Meet Christine Organ, Author of Open Boxes
We had the opportunity to connect with Christine Organ, author and writer and wanted to share some of her story with our audience!
What compelled you to write “Open Boxes”?
I had always dreamed of writing a book, but I wasn’t sure what that looked like or the direction I wanted to take. About four years ago, I started writing a very different book and, in the process of editing that book, I discovered the message that I really wanted to deliver, which is one of connection. Some of the things that I love most about writing – and reading, for that matter – are the connections and relationships that are built. Regardless of where we are in our life, books have the power to help us feel a little less alone, to feel part of something bigger, and I am honored to be a part of that.
To what groups of readers does your book appeal? Why?
As a woman and a mother, Open Boxes definitely resonates with women and mothers, but its readership isn’t limited to women or mothers. In fact, Open Boxes appeals to anyone who is looking, whether they realize it or not, to find meaning in the everyday and foster greater connection to their life and the world around them. One of the most amazing things about the book is the wide range of people – from believers and non-believers, parents and non-parents, women and men – who have taken something meaningful away from the book. For this reason, Open Boxes makes an excellent gift for any occasion.
What do you hope people take away from your book?
I hope that readers learn to see the everyday miracles that surround us. Life is hard, no doubt, but there is so much beauty as well. Sometimes we have to look closely to see it, but it’s there. I also hope that readers become more comfortable opening the boxes of their life so that they can step more fully into the life that they were called to live. And I hope that – above all – readers feel a sense of purpose and connection after reading Open Boxes. I hope that they feel like someone understands them.
When you aren’t writing books, what other types of work do you do?
I regularly write on my own website (www.christineorgan.com), posting new content on a weekly basis. I also regularly write for the Huffington Post and websites like Scary Mommy and The Mid. I have had my work published on The New York Times and the Washington Post. I also offer online workshops, including writing workshops and creativity groups.
In addition to writing my own content, I also do freelance work for a variety of clients, largely in the legal industry. As a lawyer, I have an intimate understanding of the way law firms want to communicate with their clients and potential clients.
I also occasionally speak at churches and other venues about connection, spirituality, and the power of story-telling.
What is the most challenging part of your work or book writing? And how do you work to manage or overcome these challenges?
The most challenging part of book writing, for me, is still overcoming the fear. Of course, there are time constraints and motivational hurdles to overcome, as well, but I find that those challenges are exacerbated by the fear. When I don’t let the fear and doubts – whether it’s fear of failure or doubts about my abilities – get the better of me, I am more motivated to write and I am able to find the time to write, even if it is just a half hour at the middle of a busy day. When the fear and doubts take hold, however, I am less motivated and rest on the tired excuse of “a lack of time.”
What about your work brings you the most joy?
Connecting with readers, by far, gives me the greatest joy. There is, of course, the personal pleasure and satisfaction that comes from writing, as well, but blogging and book-writing expands on the personal satisfaction by facilitating the connection with other people.
I have also found that the act of writing, in and of itself, changes me and changes the way that I think. By writing about something, I think through the issue more fully and deeply, in a way that I might not otherwise do. Writing helps me figure out what I think and what I feel – which is sometimes very different than what I had originally thought.
Writing also holds me accountable for my actions. I can’t write about things like kindness and vulnerability, grace and acceptance if I am not also practicing those things as well.
Above all, however, is the connection and knowing that I may have, in some small way, touched someone else’s life. Nothing makes me happier than when a reader tells me that something I wrote has changed the way they think or the way that they see the world for the better.
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Christine Organ grew up in a small town in Wisconsin. She is a double-Badger, having earned both her B.A. and J.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She currently lives in suburban Chicago with her husband, two sons, two dogs, and a lizard. A pragmatic believer and hopeful optimist, Christine writes about faith, love, and the human spirit. She writes at www.christineorgan.com and has appeared on Headline News (a division of CNN). She is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post, and her work has also appeared on The New York Times, Washington Post, Scary Mommy, Patheos, Mamalode, and RELEVANT.