Interview with Maria Isabel Pita, Author of Light & Breath (Lucid Dreams & Spiritual Warfare, Book 3)

Mar. 22, 2018

I was privileged to invite Ms. Pita for an interview with BooKecCenTric to discuss her latest book and her inspiration behind it.  Enjoy!


Thank you @MariaIsabelPita for your time today. What's your latest book about, and what inspired you to write it?
@Maria Isabel Pita: Light & Breath (Lucid Dreams & Spiritual Warfare, Book 3) 2018.
The books in this series are based on real dreams and events. People and circumstances are fictionalized, but the experiences are all true to life. Mary's dreams are actual dreams I have had, and the dreams of other characters in the story were contributed by other lucid dreamers. I was inspired to write them because it was through lucid dreams that the Holy Spirit made me a disciple of Christ. I wrote about this in my non-fiction title, "Lucid Dreams & the Holy Spirit."

2) Who is your target audience, and why do you think this book will appeal to them?
@MariaIsabelPita: I don't like to limit myself to any particular target audience, but if I have to pick one, I would say young women and even older women. I personally think I would have benefited from reading this book when I was a teenager or in my twenties or thirties because it would have helped me better understand the faith I was raised in, but never properly educated in. I had mainstream ideas of what Jesus said, and what it meant, even though in my heart I always believed in him.

3) What message do you wish to pass across to your readers with this book?
@MariaIsabelPita: I want to do what anyone who loves and believes in Christ wants to do - spread the Good News! I also want to show how dreams are important, and we should pay attention to them. They are expressions of our soul that have much to teach us. In Christianity the dream is one of the most common ways the Holy Spirit communicates with us. Both the Old and New Testaments were full of dreams. A Christian woman who had heard about my book but not read it herself, told me that we should focus on Jesus, not the Holy Spirit. Yet it was Jesus who gave us the Holy Spirit. Such a dismissively suspicious attitude toward the workings of the Spirit is a truncated Christianity, for our faith is in the One Triune God—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

4) What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?
@MariaIsabelPita: Getting anything else done! Seriously, all three books in this series, which begins with "The Spirit of Imhotep" flowed from me with an almost effortless joy. I think they had been building up in me for years and the time was finally write to let them all out. When I'm writing, I feel connected with my creative soul in a way that is much like dreaming while awake.

5) As a writer, is there anything you've learned about yourself while writing this book?
@MariaIsabelPita: Oh yes! I see no point in writing if I'm not learning and growing while I write, which is a form of exploring and experiencing and living.

6) For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books, and why?  
@MariaIsabelPita: eBooks and audio books for the most part, except special non-fiction books I want to have around just to open and read sections from.

7) What is your niche genre, and if you were to write in a different genre, what would it be?
@MariaIsabelPita: I'm not sure I fall into a niche genre, but overall it would be Romance, with a capital R because it always revolves around my love of God, as well as the romance between a man and a woman, and the romance of life itself with all its mysteries.

8) What books and authors have most influenced you?
@MariaIsabelPita: C.S. Lewis, Romano Guardini, Gabrielle Bossis, and many more.

9) Is there anything you'd like readers to know about you?
@MariaIsabelPita: Yes. I identify with Mary Magdalen, because before Christ came to me in my dreams, I was a self-indulgent little sinner who made the mistake of accepting a publishing deal with an erotic publisher who said he would print my romance if I added lots of graphic sex to it. That started me down a dark road of BDSM that makes "Fifty Shades of Grey" look tame by comparison. I have been as a person, and a writer, made new.

10) Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
@MariaIsabelPita: Oh naturally I read them! It's wonderful to share my experiences with others and to feel my work through their minds and hearts. Fortunately, I don't get many negative reviews, but even they are stimulating, and sometimes give me pointers on how I can become an even better writer.

What is your preferred method to have readers get in touch with or follow you (i.e., website, personal blog, Facebook page, Goodreads, etc.)?
@MariaIsabelPita: My personal Blog.

Any additional comments you would like to add?
@MariaIsabelPita: My priest understands that my lucid dreams are my special charism. In Christian theology, a charism denotes any good gift that flows from God’s love to humans.


Maria Isabel Pita was born in Havana, Cuba. Her family moved to the U.S. when she was eight months old, and she grew up in Fairfax, Virginia. Reading, writing and history have been her abiding passions ever since she can remember. In college, she majored in World History, and minored in English Literature and Cultural Anthropology. Maria is a member of the International Association For the Study of Dreams, and a regular contributor to the Lucid Dreaming Experience Magazine.

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