Meeting Penni Mannas Diefendorf, author of Going Home

This week on the Thursday Throng we have Penni Mannas Diefendorf, the author of Going Home: A roadmap to fulfillment and abundance by finding your truth. Penni is generously offering a FREE copy of the paperback version to one lucky commenter.You can find out how you might be ‘the one’ to get it by scrolling to the end of the interview.

Penni has spent more than 20 years in many fields ranging from customer service counseling to management; it is this experience which has enabled her to observe how returning to simplicity can result in massive change and shifts in people,companies and systems.

The Review

going homeOver the years I’ve read a lot of books focusing on what we need to shift in order to be more at peace with ourselves and who we are. For all their words, they all, ultimately, say the same thing ‘be true to who you are’. They may say it in different ways, explain it by different imagery but that statement is effectively all you need to know.

However, knowing that it really is this simple makes for a difficult road ahead when you try to change your focus and attitude to life and the world around you. Everything is thrown into chaos as you try to navigate a new reality in a way that makes sense to this brand new knowledge. It’s not as easy to get there as we thought it would be.

We all know that when we are lost a map helps us to see the way forward, getting us to where we are going in the easiest way possible. Penni explains that in order to reach our goal we need to keep asking the question ‘why?’, it is in the constant questioning of our assumptions about the world that we will move through each of the five rings of consciousness she discusses in more depth.

It is an unusual little book, in some ways it’s probably more suited to those who are already on the journey of self discovery and fulfillment as it is written with a certain degree of assumption about prior knowledge; and yet, there are many truths that will resonate with anyone who is open to change. I’ll certainly be keeping and referring to it in the months to come.

The Interview

Penni Mannas DiefendorfWhat is one thing that no-one would usually know about you?

That I am actually very solitary. I enjoy being with people, I love to talk and laugh, find new friends and cherish my existing ones – but I do need lots of silence and space. I’m very happy with my own company – bordering on the anti-social! No one who has met me believes this, but it’s true 🙂

What did the best review you ever had say about you and your work?

The review that touched me the most said this amongst other things “I’ve been looking deep inside of myself since reading this eye-awakening [book] and keep asking myself, “was that the truth?” Lovely! This is what I hope for, for all my readers because the series is not intended to be mere words or philosophy – if it is applied, as with this reviewer, the exponential benefits of finding what is true begin to emerge. I could not ask for more.

Are there any occupational hazards to being an author?

Just this – it encourages my anti-social streak in the worst way.

Have you ever wished that you could be or do anything else instead of writing, and if so what?

I have done, can do and currently do a great many things besides writing. In fact, I have never considered myself a “writer” per se – it’s just something that I have always done – for better or worse. I find the process of writing or typing my thoughts very cathartic 🙂 so even though I have written in various milieu my whole life, I haven’t ever worked anywhere that would dictate what I wrote or considered “writing” a career or occupation. I have always shied away from that because I had a niggling feeling it would take away the joy of writing.

I love language, reading and writing, so this is more a natural extension of myself than anything else.

Do you think there is any elitism attached to the different genres of books, both in the fiction and non-fiction worlds?

I’m not sure if there is, but if so, I would strongly recommend paying it no mind. I read what interests me and I’m willing to find new things to interest me all the time. That’s the brilliant thing about the internet, I find fantastic writers in the curiousest of places. It’s very satisfying. Good writing is good writing is good writing. No matter what the genre. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

Do you have any hints or tips for aspiring writers?

Yes! Before you put even one word on paper, organise your thoughts and make an outline for the entire scope of work – whether it’s an article, a book, a series. Then set deadlines to complete sections of the outline. Then, and this is the important part: hold your deadlines sacred!! As with all of your life’s work, this is a commitment to yourself. Make it happen.

What has been the best experience you have ever had in your life?

Oh gosh! There are so many that I cannot pick one, so I have to say – life itself. I find it hugely satisfying and I can’t see why everyone can’t join in the fun. This is what prompted me to start this book series. Life does not have to be a series of peaks and troughs, it is and can and should be 🙂 an ongoing adventure.

Where do you find your inspiration?

For the Core of Steel series, it is the way I live my life. Seems very simple to me and it works like a charm – so I’m sharing. But as a general rule, if I have information that is helpful or entertaining, then that’s what I like to write about. I guess the short answer to this would be knowledge.

Have you had to learn new skills and tricks or attempted impossible feats in order to get a book finished?

Finished? No. Marketed? Yes! And I’m still attempting impossible feats 😀 So here’s some more tips for aspiring writers: if you want to have any kind of readership, it would be well to brush up on marketing skills, rather than venture forth with none 😀 like me.

Do you have any favourite resources you would like to share with our readers?

Yes! for all sorts of things I never even knew existed. Marvellous! And this Sometimes the force of usage just has the same old synonyms going round my head – it’s great to see the splash of words around that stuck word, gets everything flowing again – if that makes any sense at all.

Tea, Coffee, Water, Juice, Wine or Beer … which do you prefer when writing?

Water, when writing and at all other times. Preferably warm to hot. I’m addicted to the stuff.


How do I grab a FREE copy of the book?

Just leave a comment for Penni below and you’ll be entered into a draw, along with the other commenters for the copy that Penni will be sending over. The draw will take place mid February.


Where can you find out more about Penni and get her book?

Going Home: A roadmap to fulfillment and abundance by finding your truth is available in Kindle and Paperback formats from and

You can also meet Penni in the following locations online:


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  1. You’re welcome – anything that helps a fellow author get the word out from within has got to be a good thing in my book. Don’t forget too, when you’re done I’d love to have come on the blog in your own Thursday Throng interview too 🙂

  2. Great article Linda – good luck Penni – I’ve just published my first personal development book Celebr8 Success and am now into those marketing skills! Good luck with the book – look forward to reading it. Best wishes Gill

  3. Yes thanks Linda 🙂 I found that helpful too! And I rarely write fiction 😀

    Outlines really help, but deadlines help even more. And the one that galvanizes me the most is the publishing deadline I set myself. I set one and then view it as an external motivator, a goal I HAVE to meet, just like I would if an employer set a deadline. In a very real sense, that is the case for indie writers right? Our readers are our bosses 😀 kind of, sort of 🙂

    Another good piece of advice I am happy to pass on is this: always start the next chapter / section before you end your writing session, so when you start again, you are not starting absolutely from scratch – your thoughts and writings from the previous session pull you in and keep you going.

    Good luck! 🙂

  4. Writing an outline is excellent advice. I know where I want my novel to go but I am in a slump. I think if I had an out line I might not be stalled.

    Linda just want to wish you happy Birthday.

  5. Thanks Linda 🙂 You are right – this book will benefit most someone who is seeking change and purpose. But I hope the main take-away is that the process is more a shedding than searching. We are already within there somewhere 🙂 it is an unveiling that is actually much simpler than bending over backwards to recreate ourselves.

    Many thanks for all your kind words :):)