Monday, July 23, 2018

Interview with Kathryn Rudlin, author of 'Ghost Mothers'

Find out more about Kathryn Rudlin and what inspired her to write Ghost Mothers.


Kathryn Rudlin, LCSW has credentials as both a mental health professional, and a professional writer. Since 1988, she has worked in California as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), having completed her Masters Degree in Social Work at The University of Denver, a Bachelors Degree in Psychology at The American University, Washington DC, post-graduate courses in family therapy, and clinical supervision, and being personally trained by Dr. Karyl McBride in her recovery model for daughters of narcissistic mothers.

She has worked at every level of therapeutic treatment to include foster care, alternative schools, residential treatment, wilderness therapy, and psychiatric hospitalization. Currently, she is a therapist in private practice in San Diego, specializing in counseling and education for daughters with mothering issues, in addition to providing training on this topic to mental health professionals.

Kathryn is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, the Endometriosis Association, and the Unity Center of San Diego. As a professional writer she has published articles in the NASW California newsletter, San Diego Woman Magazine, and is a widely read contributing writer for New York Times Company, on the topic of troubled teens. In addition, as has written a workbook on effective group therapy with adolescents, created bi-lingual learning materials for children, and was co-owner of Clinical Inspiration, a company that developed continuing education materials for mental health professionals. Recently she edited Dr. Carolle Jean-Murat’s award winning book, Voodoo in My Blood: A Healer’s Journey From Surgeon to Shaman.

What inspired you to write your first book?

Having traveled this difficult journey, and then being so fortunate to find ways to thrive from this experience, I wanted to share all that I’ve learned to help bring this problem out of the shadows, to illuminate how much there is to be gained in actively healing from this pain.

What books have influenced your life the most?

Jodi Picoult really impresses me with her ability to write about difficult subjects in compelling ways. Although I usually avoid the horror genre, Dean Koontz has kept me glued to the page with his ability to weave an intriguing tale. And of course Dr. Suess, I think I learned how to read by memorizing Green Eggs and Ham.

What are your current projects?

I’m currently creating a companion workbook that outlines a step-by-step process to successfully work through the 6 Ghost-Busting strategies presented in my book.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

No. I think I obsessed about it so much in repeated editing and revision that I’m very satisfied with the final product.

What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author?

Interesting question. When I first started writing I was told that it took me a long time to get to the point, and that the information presented needed better organization. My approach has been to try to embrace all the legitimate criticism that I get in order to continue to improve my writing.

What has been the best compliment?

The best compliment I’ve received for my book is hearing that I’ve managed to describe an experience that many have been through, and did not know how to express.

Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?

I think writing is a journey, not unlike healing from a ghost mother. It takes patience, courage and the deep desire to follow the process wherever it decides to take you.

What is your favorite quality about yourself?

My passionate desire to constantly learn and grow, and my willingness to take risks.

What is your least favorite quality about yourself?

The tendency to not give myself the credit I deserve.

Is there anything else you would like to share?

In my view, writing an entire book and getting it published is worth all the effort!

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