About Susan G. Shumsky
Q. Previous occupations
A. Disciple at the ashram of my guru, Jewelry Designer, Illustrator
Q. Favorite job
A. Teaching spiritual classes and retreats, and taking people on spiritual tours.
Q. High school and/or college
A. California College of Arts and Crafts
Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?
A. Vaughn Williams
Q. Favorite movie
A. Lost Horizon (1937)
Q. Favorite television show
A. Downton Abbey
Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
A. Helping people realize who they truly are.
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Listen to the "still small voice" within, and trust and follow your inner guidance.
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. To be content in this moment and every precious moment, no matter what the circumstances. To fully appreciate and be grateful for everything.
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
A. Not attaining my goals in this lifetime
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. Right here, right now, wherever I am.
Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
A. Emma Curtis Hopkins
Q. Which living person do you most admire?
A. The great mahatmas of India
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. Peace, peace, be still. Be still and be at peace.
Q. What do you regret most?
A. Being impatient and saying things that I regret later.
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. To be fully connected to Spirit 24/7/365.
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. Awakening to the presence of God within me.
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
A. Being too introverted in situations where it would benefit me to be more outgoing.
Q. What’s your best quality?
A. Helping people to connect directly with the presence of God.
Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. My true Self.
Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. Mahavatar Babaji, though I don't consider him fictional. To me, he is real.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A. Don't love any villains.
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. Lord Krishna: "How can I be united with God, 2/7/365, and never lose that connection?"
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
A. So-called spiritual teachers who are fraudulent, misleading, and/or delusional about their level of consciousness and spiritual achievement.
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. I have a travel company where I take people on tours, retreats, and cruises to sacred destinations all over the world.
Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
A. The one I'm in right now, but a lot more successful!
Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A. Lovingkindness, Spirituality, Integrity.
Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A. Salad with lots of goodies.
Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
A. "The Voice Within": Christina Aguilera, "The Prayer": Celine Dion and Josh Groban, "Imagine": John Lennon, "Let It Be": The Beatles, "The Greatest Love of All": Whitney Houston, "Across the Universe": The Beatles
On Books and Writing
Q. Who are your favorite authors?
A. Veda VyasaPatanjaliAdi ShankaracharyaParamahansa YoganandaRamakrishna ParamahansaRamana Maharishi
Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A. Bhagavad GitaTao Te ChingThe Razors EdgeLost HorizonBible
Q. Is there a book you love to reread?
Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
A. Listen to the "still small voice" within and write what you hear.
Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?
A. Your books have changed my life.