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Conversations with Lindsey Pope

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lindsey Pope.

Hi Lindsey, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
For as long as I can remember, I’ve had story and poem ideas coming to my mind. As I grew into a young adult, I’d feel the urge to go somewhere by myself and write them down. I often felt as though characters would talk to me and tell me their story, and I had the honor of transferring their words onto paper. I started visualizing myself having books, and how great I would feel walking into a bookshelf and seeing my own book on a shelf.

The problem was, that I’ve also had generalized anxiety for as long as I can remember. In March 2017, my anxiety had become so unbearable that, with the support of my family, I walked into Sheppard Pratt to seek treatment. Coming out of that experience, I used a combination of spiritual therapy, medication, and writing to heal. During my initial recovery time, my creativity was flowing as I was writing down several ideas, including a little poem about a crab. I really liked my poem and had the dream of publishing a children’s picture book.

To pursue my dream, I joined a professional organization to learn as much as I could about writing for children and also to explore the possibility of having a publisher pick up my book. While I learned a lot, it became apparent to me that the traditional publishing process was a bit intense for my anxiety. I had dove into the deep end of receiving feedback and edits, and I edited my poem so much that, I eventually lost its voice. I was pleasantly surprised as I was able to compile other things I wrote to become my first self-published book which is an inspirational anthology similar to Chicken Soup for the Soul.

At the time I brought this book together, one of my best friends had started a nonprofit organization in Harford County called Found in Faith Ministries, I was so inspired that I titled the book Found in Faith and donated all proceeds to her organization. Over the next few years, I would think about my crab story and occasionally revisit my manuscript, but my anxiety would convince me that my words weren’t good enough, and I wouldn’t be able to accomplish my dream. While I was pregnant in 2019, I began creating fictional conversations between my daughter and me while she was in the womb.

I posted these conversations on Twitter and they seemed to grow in popularity, which inspired me to compile them into an anthology I self-published titled Wisdom from the Womb. In November 2019, I became a mother for the first time to my wonderful daughter, Brielle. Four months later, the world shut down due to COVID. I spent the first year of her life mainly sheltering her from the pandemic and felt a bit of relief after her first birthday when things had finally started settling into a new normal. Having a daughter inspired me to finally pursue my ultimate dream of having a children’s picture book as I now had a child of my own looking up to me.

In June 2022, I felt a surge of creative energy and motivation to finally bring my dream to life. I decided that I would self-publish the book to keep the process more manageable for me, and I’m happy to share that with the help of an amazing illustrator, I was able to get the book, titled Sheldon’s Time, together in less than two months. I love to pay forward all the help I have received, so I have decided to donate a portion of all proceeds to The Maritime Museum in Havre de Grace to help support their amazing environmental initiatives.

As I prepare for my first children’s book to finally enter the world, I still have a lot of anxiety. The difference is, however, that I now refuse to allow my anxiety to stop my life. I will push forward through my fears, in hopes that I may inspire others to do the same.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
My anxiety has been an ongoing obstacle for me as it causes me to doubt myself and my abilities. Writing came very naturally to me, but in meeting other writers and learning more about the craft, I found myself severely doubting that I was good enough.

While I received some great feedback on my story along the way that really helped me strengthen it to where it is today, I also took too much feedback to heart and changed some elements that were very important to me.

This caused me to lose my writing voice for a long time until I finally felt recommitted to bringing the story to life in the way I see fit. During this process, I have learned so much, but perhaps most importantly to me the value of staying true to your own voice, despite when others challenge you.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I specialize in intuitive writing, which is where I’m able to channel specific personalized messages to others. I have used this ability to provide friends and family with meaningful gifts. I am most proud of the personalized stories and poems that I have created for others that touch their hearts.

I also use my professional education and experience in training and development to teach a class I developed called “Writing to Heal.” I believe what sets me apart is my deep empathy for other people, and my desire to connect with someone’s heart and make them smile with my words.

What was your favorite childhood memory?
My favorite childhood memory was watching “I Love Lucy” with my Memaw. That has been my lifelong favorite show as it makes me laugh and also contains so many heart-touching, genuine moments.

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