Author Interview with Ferleen Verneuil-Joseph

My name is Ferleen Verneuil-Joseph.
I hail from the most Beautiful Caribbean Island named Saint Lucia,West Indies!
I love travelling and thus, lived in London for many years with my husband and two wonderful Teenage boys.
In 2014, I moved to the European country named Poland!
I love meeting new people, travelling, socialising and communicating.
I am a very caring individual who solely focuses on the most Positive and good things in life.
I am an Early years educator, TEFL Teacher, Special Needs specialist, with over 15 years of experience. I love working with children and young people.
I love writing and thus, write children’s reports and news letters. I decided to try writing some children’s books as well in the process.
I’ve written two books including a children’s picture book with an Awesome cover!

As a result of my positive thinking and Always being Hopeful, I decided to put together a book of ‘Inspirational Quotes’, to help families and people to keep their heads up when difficult situations arise!

The name of my books are called “So what if you have Failed”! Be Inspired and ‘My Wonderful Mama’!
A book of pure Inspiration and motivation, enabling you to get up, rise up and look forward to only the positive, rather than dwell on the negative.
The Children’s book is about Fera and her ‘Mama’, doing many positive things together, cooking, playing, eating, communicating and teaching her. Setting an example in including the multicultural community and embracing them!
It’s very Unfortunate that many individuals after they have fallen, decided to just give up and give in, rather than to embrace and appreciate their mistakes, then use it to move forward positively.
Please check out my books ๐Ÿ“š and be ready to Inspire yourself and others by its Powerful content.

Describe yourself in five words

God-Fearing, ambitious, hopeful, optimistic and creative

What fact about yourself would really surprise people? 

Well, actually it’s already happening. Many are surprised that I’ve written Not 1 but 2 books and indeed very fast!

How do you work through self-doubts and fear?

Honestly, I try Not to doubt myself and many other things in life. I may tend to naturally worry a bit about a really Important issue but Certainly Never Fearful as I keep hope alive!

What makes you happiest? 

Waking up to see and know that I can actually start over again with No guilt.

Why do you write? 

I write because I’ve actually been writing for such a long time but almost Unaware of it!

So really, it’s because of my love for children.

Have you always enjoyed writing? 

Yes, I have. I was always writing way too much when asked to write a few words or sentences.

What motivates you to write?ย 

Due to my Frequent and constant assessments and reports about children on a weekly and termly basis, I’ve developed a Genuine love to just write for and about children!

What writing are you most proud of? 

Am very proud that I’ve written an Inspirational book that actually helps and can heal people in some cases.

What are you most proud of in your personal life?ย 

Honestly and Unreservedly putting God First in my life and decisions.

What books did you love growing up? 

Funny but I never really cared for reading except when I was in primary school on reading and spelling competitions.๐Ÿ˜„

What do you hope your obituary will say about you?ย 

Well for one she left her legacy of books behind and selfless, honest and Unselfish nature to immolate.

Location and life experiences can really influence writing, tell us where you grew up and where you now live?

I hail from the most beautiful Caribbean Island ๐Ÿ๏ธ called:  Saint Lucia ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡จ West Indies. I grew up there with lots of friends and a large family. In my early 20’s I got an opportunity to go to the UK to babysit my very young cousin. After many years living there I got an opportunity to teach English as a foreign language (TEFL) in Poland Europe.

How did you develop your writing?

Though am still learning, I can safely say that I find my writing to be decent enough through constantly writing weekly communication books and monthly newsletters, termly and year end writing final reports and assessments for children.

My Wonderful Mama

What is hardest โ€“ getting published, writing or marketing? 

Getting published was for me a bit much so I got a bit of help to do it.

Marketing can be tough without the right resources and or money.

For me writing is Never an issue even when one occurs.

What marketing works for you? 

For me once I can get anyway for my books to reach an audience, I will try it once I am abled of course!ย Social media, YouTube advert, Sharing etc. you name it!

