Today we welcome financial wizard, Michele Paiva to Novels Alive.
What drives your story forward in your books the most, the characters or the plot, or do you feel they are intertwined?
I feel that we are all intertwined. My clients who have been in poverty are having the same heartaches as my clients who have been multi-millionaires. What drives my book is the recognition that we are all compassionate beings who through intention or not, might have suffered some dysfunction from parents, society, or our relationships. These drivers shape our baseline of self-value and perception of the world around us.
If you were a character in one of your books, which would you be? The protagonist, mentor, villain, love interest, etc.?
While nonfiction, the reality is that I’ve worn many hats that are in this book from traumatized individuals to empowered. I’ve had my heart broken in many ways, from holding a dying parent to realizing that the person I loved was indifferent toward me at best. So, the power in the connection that I understand personally, not only professionally, the silent sadness and anxiety that someone might have.
If you had the power to make any of your books into a film, which would it be and why?
I’ve LOVE my book to be a documentary. I would love nothing more than taking people who felt that they had a hopeless situation and getting them to self-value and net-worth that they thought was beyond their grasp.
Is there a particular genre of fiction that you have always wanted to write, but haven’t yet tackled?
Yes, I’d like to write something comical. I am a fan of The Onion and would love to be able to write with satire and comedy to make people smile and forget their worries for a while.
If you could meet a literary character or author, who would you most like to meet?
In the book Enchanted April (also a movie) I would like to meet Caroline Dester, who is a youthful, beautiful aristocrat. I think If I’m going to go fictional and fantasy, why not have a friend who can light the town!
As with the rest of us, you have a real-life to live. So, in your most recent book, what was happening in your life and how did it influence your writing?
I’ve been broke and felt broken, it’s as simple as that. My story mirrored many of my clients.
Was there something in your first edit that didn’t make it in the final copy that you sometimes wish you would have kept?
I had a ton of research so, I wish I could have kept that but it seemed a little dry and when a person is anxious, they really don’t care if 51% vs 52% of people feel like them, you know? I just figured that most research and stats were for me not them, so I ditched them.
What do you do to prepare your mind to write? To get into the mind of your characters.
Coffee. Coffee. Coffee. Seriously though, I have to make sure I won’t get interrupted for a day or two, then I can at least begin the process. And… coffee.
What book as a child/adolescent most influenced you as a writer?
Grimm’s Fairy Tales. The reason is that it was about psychology on some level. Rumpelstiltskin was jarring to me. Spinning gold for a firstborn? Now I look back and don’t so many people work for money at the sacrifice of spending time with children, intentional or not – it’s a thing. So, this still jars me today.
How much research went into your last book?
Years actually, but the elbow-grease research was about six months.
What’s one of the most important things you’d like your readers to know about you? What defines you most as an author?
I want readers to know that they are more valuable than they might realize and have more potential to be fiscally empowered than they might realize. What defines me as an author is my awareness that I’ve been in the same space as many readers and clients, so I’m not lecturing, but having a heart-to-heart.
What is one thing about you that may surprise your readers?
I went from being almost homeless and traumatized after an assault, to feeling empowered and being an angel investor.
Can you tell us what prompted you to write your latest release?
The pandemic. The book was inside of me for a long time but the pandemic hit and I saw people hoarding toilet paper or spending every penny of their stimulus on things that would not be long-term security for them; I heard too many clients worried about money. I knew I needed to address this financial and self-preservation anxiety. I volunteered for six months in the beginning of lockdown but I knew I needed to do something that would help me feel that I gave back to society in some way. Not everyone can afford three or more years of therapy but almost everyone can afford a book, and they can pick and choose over 60 strategies to self-help through anxiety.
What’s next for you? What are you working on now?
I’m working on a book about narcissistic men and the women who love them.
Thank you for asking! By the way, if anyone has an anonymous story to share, https://
Thanks so much, Michelle! Luckily, I haven’t been involved with a narcissistic man. WHEW!
Publication Date: August 14, 2021
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Michele Paiva is a licensed psychotherapist with 30 years of experience, and a sought-after expert in trauma, neuromarketing, and finance therapy by the media. She’s been featured in Oprah magazine, Vogue, Forbes, The Washington Post, USA Today, and speaker at the American Marketing Association, several universities, and many organizations.