Author Revealed

About Tosha Silver

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 1/16

Q. Previous occupations

A. Waitress, Window-washer, Massage therapist, ESL tutor (these were all before age 25) Intuitive Reader,

Q. Favorite job

A. Definitely writing and teaching

Q. High school and/or college

A. Yale

Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

A. Mozart

Q. Favorite movie

A. That changes every single week. At the moment, "Yes" by Sally Potter

Q. Favorite television show

A. Oh my goodness "Orange is the New Black" can't restart soon enough! Genius.

Revealing Questions

Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?

A. Show up. Surrender to Divine. Take notes. Laugh.

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Show up. Surrender to Divine. Take notes. Laugh.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Embracing the moment of Now completely, with the experience of being One with the Divine, no matter what is occurring….

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Spiders of course! (but getting better)

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. In Mexico, eating ceviche and dancing salsa or in India, wrapped in a sari at a Devi temple

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Maybe a cross between Florence Nightingale and Billy Holiday (actually I have no idea…I only know how to be me :))

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. Fabulous….also Definitely! And Exactly!

Q. What do you regret most?

A. I honestly don't have regrets. I'm too spiritually practical to focus that way as it wastes too much energy. I just open to whatever is next.

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. Singing and playing an instrument. Or the ability to have total grace under fire, juggling a hundred things at once without breaking a sweat.

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. An obsessive desire to allow the Divine to take the Lead and also finding the humor in almost insane situations

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. Impatience (yes, still…at times)

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. Improvisation in the Now and forgiving almost anyone (which by the way is different than forgetting)

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. A Bengal Tiger in the wild. Or just myself. I think it's good to just be You.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Trixie Belden, girl detective

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. I would say to Virginia Woolf, " HOW did you write such fervent love letters like those to Vita Sackville-West and so patiently wait?"

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. People who SCREAM on their cell phones. Anywhere.

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. Teaching and also being on the radio. I love radio.

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Generosity, honesty and wild sense of humor

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. Vietnamese pho (noodle soup) with hot sauce, lime, jalapeños, and basil

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. Marvin Gaye 'Got to Give it Up," Travelling Wilburys, "End of the Line," Mozart Symphony #41, Pharrel Williams, "Get Lucky," K.D. Lang's rendition of "Hallelujah"

On Books and Writing

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

A. Right now it's the Indian and Sufi devotional poets like Rumi, Hafiz, and Mirabai.

Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

A. It changes absolutely all the time depending on my mood, there could never be just five…perhaps there's more like 500.    But at the moment "Interior Castle" by Teresa of Avila, "The End of Your World" by Adyashanti, "The Devotional Poems" by Mirabai, "I am That" by Nisargadatta Maharaj,  "Wild" Cheryl Strayed

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. "The Game of Life and How to Play It" Florence Scovel Shinn

Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

A. Offer all your writing to the Divine and ask it to do the typing

Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?

A. You reminded me of everything I used to know and I'd forgotten. Thank you!