Mae Gosaynie is a citizen of the United States born to parents of Middle Eastern descent. She possesses two Bachelor’s degrees: One in Biology and a second in English language and literature. She has a Master’s degree or M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on Differentiated Instruction. And she also has a certified professional license to teach grades 6-12 and teaches Advanced Placement Biology and Human Anatomy at a High School in her home state of Michigan. She is a published author of an article entitled, “Acknowledging the Creator Within”, published in Nature of Occurrences (Thought Notebook Journal) Thought Collection Publishing (TCP), Journal Issue 3 printed December 2, 2014.
Mae’s parents belonged to a religious sect that believed in reincarnation and the suffering of the soul, so these religious and spiritual concepts were ingrained in her upbringing early on. She chose to be born to this Middle eastern family in the U.S. so that she could learn about discrimination and racial inequality.
Her education was disrupted multiple times as she was transferred from one school to another. However, all these disruptions had a purpose. They exposed her to different racial demographics as well as different religious beliefs. By the time she was an adult woman she had taken communion in a Catholic church, prayed on her knees to Allah in a Muslim mosque, chanted Wahe Guru in a Sikh temple, and also experienced the Unified Field of Consciousness through her many years of practicing Transcendental Meditation. She was initiated into the TM movement in the fall of 1994. She progressed to advanced Siddha status and Yogi flying in 2003.
Mae has three sons from a previous marriage. She lives in a humble home with her small dog and youngest son. She lives her life in an attempt to help and guide others. Mae spends her days writing poetry, reading, taking long nature walks, and reciting ‘Hare Krishna’. ‘The Reincarnation Of Radha’ is her debut novel published by Leadstart publishing.
TBE: Tell us about your book, can you share with us something about the book that isn’t in the blurb?
Mae Gosaynie: Twin flames/soul mates come into this world to teach each other a lesson about love. Radha sacrificed herself by choosing the greatest lesson of all, unrequited love, so that Sri Krishna could learn what happens to a soul when it is not loved. She learned that if you do not love yourself enough you can get badly hurt for many prolonged years.
TBE: Where did you get the idea for The Reincarnation of Radha and why did you want to write it?
Mae Gosaynie: The Reincarnation of Radha is a true autobiographical narrative of my life experiences. I wanted to share it with everyone so that they could understand that each of them has Divine potential within. Transcend inwards and find it.
TBE: You are teaching Advanced Placement Biology and Human Anatomy at a High School. How does that career influence your writing?
Mae Gosaynie: Science is an evidence-based subject. Even Transcendental Meditation, which I practice, is based on Science experimentation and facts. So, my career as a Biologist gives credibility to my writing.
TBE: Can you tell us a little about what drew you to writing?
Mae Gosaynie: I have always loved writing and began by writing poems as a teenager. At university, I also won an award for an Analysis I did on an English novel. So, this is a subject I have always dallied with and which led to my minoring in English Language and Literature.
TBE: How was your publishing experience with Leadstart?
Mae Gosaynie: This was my first time publishing a book, so I didn’t know what to expect. Leadstart was very professional, and I appreciated the fact that even though my contract stated the publisher would decide the selling price of the book, they still consulted with me and asked for my approval.
TBE: What kind of research did you have to do to get the mythology correct and still make everything appropriate for the twenty-first century?
Mae Gosaynie: I only had to check for spellings of words like Purusha and Prakriti, etc. The rest I already knew.
TBE: What values do you feel ancient mythology (especially the Indian myths) has for us here and now?
Mae Gosaynie: It is important for people to understand that mythology is all based on true incidents, but it has been documented as symbolic stories. People should not get stuck on the symbolism. Like my reference to Radha being stripped of her jewels in the River Yamuna. It happened, but not necessarily while she was on a boat and Sri Krishna was stripping her of her jewels as he dove into the water.
TBE: Do you read much and if so, who are your favorite authors?
Mae Gosaynie: I read books about spirituality and enlightenment. Paulo Coelho, and Gary Renard are two of my favorite authors.
TBE: What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Mae Gosaynie: I go for long nature walks with my dog and I cook.