver its message… and it wasn’t because I was a masterful writer. A Higher Source chose me… because, I know with certainty the power of Forgiveness.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
Roger Ebert – I know that’s a strange choice and I don’t even know if he wrote a book, but his blog has been so helpful to me; when needing a word, or a phrase. Because I wasn’t a writer per se, (Oh, I won a writing contest in High School), I fashioned my conversational style to Roger’s because it was seemed natural, not contrived. I still visit his blog and read his movie critiques… just to remind me.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
The Ultimate Experience’s theme is a metaphor for the journey/adventure we’re all on – returning home to our Father’s house/outstretched arms.
I was an unwilling author. My passion at the time was studying and practicing forgiveness, A Course in Miracles kind of forgiveness. Two years later, the title, characters, dialog, lessons began to appear on my mental screen. The daily barrage and immediacy of these images forced me to admit – it was a book!