Featured Interview With Debra Valentina
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I was trained as a healthcare executive and led managed care organizations for many years, For over 30 years now, I have been a holistic coach for female executives and entrepreneurs.
I was raised in western Massachusetts in a small city called Holyoke. Today, after moving many times as an adult, I have settled in Denver, Colorado. Prior to that I lived in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Scottsdale, Arizona, Mercer Island, Washington, La Jolla, California, and Kauai, Hawaii. I love pets; however, I travel frequently (except for the last 3 months) and thus do not have a pet.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I was fascinated by books at a young age and started reading daily at the age of five. I started writing in my diary, also daily, in the second grade. Up until very recently, I had kept all my diaries and journals as I had the thought early on that I would be writing my memoir, which I did!
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
My favorite authors are personal development authors such as Wayne Dyer, Brene Brown, and Mike Dooley. My favorite genre is self-improvement. Who inspires me to write my own personal evolvement books are my coaching clients.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
My latest book is entitled “Beyond Chaos: Journey to Freedom and Joy.” It is my memoir about growing up in a challenging and dysfunctional family and expanding beyond that adversity to live a thriving, successful, and contributing life.
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