Personal Journey


Inspirited - Sheila Annette Swift

This is an enlightening tale about a woman going through changing and difficult circumstances in life. With each new direction her life takes, she struggles to adapt and overcome. 

While I got confused several times throughout this book as I was having a hard time figuring out what her dreams meant, etc., I thought it was well written and provides great examples of what it's like to undergo major changes in your life. 

Depression is a horrible and all too common disorder. Often we attempt to hide it from our friends and family because of our fear in exposing ourselves, but Swift does an excellent job of showing that battling depression takes courage, determination, and support.

Some Bio Information

I grew up on the eroding streets of West Philadelphia until my parents moved us to the rural and desolate open land in New Jersey.  The ethical roots that I mostly associate with are my American Indian heritage; I believe in spirituality and tradition.  I am divorced and have four grown daughters that are my pride and joy.  I am a computer programmer by trade, but want to eventually create and extraordinary work that positively changes lives.


1. What inspired you to write this book?

My bout with depression was my inspiration.  It is a true story and leaves very little to the imagination.  I feel this opportunity was placed in front of me for a reason, to educate the world on an otherwise uncomfortable and rarely discussed subject.

2. Can you tell us a little bit about your writing process?

I don’t have an exact style and am not a writer by trade.  When the mood strikes me, I write.  Most of my material for this book came directly from my journal, as will the second installment.

3. How would you describe your writing style?

My writing style is honest and pure.  I write from the heart and from emotions that naturally come to the surface.  I wanted a broad readership, so this book is written in everyday English.  I’m not Shakespeare and would never pretend to be.

4. What would you like your readers to take away from your book?

I would like to enlighten the public on a pandemic called “depression.” This subject is taboo in most social settings, so no one admits to having it or shares their harrowing experience.  If you hear it on the news, more than likely it’s because a person has done something tragic as a result of this disorder.  By the time it makes the news, it is too late.  They lost their battle. We, as a society, need to become more proactive so innocent lives are not taken.

I have been told by readers that some parts of the book are confusing or hard to follow.  This is deliberate.  To get the reader to feel the true emotion and to live this debilitating experience as I did, it was important to maintain my integrity and deliver the story in the exact sequence as it occurred.  If one of your takeaways was feeling adrift, in a fog, or unable to concentrate or focus, I succeeded in putting you in the mindset of a person suffering with depression.
5. Who would benefit from reading this book?

I believe my book would validate the feelings of those who suffer from this disorder; enlighten or maybe educate those who struggle with the concept and want to learn more; or those who want to experience first-hand the effects of depression.

6. Who is your favorite author?

If I had to pick one, it would be James Patterson.  I like a good mystery/thriller.  But in all honesty, I read a book that looks appealing.  Nicholas Sparks is another writer that I find intriguing.

7. What’s your ultimate writing goal?

My goal is to write about things I know, although since I was little I did want to write a fictional whodunit.  I may even begin writing for children.  It is satisfying to see a child enjoy a good book.