Author Interview with Michaela Renee

Michaela Renee
Michaela Renee

Michaela Renee Johnson is an award-winning author, licensed psychotherapist and host of the top iTunes podcast, Be You Find Happy which encourages people to speak their truth with grace and live a courageous life of authenticity. Her initiative, Be You Find Happy, holds workshops and conversations on finding happiness in spite of life’s setbacks and has landed her speaking opportunities across the nation.

She is an avid adventurer, having traveled to over 20 countries, and self-proclaimed “Boho Mom” who loves all things metaphysical as well poetic quotes.

She is a Sagittarius and an ocean-lover who lives in Northern California with her husband and young son, and a homestead full of animals. In her spare time she’s often hiking, doing yoga, gardening, golfing or reading.

Bachelor’s of Arts in Journalism Communications, Master’s of Arts in Psychology. California State Licensed Psychotherapist.

Connect with her at http://www.MichaelaRenee.com
On Instagram @UsJohnsons

Describe yourself in five words

Authentic, Inspiring, Adventurer, Boho Mom, Wordsmither

What fact about yourself would really surprise people? 

I have sung the national anthem at major sporting events on five different occasions.

 How do you work through self-doubts and fear? 

I recognize that self doubt and fear is a motivator for pushing through uncomfortability. Without it we would self limit our growth. I talk to self doubt like it’s a friend, ask why it’s there and explore ways to push through it.

What scares you the most? 

I mean, the obvious horror movie things like drowning in a car, but also not living life to the fullest.

 What makes you happiest?

Making memories makes me the happiest.

 Why do you write? 

It’s probably different each time I pick up the pen, at the end of the day I could summarize it to inspire myself or others.

 Have you always enjoyed writing? 

My first “journal” was in the third grade, so I’d say so.

What motivates you to write? 

Anything that pisses me off. It doesn’t take much, but if I feel flabbergasted by something you can bet I’m going to sit down and hammer it out with the pen.

 What writing are you most proud of?

That’s hard to say…I feel mixed emotions about my work often. If I had to pick something I would say Teetering on Disaster because it helped me process some of the toughest emotions I’ve had, and I think inspired a lot of people.

What are you most proud of in your personal life? 

This is where I feel like, as humans, we have to list all the tangible things we’ve done, marathons, Summitting Mountains, the birth of our children…but for me, I’m most proud of the fact that I am open to other perspectives.

What books did you love growing up? 

Let’s start with PD Eastman Are You My Mother, my all-time favorite when I was young…I was a huge Beverly Cleary fan as pre-teen.

What do you hope your obituary will say about you? 

Is it sad to say that this is kind of a morbid question I live by? I hope they say she loved photography to a fault, laughed a lot, especially at herself and loved deeply. No one ever wondered what she was thinking or how she felt and she shared herself wholly with those around her.

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

I grew up in the rural Sierra Nevada Mountains, where the town shuts down with the sun. Creative writing was definitely inspired by my upbringing as it was something I could do with my spare time, and it was something that was heavily influenced by living a simpler life.

How did you develop your writing?

I have had a lot of great mentors along the way, but I believe just writing from the heart, without worry of what others would think inspired my greatest growth as a writer.

What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing? 

The publishing world is by far the most difficult to keep up with. It’s sort of like trying to fling a shoe on a moving fan (which I don’t recommend trying).

 What marketing works for you?

I have found that my real life connections grow my business the most. It seems word of mouth is still a very powerful tool, whether it’s social media or otherwise.

Do you find it hard to share your work?

I’ve never been one to shy from sharing, I wish there was more transparency in the world in general.

Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you?

My friends and family are incredibly supportive. My family has always been supportive in a very “tough love” type of way. They ground my crazy ideas and never let me forget where I’ve come from.

What else do you do, other than write? 

I wear a lot of hats, but primarily, psychotherapist, podcast host

What other jobs have you had in your life? 

In my prior life I was a marketing director, in marketing for 12 years.

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

If I were to go back I’d probably want to get into marine biology or astronomy.

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

I would want to live right where I am…but travel everywhere.

 Tell us about your family?

Loving, supportive, challenging and fun.

How do you write – lap top, pen, paper, in bed, at a desk? 

Yes, Yes, Yes, all of the above.

How much sleep do you need to be your best? 

I’m a solid 8 hours a night, no negotiation. I take my sleep very seriously.

Is there anyone you’d like to acknowledge and thank for their support? 

All of the people who have guided my journey.

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

My husband often jokes about my royalty checks being “bacon bits.” So I guess seeing the financial rewards from making the best sellers list. I say that because it’s easy to get on various best sellers lists these days…but when the royalty checks go from bacon bits to bacon, I guess I’ll know I’ve made it. Other than that, I feel like I’ve already achieved great success, just in inspiring others.

