Rhode Island Authors Showcase – Featuring Mary Catherine Volk!

The Rhode Island Authors Showcase is back! Each day in November, I’ll be featuring a different RI author. Each post features a giveaway – a book, an anthology, or something else! All you have to do to be eligible for the daily drawing is leave a comment on the blog post. I’ll use a random number generator to pick a winner one week after the blog post (to give you time to catch up).

By commenting on each post, you’re also entered to win our bigger prizes: GRAND PRIZE is a $250 Amazon gift card, BONUS PRIZE is a $100 Amazon gift card, and the CHEER UP YOU WON SOMETHING PRIZE is a $50 Amazon gift card. The big prizes will be chosen, again using a random number generator, on December 7.

Mary Catherine Volk

Very happy to welcome back Mary Catherine Volk to today’s blog. Mary Catherine is a truly gifted and compassionate individual. I’ve asked her the usual questions:

Where is your hometown? Narragansett, RI

What genre(s) do you write? Spiritual, Self-Help

What have you written? Believe In Forever – How to Recognize Signs from Departed Loved Ones (published 2016). Trust It – You Have the Power Within You  (published 2021).

Who are your favorite authors? Dr. Eber Alexander, author of Proof of Heaven, describing his near-death experience from a neurosurgeon’s non-believer point of view. His latest book is Living in a Mindful Universe – A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife.

Caroline Myss, five-time New York Times bestseller and author of 10 books on mysticism and wellness: Intimate Conversations with the Divine, Sacred Contracts, and Why People Don’t Heal & How They Can.

Louise Hay, founder of Hay House Publishing. She was a motivational speaker and wrote her first book at age 60. She then went on to launch the first self-publishing book company, Hay House Publishing. Her self-help books were so motivating and inspiring!

What were your favorite books growing up? Change your Thoughts – Change your Mind by Dr. Wayne Dyer, self-help author and motivational speaker; The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum.

As a child, I loved to draw cartoons and write children’s stories. The “Peanuts” comic strip by Charles Schulz was my favorite.  My high school art teacher, Carl Rittman, was a college classmate of Charles Schulz. He told us a story how their art professor had once told Charles Schulz to give up on being an artist, he had no talent! So it surprised everyone to see him become the most famous student in their class. Mr. Rittman was a well-known Rhode Island landscape artist but he realized and encouraged all of his students to follow dreams and passion.  Be inspired and creative, it may just make you famous.  My dream was to be a cartoonist at Disney when I grew up. 

What do you like best about writing? Meeting people at book signing events and hearing how much my book has helped them in their grieving process. They order autographed copies to give as gifts. This inspires me to write another book.   

What do you find most challenging about writing? Setting aside the time to write and stay focused.

Where do you draw your inspiration? I draw my inspiration from author Louise Hay. She published her first book at 60 years old and I started writing my first book at age 61.

You’ve just been given the chance to collaborate on a book with Louise Hay. What’s the title going to be? You Are Never too Old To Do What You Love

You can connect with Mary Catherine and learn more by visiting her website: http://www.marycatherinevolk.com

Find her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marycatherine.volk.3

Find her books on Amazon: https://tinyurl.com/2vycn3df

Please answer this question below for a chance to win a 15-minute reading from Mary Catherine:

Do you have a fear of death?    Yes- what is it?      No – why not?

21 thoughts on “Rhode Island Authors Showcase – Featuring Mary Catherine Volk!

  1. I used to be petrified of death, until my dad passed in 2017. I met Mary at a book event and I got inspired to know more. Then I started learning about NDEs and spirituality and I’m definitely less afraid as I know there is something beautiful on the other side.

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  2. No, I don’t have a fear of death, it’s just sad that I would be leaving all my loved ones behind. I now I have to go sometime, it’s the norm of life, but it doesn’t make it any easier leaving my loved ones.

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  3. What a rewarding experience it must be to know that something you’ve done (ie writing to help others) has made positive changes in other’s lives! May your success continue. I have thought about death quite a bit lately, as I have been I’ll, and my answer to your question is “yes” and “no”. I am a really, believing Catholic, so I know there is an afterlife, but, I am afraid of the dying process…honestly, I don’t want to suffer! However, that is all a part of being human and I pray to go through it gracefully and courageously with God’s help.

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  4. I don’t have a fear of death. I believe the transition will be as beautiful as a caterpillar entering a chrysalis and emerging as a Monarch butterfly! I know and trust that death will be a beautiful experience but one we could never understand with our earthly minds or God would have explained it to us. I always think of trying to tell a 2 year old that you are going someplace next week! A parent soon learns that a 2 year old simply cannot grasp the concept of time beyond the present and it is useless to try to explain. Also, since writing, The Butterfly Club: “Is that you?” I certainly can identify with your own writing. The Butterfly Club tells the true-life stories of people being comforted by undeniable signs, the most cited being a butterfly, that are sent in God’s perfect timing to let a person grieving the loss of a loved know that they are safe.

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  5. I don’t fear death itself. I do fear how I could die. I do fear how difficult my life could be if I should be very old. I do worry about my children’s and grandson’s future.

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  6. Sometimes I think people say they don’t fear death just to seem tough. At my age, I know I’m on borrowed time, and I cherish every day that goes by. You just don’t die and go to Heaven. According to my faith, and I am Catholic, there is a stop along the way called Purgatory, which may last for years. Before I go, and we all will go, I’d like to live long enough for one more thing on my bucket list. And even then, I won’t go quietly. Mary writes about the afterlife and how it truly exists. She has a rare gift and I’m glad she decided to write, even at an age over 60. My first novel came out when I was 71, and I am releasing number 8 as I turn 81. Keep them coming Mary!

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  7. I do have a fear of death. I want to continue to live for many years and see our beautiful granddaughter grow and thrive. While I do believe in God and heaven above, I’d like to stick around for awhile.

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  8. Hi Mary, I don’t have a fear of death as much as a fear of missing events in my grandchildren’s lives. I want to see the all grow to adulthood. (I have a Charles Shultz story to tell you next time I see you.)

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  9. We have 2 framed prints by Carl Rittman in our house, and I remember him coming to my grandmother’s house to bring her one of them. He did a lot of local RI scenery. As for death, I think about it more as I get older, but the only part that worries me is no longer being with my children and grandchildren. I don’t want to live to be super-old because I took care of my grandmother until she was 96. She had all her marbles, but her body was so frail, and she said to me, “It’s awful to be the last one and watch all your friends and family die before you do.” That hit me in the gut! But I do believe in God and Heaven and pray that people are reunited after death.

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  10. No, I don’t have a fear of death because I know there’s a heaven: it’s where God is. I’m just fearful of the crossover because it might be painful.

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