To tell the story of Norma Mclauchlin is to tell the story of a woman whose destiny pulled and tugged at her until she couldn’t resist it any longer. Norma heard the voice of God from a very early age, but for a young child with no real understanding of the clarity of communication from her creator, in a world that has forgotten that kind of communication is possible, Norma resisted the call.
Can you tell everyone who is Norma Mclauchlin?
I am the founder and CEO of Chosen Pen Publishing. As a Master Literary Coach, I help women write their overcoming stories and become entrepreneurs by turning their books into a business.
In and around my community, I’m known for inspiring women to embrace spiritual change and live more fulfilling lives. Walking in my gifts and operating from the heart of my own experiences as a wife, mother, co-pastor, and administrator, I have the expertise to connect with women from all walks of life. As a result, I’ve accepted the call to help women develop their self-esteem and self-worth.
Chosen Pen Publishing is one of the vehicles I use to encourage women to access the tools necessary to bring about the transformation that will help them realize their God-given gifts and potential.
When did you know you wanted to become an author?
Once I stepped fully into my purpose and accepted the clear and direct guidance of the Holy Spirit, the path became clear. Suddenly I realized that my path had always been available to me. It was simply a matter of making a choice. And that’s how Chosen Path Publishing was born. It was through this mechanism that I published my first inspirational book and journal, Free to Choose Worthiness.
Can you tell us what Chosen Pen Publishing is and its motivation behind it?
I founded Chosen Path Publishing to break old pain cycles and create new healing, strength, and support processes. I know for sure that my own story has helped countless others step into their purpose and choose the path God has laid out for them, so every time I help someone by telling her own story, she creates a new cycle.
Each person is the next rotation in the cycle, who finds wellness, hope, and strength in telling their story, a story that has the power to help someone else do the same. And the cycle continues. That is my mission and the mission of Chosen Path Publishing.
I will always do whatever it takes to get to the bottom of my client’s pain and trauma to heal the broken parts and get the story out. I then begin turning that story into publishing success, creating income streams for my clients.
Can you explain what are the origins and present endeavors of Chosen Pen Publishing?
Faith is the cornerstone of Chosen Path Publishing and my life, both professional and personal. Pure, unadulterated, unwavering faith in God leads us to our true selves and our true destinies and the true bliss that only exists in direct connection with God.
I tug and pull at you, challenging you to live your best life, purge yourself of all the negativity you have let weigh you down, and tell your story to help you move forward and help others who come after you.
My core belief system is without judgment, shame, blame, or criticism. I’m not here to hand down punishment or reward, only to be an instrument of God’s hand as he works through me to facilitate the forthcoming of the story (and quite often more than one story) you have inside you. You are worthy. Period.
Can you tell us more about the book(s) you’ve written?
I mostly write in the inspirational genre. My Kindle and print books include guided journals, devotionals, and how to write books. The most recent series is Lady McLauchlin Asks which covers topics such as Are You a Godly Entrepreneur, Do You Love Yourself, Do you follow Godly Principles in Your Business?
I have written and published children’s books, anthologies, and self-help books. But my passion is forgiveness. I am currently delving into Christian Fiction with the Forgiveness Game novella. Even as Christians, forgiveness does not always come easy for most of us. Self-preservation is the first law of man; therefore, in our natural state, our first instinct is to protect ourselves when injured, physically or emotionally. Consequently, our Christ-like attributes of grace, mercy, and forgiveness tend to take a back seat when you believe you have been offended.
Is forgiveness a conscious choice, a physical act involving the will, or is it a feeling, an emotional state of being? The Forgiveness Anthology, Textbook with accompanying resources, and guided journals offer insight and answers to these and many more common questions surrounding the topic of forgiveness. In addition, based on the Forgiveness books, I host Forgiveness Summits, Conferences, and Retreats. I also speak on the topic of Forgiveness on several platforms.
Why do you feel it’s important to help authors share their stories?
We live in a world increasingly riddled with fear, division, shame, blame, guilt, and criticism. You tell lies to yourself and about yourself that keep you locked in those awful feelings, trapped in a place of terror and abuse. Fortunately, like the prodigal son, (Luke 15:11–32), all it takes is realizing that God is pure love and that you are perfect. I can see that perfection in those, and I dedicate my life to helping them understand it in themselves. All children are perfect in the eyes of God, and we are all his children. I seek authors who have stories to help the hurting to overcome adversity. I desire stories to be the bridge between the readers and God when they have let the world separate them from him.
What advice can you provide to those that would like to become an author?
Read, Read, Read. Establish a reading habit that matches what you hope to write and publish. Stay in learning mode. Never too soon to start your email list. The real meaning of writing comes from the words flowing from your fingertips. Write a lot and get critiqued occasionally. Remember the key to publishing success is professional editing.
What would you like our viewers to gain from this interview?
I value choice. I want more than anything for viewers to understand that everything they do, think, and ultimately feel is a choice. I also want viewers to recognize and understand those choices, and then help them succeed if they choose the path to publishing.
How can people connect with you to learn more?
Twitter: @McLauchlin McLauchlin
LinkedIn: McLauchlin Norma
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Photo Credits: Tracey Wallace