I love short, to-the-point information and enjoy challenging myself to compact and compress descriptions of things in a succinct way. So when I was challenged to describe my books in 10 words or less, I took it. And here it is – my 18 books described for you in a short, sweet way.
What would you do differently if you knew that in one year you were going die?
Seventeen years ago I had an idea that sparked a fire inside me and led me to write one of my first fiction books titled BEFORE I DIE: A PACT. The premise was simple:
If you knew you had only year left to live, what would you do differently? Continue reading
Well what can I say – it’s been way too long since I last posted an article here on this blog. Hopefully you will forgive me for my tardiness. Over the last few months I have been busy prepping all my books for availability on various platforms outside of Amazon (where my books were previously exclusively published). Given that I have 18 books, this was a time-consuming task but I managed to pull it off just in time for my birthday next week (best birthday gift ever!)
One of the strangest things I have found about being a writer is how few people I personally know in the same profession. I know plenty of doctors, nurses, teachers, painters, plumbers and people employed in an array of other occupations but when it comes to actually knowing another writer: the number has always been zero, zilch, zip, nought, no-one.
Sitting down to write a blog post is quite different from the task of writing books – and with 18 books in total, I definitely know enough about the latter to make a comparison. Dare I say: writing blog posts is possibly just as hard as writing a book?
Surprise, surprise! Or maybe it isn’t that unexpected that there are many more inspiring quotes that I love and often live by as a writer (100 more in fact!). I share them here with you today in case the truth of these wise words resonates with any other lovers of the written word.
I’m sure I speak for most writers when I say that as a group we tend to see and understand the intricate power of a word. Words without a doubt have the magical ability to touch us, move us and cut us deep.
NOW FOR THE REALLY IMPORTANT STUFF
Back when I was younger it was important for me to have a professional-sounding intro spiel. After all I was running a successful life coaching practice. I held a degree in psychology and a diploma in journalism. I had also previously worked in advertising, managed two recording studios and published numerous articles in business and health magazines here in Australia and New Zealand. Surely that commanded respect and made me sound special enough?
I made a promise to myself this year that I wouldn’t write any more books. Weird promise I know but after my crazy 2016 (where I lived and breathed writing, day in and day out and didn’t stop until I published eight new books) I thought I deserved a break.
As a writer with a background in psychology, I have always loved observing the way humans behave in various settings. I frequently see things that other people miss: the upset child who got left out of a game, the parent who is frustrated because their child is tired and there’s nothing they can do to stop their tantrum or the stranger doing her best – for whatever reason – to blink back her tears. I imagine stepping into their shoes and try to guess their thoughts and feelings and what they think is their place and purpose is in this world.