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Interview with Peter Cassels-Brown, author of The Key


“So often times it happens that we live our lives in chains, and we never even know we have the key” -Eagles THE KEY is about finding that key, and freeing youself of your chains. It is about the alchemy of changing tension, anxiety, and stress into happiness, health, and prosperity. It is a compact manual for the human spirit, containing wisdom to help you realize your dreams. To discover one’s own true nature as a creator is to know the joy of an expanding universe in one’s heart. THE KEY is a compilation of nearly a half century of reading, thinking, conversations, reflections and experience, boiled down into a book that is eloquent in it’s simplicity, clarity, directness, and honesty. It contains essential wisdom that was at times hard won, but in the end, helps one to move toward a happier, healthier, richer life. We need a critical mass of people to reach this place of creativity and positive responsibility if we are to live in a world where creativity is the name of the game, and we are working together on a global scale instead of against each other.

How did you come up with the title of your book?

The title for the key was inspired by an Eagle's song, written in the 1970's, in wh ich there is a line that goes "So often times it happens that we live our lives in chains, and we never even know we have the key". Ever since then, I've pondered
what that key might be, and finally came up with my answer, which is the book, "The Key".

What is your writing environment like?

It is the oak table in my kitchen/d ining/living room. It is a bright and cheerful place, yet cozy, surrounded by oak floors, pine cabinets, post and beam timbers, musical instruments, and a couple of houseplants.

What are some of the best tools available today for writers?

Word processors help when it comes to editing and putting a proof together, bu t I'm old school at least in the sense that my rough drafts are always written by hand because I feel there is a connection there and a flow that I don't get with a machine.

What inspires you to write?

In the case of "The Key", it was the concept of the book itself. It is a compilation of nearly half a century of reading, thoughts, and conversations, begging to be pulled together into some kind of a unified text. It's a combination of ancient/new wisdom, illustrated by some short stories about the journey to the edge of life itself. It's a short book and an easy read, but covers a lot of ground, and can be both healing and inspiring.

Did you learn anything while writing this book?

That I can get by on very little sleep when I need to but would rather not.

What is your favorite quality about yourself?

I am patient and kind.


Peter Cassels-Brown is currently owner of Mountain Woodworks/Green Mountain Renewable Energy, A custom design building renewable energy company in Bristol, Vermont. He studied solar design at the University of Vermont and went to Woodbury College for graduate studies in mediation. He currently lives in Bristol with his two children.

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