I chose that title carefully, because when I typed that very question into google several months ago, I came up lots of suggestions, but none that answered the question. So, I am doing a service to any future life coaches and/or fiction authors who may type in the same question.
The answer is yes. Yes, they can.
Before I go on, let’s clarify a few things.
What is a life coach?
Here’s the dictionary definition: “A person who counsels and encourages clients on matters having to do with careers or personal challenges”.
Aren’t some life coaches authors?
Sure, plenty of them. But not many (almost none) are fiction authors.
Isn’t there such a thing as a life coach for authors?
Yep. There sure are. And if you’re an author, a life coach can be a great solution. But it’s still not the same thing as a transformational life coach who is a fiction author.
So what are we talking about?
In my case, I started as an author with two published books. Followed immediately by a health (/life) crisis that launched me on a path of empowerment that eventually led to my becoming a life coach. And I was good at it. But those darn books were always at the back of my mind. I’d left them there, unmarketed and neglected. Like children I’d birthed and abandoned. Readers were asking about more books in the series.
And yet how could I change careers now that I was actually helping people? Marketing a business is hard work, as any business owner will tell you. Marketing two businesses? One that involves writing millions of words and hours in front of the computer? Sorry, nope. As much as I’d like too, I just don’t have the time or energy.
And given the choice between a business that tells fun stories verses one that makes major life transformations, the answer seemed obvious. But still not right...
That’s when I stumbled upon another author who had managed to combine the two. Kary Oberbrunner, author of Elixer Project, created a transformational course called the Elixer Project. A way to highlight the transformative power of fiction and bring it into the real world.
A light bulb literally went off above my head. Well, maybe not literally. But it certainly felt like it.
You may be wondering if fiction can actually inspire transformation? Again, the answer is yes. This Noodle article is one small example of how fiction can offer comfort and insight to teens about many difficult situations.
If you did come here wondering if it’s possible for a fiction author to be successful as a life coach, I'll suggest you follow this blog. And if you’re looking for life transformation, I can’t think of a more exciting way to do it than to take lessons from the books that you read, even if they’re fiction.