Welcome to Three Questions with Van Heerling. This is where you get to meet authors, actors, painters and anyone else that is bent toward the arts, but on a more personal level.
Today we speak with aspiring writer Sylvia Stein. She is currently working on her first psychological novel entitled, Battered Mind.

VH: Welcome Sylvia, we may as well get into it. For what are you grateful?

SS: This is one of my favorite questions and since I am a very spiritual and religious person, I am most grateful to God for giving me the best grandparents that anyone could of had. I lost both of them already, my beloved grandmother Consuelo passed away in 2008 and she was 84, and my grandfather who was more like my father sadly passed away last year. They are the reason I was able to live in The United States and make something of my life.  They wanted a better life for their own children, and one of them was my mother Catarina.  They came from Mexico, and made a life in the united states and worked hard and became U.S. Citizens (well my grandmother was already a citizen since she had been born in The United States). However, they always provided for all of us, and when my mother decided to divorce my dad, she went and lived with them, and we learned about hard work and choosing to do better, no matter how much was staked up against you.  I am also grateful for my beloved husband Jeremy, and my three children Paul 7, Michael 6 and Consuelo named after my grandmother.  Lastly, I thank God for all he has given me in regards to being able to pursue my dream of becoming a published writer. I am grateful for all the wonderful people I have been able to connect throughout the social media, and authors like Melissa Foster with her paving the way for other authors and aspiring writers. For example with the World Literary Cafe, (WLC Community) Fostering Success, Melissa’s Awesome Support Team and the list goes on and on. Also I am grateful for my Writer’s group on linked in and our mentor Heather Schuldz and so many inspiring authors.  

VH: I too am a big fan of WLC. If you could change one thing about our world, what would it be and why?

SS: Wow, this is a very good question, but also a difficult question.  However for me right now, if I could change one thing about our world it would be to stop people from making judgments or better yet passing judgement on others. I have seen it happen time and time again. That makes me sad. How so easily we can be swayed to pass judgement and dismiss that person because of the way they look, talk, and especially based upon their social class. The main reason that I state this is because I have relatives that have made some bad judgments from time to time, and the way they are looked upon or even in some families shun for their errors. I am not saying to not have an opinion, all I am saying is try to keep an open mind. 

VH: I understand. It is tough sometimes not to make those judgments. After a difficult day what do you do to recuperate?  Does it work? 

SS: The way I recuperate after a difficult day is by playing music taking time out to write. This always seems to work for me. The reason being is that I get more and more creative depending on the day that I have had.  Especially dealing with a job from home, being a mother of three and a wife, things can get pretty hectic. Therefore, writing is music, it is most definitely where I feel I have to recuperate.

My name is Sylvia Stein and I reside in the town of Fuquay Varina in the City of Raleigh North Carolina with my wonderful husband Jeremy and we  have three beautiful children ranging in the ages of Paul 7, Michael 6 and my daughter Consuelo named after my beloved grandmother.    I have always loved writing as a kid.  From the time I was 10 years old I was always creating my own stories and plays.  I also began writing poems during my college years as I earned a Bachelor’s Degree with a major in Spanish and a minor in English.  Then I became an educator and taught English for two years in my hometown of Brownsville, Texas.  

However in 2003, I moved to Raleigh North Carolina and earned my North Carolina teaching license and taught Spanish for 5 years.  Sadly, with the hiring freeze in our County, I later pursued a career in Customer service and I kept putting my real passion for Writing in the back burner.  But then in 2009, as I stayed home with my boys and I was pregnant with my daughter, in my limited down time, I began to write again.  This is where the idea of my first book entitled, “Battered Mind” was born. I had always written stories here and there, but this has been my first official book, that I wrote all in several composition notebooks and a pen.  

I have decided after two years to make this story a trilogy about the journey of the main character.  I am grateful to God, my family, friends both past and present and those authors that have become not only mentors but also friends that have really helped in paving the way for all of us.  The biggest shout out goes to best selling author Melissa Foster who runs The World Literary Cafe (WLC Community), The Women’s Nest, Fostering Success and the newest one Melissa’s Awesome Support Team of which I am a member.    

I have also joined a Writer’s group on linked in- with Heather Schuldz who has been great!    I also want to thanks the social media like facebook, twitter and linked in and all my supporters.   Writing is my passion and I am going to only continue to improve.  

Need more Sylvia Stein?


11/19/2012 5:26am

Dear Van,

Thanks so much for having me, I loved being a part of this interview, and so looking forward to having you on mine! Thanks so much for this platform! Very Grateful!


11/19/2012 9:44am

Wonderful interview, Syl! It was great learning more about you!

01/02/2014 11:02pm

I was very encouraged to find this site. I wanted to thank you for this special read. I definitely savored every little bit of it and I have you bookmarked to check out new stuff you post.

11/19/2012 3:49pm

Lovely interview, and it's nice to be reminded to be thankful.

11/20/2012 11:25am

Fantastic interview! Syl, I love your attitude and I am very much looking forward to reading your books! Van, thank you for such well put questions! Congratulations to both of you!

11/20/2012 2:56pm

thanks so much again for the comments so far, I really appreciate them! Thanks again for having me Van Heerling!

Peg Wegenka
11/24/2012 3:09pm

My dear Sylvia.... I loved this!!!! Thank you!


It is a beautiful story and I truly admired the character of Sadie Carlyle.


You are very true Sylvia, Our family is our real strength who guide us and support us in each situation.

10/07/2013 4:46pm

Thanks to your blog, I'm gonna create one now too, thank you.

10/10/2013 2:46am

I have no words to appreciate this post ..... I'm really impressed with this post .... the person who created this post was a big thank you man .. for sharing with us.

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