Winter Moon Rises is the third installment in the trilogy that includes Summer’s Path and Waiting for Autumn, and is based on a personal journey into fatherhood – What was your biggest challenge is writing it?

Scott Blum: Winter Moon Rises” is by far my most personal book, and although the book is technically fiction, it is based on my own life and I felt it was imperative to be as nakedly honest as I could be while writing it. My biggest challenge was letting go of preconceptions of what bringing a child into this world would be like. I had to transcend my own story and open my heart to what was happening, rather than having any attachments to what I thought would happen. The journey of parenthood is one of the most profound spiritual experiences we can have, and I wanted to share my own perspective of what happens when you have no choice but to live in the moment every step of the way.

Your previous books explore discovering the heart path and spiritual awakening. In this third book of the trilogy how does Winter Moon Rises complete this journey?

Scott Blum: “Summer’s Path” explores the process of death, making peace with passing and the journey from fear into healing and forgiveness. “Waiting for Autumn” is the exploration of love and the process of becoming whole through following your heart path. And the most recent book, “Winter Moon Rises” is about birth and how the path of inner healing ultimately allows us to emerge from concentrating on the self to use the gifts of selfawareness to bring life into this world. It is the natural progression of self-healing to eventually share the fruits of our personal healing with others, and nothing is more profound than sharing these gifts with our own children. A large part of the book deals with relationships with the spirit of unborn children and the unique challenges they go through before entering this world.

What was the purpose of exploring all of these subjects which are traditionally difficult to talk about?

Scott Blum: I believe that child spirits pick their own parents primarily because they are in alignment with the karmic path that will further the destiny of both the child and parents no matter how long their journey is together. During the initial phases of the pregnancy when a child’s soul is getting to know their new body and prospective parents, there are countless reasons why a soul might not be destined to be born into the world. The child’s soul might not feel compatible with the emerging body from a physical standpoint, the parents’ soul might not be fully in alignment with the child’s karmic destiny, or the unborn child simply might not be ready to leave the amorphous freedom of the spirit world. And although it’s human nature to blame ourselves when a child doesn’t emerge from the womb fully formed after nine months, most of the time our physical actions have nothing to do with the ultimate outcome. Winter Moon Rises has a distinctly male voice.

How do you feel the male experience is different from the female experience of becoming a parent?

Scott Blum: Initially, our human instincts kick into well defined roles during the initial stages of pregnancy: Males are preoccupied with providing food, shelter, money, etc. while females are busied with preparing the nest, nurturing the fetus and her own body. However, after the physical preparations have been made, the couple begins to share common experiences. In some ways, the journey to the top of the Maslow’s pyramid is accelerated as we collectively re-live our own childhood during those nine months. We try to make sense of our own sense of belonging, self-esteem and goals of self-actualization and ultimately come to terms with how we are going to pass our own values to our child. At the same time, it’s also important to put our own values into perspective with the rest of the world and ultimately honor the child’s individuality, especially as it relates to gender issues.

The characters explore gender issues and lead into some very interesting questions. Is gender something you were planning to explore or was it something that manifested organically from your own path into fatherhood?

Scott Blum: One of the biggest issues that the becoming a parent brought up for me is the concrete gender roles and societal structures around “mother” and “father”. I am a product of the women’s liberation movement and feminism and had long ago made peace with what I thought equality was. However, when confronted with bringing a child into the world and filling a tangible role, I was forced to explore what it means to be male and to honor the differences in the genders. Ultimately, we are all connected as one whether we are male or female, and at the same time we can celebrate our differences which are definitely more pronounced during pregnancy.