Interview with Suzie Newell, Author of The Path 365
Suzie Newell has her doctorate specializing in coping mechanisms. Her work as a nurse anesthesiologist on obstetric units in the epicenter of the opioid crisis exposed her to the day-to-day roadblocks people face not just within the world of substance use disorder, but in everyday life as well. Her own journey began with a degree in political science working in social justice. The Path 365: Daily Direction for Ladies and Mothers, Witches and Others is the culmination of a lifetime of work in healthcare, in peer support, and within her own personal journey.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
The work I had done on coping mechanisms for my doctorate should be available to everyone. It isn’t difficult to change how our brain responds to stress, it just takes time and direction. So I wrote the book.
The book is a daily direction book for everyone based on coping mechanisms that increase the feel good hormones. When I wrote the book I had three goals. First, it had to be down to earth, or relatable. Second, I wanted it to be something you could read over and over. And lastly, I wanted it to be beautiful. I wanted it to be something you wanted not only to read, but to look at.
What Can Readers Expect from This Book?
Inspiration, change, laughter, and introspection.
Can You Tell Me Three Fun Facts About You?
As a kid, I actually sat on the pyramids of Giza, before that kind of thing was made completely restricted.
My grandmother, born in 1903, graduated from the University of Chicago and cut off her hair, cut off her dress and went out to vote, all three, for the first time in women’s history.
I have a daughter who is a singer-songwriter named Madeline Jaina.
What Are Your Plans for Future Writing Projects?
We are working on a companion journal. I would like to do a more gender neutral version of the book. I also have started a concept fantasy novel, that is actually a version of an autobiography.
What Do You Want the World to Know About Your Book?
It really does help you learn how to deal with stress more effectively.
How Do You Think Your Book Relates to The World Today?
It is definitely timeless. In this current climate of division and isolation, however, it is imperative that we focus on things that bring us back to a positive place in life. This book is the answer to the strife that the world has endured in recent years.
What Do You Hope Will Be the Everlasting Thoughts for Readers Who Finish Your Book?
You are never done. Being perfect is never the goal. The journey is the goal. The last entry says Wash, Rinse, Repeat. Keep going.
What Should Remain with Readers Long After Putting Your Book Down?
I don’t think they should ever put this book down for good. (See above).
If People Can Only Buy One Book This Month, Why Should It Be Yours?
You can’t afford NOT to start on this journey. You need this. The world needs this.