Do you find it hard to share your work? 

Not at all as Everyone wants an opportunity to shine and rightly so!

Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you? 

Yes! Very supportive and proud of my accomplishments. Friends and acquaintances have supported me but let’s face it; Not everyone can and will support!

What else do you do, other than write? 

Well, as part of my writing and job, I am a preschool and Nursery teacher, with a major in special needs and Safeguarding.

What other jobs have you had in your life?

I worked in the hospital and nursing homes as a Nursing auxillary and social care in some places. Taught English as a second language.

If you could study any subject at university what would you pick? 

Actually, not if but soon I will embark on doing or finishing my Special Needs and early years Training to Masters level.

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? 

I would like to try out living in Dubai and or somewhere in Afrika!

Tell us about your family? 

Earlier I stated that I have a very large family. Yes, I have many siblings between my mom and dad. Hundreds of first and second cousins, all over in the Caribbean and the United States. My immediate family however, is my husband and 2 handsome teenage boys or say one adult son (18) and the younger soon to be 16 years.

How do you write โ€“ lap top, pen, paper, in bed, at a desk? 

Firstly, pen and paper roughly, then sit nicely down on my laptop to rule it out.

SO WHAT IF YOU HAVE FAILED!: Be Inspired

How much sleep do you need to be your best? 

Hmmm๐Ÿคญ๐Ÿค” let’s see. I most times go to bed almost day break on a daily basis. I also say you must know your body and how it functions in order to execute your style of writing and to bring out the best ideas. Regardless, am someone who performs and works very hard in spite of any present issue or circumstance.

Is there anyone youโ€™d like to acknowledge and thank for their support? 

I would like to shout out my beloved husband and my boys who Always encourage me to believe that I will soon see the fruit of my labour. Love you guys ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’•and thanks a million!

Also, to my siblings and few good friends who has stuck with me through it all and Always cherish my friendship. Thanks for your love and support.

One Love! ๐Ÿ’–๐ŸŒ„

Every writer has their own idea of what a successful career in writing is, what does success in writing look like to you? 

My success in writing will be to inspire many people by writing a good few books and a basic to standard ‘Writing course’ online!  That’s just one of them though!

It is vital to get exposure and target the right readers for your writing, tell us about your marketing campaign? 

Well, my campaign is mostly focused on sending my message to the crowd generally who craves motivation, hope, reassurance and Confidence. For children who are targeted and who are usually faced with either race issues, Belonging, love and care, sharing and nurturing.

Tell us about your new book? Why did you write it? 

I have 2 books including a children’s book ๐Ÿ“š. So, what if you have failed’! Be Inspired – this book was solely written as a result of covid and its Negative impact on our families and friends. Many passed away, committed suicide, left with no hope, lack confidence, fear of Failure etc. ‘My Wonderful Mama’– this book was written to inculcate and make Every little child feel loved and a sense of belonging, no matter their culture or background. It teaches about sharing, playing, eating together and getting strength to carry on 

If you could have a dinner party and invite anyone dead or alive, who would you ask? 

Definitely my beloved late daddy! Oh how I miss him ever so often.ย This would have been my ideal dream come true. Sigh.

 When you are not writing, how do you like to relax? 

Am actually Always writing as am at school during the day and I come home to do more writing. 

However, I can see myself relaxing many times in a hotel or laying by the beach. Also, when husband rubs part of my body with Soothing ‘Lavender’ oil, my Favourite ointment by far ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ˜‰

What do you hope people will take away from your writing?  I do hope and want very badly for everyone who gets a copy of my book or whoever comes across it, will

Remember and ponder on my quotes of; Never give up, smile, Forgive, be a leader, Never say Never, you are Not the only one and more!     (Please ponder on these few quotes)

How will your words make them feel?

Definitely more confident, zeal to move on, proud of themselves, life is worth living and feeling hopeful!

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