I’d like to introduce everyone to this week’s Author of the Week, Claudia Svartefoss! Claudia is a happy perfectionist and author of Positively Perfect, a nonfiction that helps readers acknowledge perfectionism as an asset.
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself, your hobbies and interests.
Once I graduated university, I realized that I wanted more than a regular 9 to 5. I’ve lived in Greece, Sweden, Norway, Poland and Sweden again. I love discovering new cultures and lifestyles and getting to know different people to see how they define happiness and well-being.
I love writing, reading, studying the subject of self-help, cooking, baking, and craft making. I am especially interested in why we do what we do, as human beings, and how to get from where we are to where we want to be, in terms of happiness, freedom, empowerment, and abundance.
2. When and why did you start writing books?
I started writing books a few years ago when I felt inspired by the knowledge I was acquiring while studying self-help books, courses, and seminars. I just published my first book, “Positively Perfect – How to Love and Utilize Your Perfectionist Qualities,” as it took some time to perfect my writing skills and also to narrow in on the subject that I am most passionate about.
I love sharing my knowledge, understanding, and experience with others who are interested in becoming happier and creating the life they want.
3. What made you decide to tackle writing as a career?
I love understanding the “whys” and the “hows” when it comes to ourselves, as human beings. I love studying this subject and I feel so inspired to write about it, from my own perspective and understanding.
We are now living in the best of times and so, we have access to the most information. But also, we have evolved and expanded into thinking, emotional beings, and we must update our knowledge about ourselves.
I love writing from a well-being based perspective, turning the attention to what’s right and wonderful in ourselves, our lives, and our environment. I want to be a part of the amazing community of writers who are focusing their writing from an empowered perspective, and so I have decided to begin my career as a self-improvement writer.
4. Which one of your books or characters is your favorite?
My favorite book is my first book, “Positively Perfect” because I am so passionate about this particular subject. I realized perfectionism is mostly seen as a flaw but I have utilized it my entire life in a positive way, to accomplish my goals and dreams.
I am excited to share my understanding, knowledge, and personal experience about this subject with others who are struggling with perfectionism, who are fighting against who they really are, and therefore unnecessarily living a diminished state of well-being.
5. Which one of your books was the hardest to write and stretched you the most as a writer?
“Positively Perfect” has stretched me the most as a writer because of the negative focus on this subject, giving the impression there is something wrong with us, as perfectionists. Indeed, if we misuse our perfectionist qualities, we do experience a painful life, but if we learn to utilize our natural qualities, we will experience the most joyful life.
6. Who is your favorite author and book?
My favorite author is Tony Robbins – I love his passion for assisting others in improving their state of being, their mindset and their lives. My favorite book of his is “Awaken the Giant Within.” This book introduced me to the self-help world and I have been loving it ever since.
7. What book are you reading right now?
Right now I am reading a wonderful book about time management by New York Times best selling author Kevin Kruse: “15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management: The Productivity Habits of 7 Billionaires, 13 Olympic Athletes, 29 Straight-A Students and 239 Entrepreneurs.”
In today’s busy world, we must make learning time management a priority.
8. Where do you get your inspiration for your books?
I get the inspiration for my books from this “place” of knowing that we are loved and taken care of, as a natural part of this environment. This state of being is where all brilliant, wonderful, empowering, abundant ideas come from.
I have been and will be writing about how to achieve this state of being, so that all my readers can be the best that they can be, enjoy the most of their lives, and create the amazing things they are inspired to.
9. What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I love going out for walks with my husband Thor, cooking and baking together, and making crafts. I mostly love working with my husband in empowering others to create their own freedom, abundance, and well-being: I tackle the writing part, while my husband takes care of the technical and marketing part of this subject.
10. Do you have any new books in the works?
Yes, I am planning to write my next book, “Limitless Mindset – How to Utilize Your Emotions to Achieve Your Goals” very soon. It will help people understand at an even deeper level how to utilize our ability to feel emotion in order to fulfill our purpose here: to create, experience, and enjoy the perfect life we individually choose for ourselves.
I also have plans to write two more books in the “Positively Perfect” series: the second book of the series will address perceived problems of perfectionism and the third book will tackle the subject of improving negative aspects of perfectionism.
Amazon: Positively Perfect
Facebook: Claudia Svartefoss