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

I’ve thought about this often…so it changes frequently. Probably Thich Naht Hahn.

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

Hiking, reading, sitting on the beach…anything outdoors really.

What do you hope people will take away from your writing? How will your words make them feel?

I hope people realize that happiness is a constant reset and is absolutely attainable in spite of life’s setbacks.

Where are you from?

California

Do you have a specific writing style?

Conversational.

What are obstacles that come in the way of writing?

Time.

What’s the most memorable thing asked/said by a reader about your work?

That they laughed and cried at the same time. That’s a good emotion. I feel honored to have inspired that.

What is your work schedule like when you are writing?

I’m always juggling a lot of oranges. I try not to put pressure on myself to stick to a solid schedule, I look at the week, and lay out the days with a general sense of check list items and just work to tick them off.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

The ellipsis…

How long does it take to write a book? (if you’ve written one -published or non)

Depends on the book, children’s books verses self help verses fiction…anywhere from a week to a year.

Do you have suggestions on how to become a better writer?

Stop judging whether you are writing well enough and just write.

What challenges do you come across when writing/creating your story? 

In my newest fiction novel there are 4 main character (so James Patterson style) jumping between their personalities and staying in “character” has been a really fun challenge for me.

What do you think makes a good story?

Any story that encourages you to think about things differently.

What does your family think of your writing?

I think they’ll think a lot more of it if I make the New York Times Best Sellers List.

An Interview with Author Timothy J. Garrett

Timothy Garrett
Timothy J. Garrett

Timothy J. Garrett lives with his wife Cynthia near Athens, Georgia. He spent 16 years working as an E.R. physician and is now a healthcare executive. He also finds time to play bass guitar, both electric and upright, and is learning to play the banjo. History and historical fiction is his writing passion, with his favorite authors including Anthony Doerr and Doris Kearns Goodwin.

It is an honor to be featured on the International Book Promotion website. What a great opportunity for readers to check out books and authors you might like! I am excited that International Book Promotion is talking about my book and I hope that people who like historical fiction will give A Place Called Jubilee a try.  Maybe even if you don’t like or know much about historical fiction, you’ll decide to see if my book is one you might like.

In A Place Called Jubilee, ambitious young clergyman Coleman Hightower leaves his mountain home and arrives in Washington D.C. in 1961 as the Civil Rights movement is exploding across the nation.

In Washington, his plans for a prestigious life are torn apart by his love for fiery civil rights activist Rosalee. His pursuit of love and meaning take him to Jubilee, Alabama – a place where deception, witchcraft, and the secrets of a long-dead former slave combine to make Coleman wonder if he will win Rosalee’s love or even leave the tiny town alive.

It’s as if Anthony Doerr’s “All The Light We Cannot See” was dropped into the world of Kathryn Stockett’s “The Help”.

Why do you write? 

I have always been drawn to stories – reading them, telling them, seeing them played out in movies. However, I had rarely put them down on paper. When I eventually had the thought that I would like to write the stories in my head, life had gotten in the way. My career as an emergency physician was almost all-consuming – the little bit of time and energy left over went to my family.

After I left the emergency room and transitioned to a business career – and after my kids left for college and then started their own lives after college – I suddenly could see a path toward following my dream of writing. I began to cultivate the mind of a writer, words and phrases appearing to explain the things that I saw in my daily life. I became more aware of the arc of stories through my life and the lives of others. It was almost like I could hear the voice of the narrator of my own life.

What motivates you to write? 

The big noble theme is the one that calls to me. I sometimes wish that light funny stuff was something that I could produce but that is definitely not my strength.

Having ordinary people as characters who are put into extraordinary situations with far-reaching implications is my biggest motivation. Well, that and a deadline or a goal for so many words before such and such a date.

What writing are you most proud of? 

My editor for A Place Called Jubilee felt that chapter 9 of my book was the part that contained the best writing. However, I felt most satisfied with chapter 10.

In chapter 10, two of the main characters are on two different trains going in opposite directions. The inner thoughts of both of the characters are explored, with the depravity in one of them becoming clearer and the inner longing of the other one more obvious.

I also liked the imagery in the chapter, bringing back memories of my childhood:

A Farmall tractor sat idle in a field, glowing scarlet against the fallow brownness.

The engine belched a thick cloud of black diesel smoke that for a second, through a trick of the wind, floated motionless in the interior of the track’s curve before slamming directly into the windows of Coleman’s car causing him to flinch backwards.

What are you most proud of in your personal life? 

Without a doubt, I am most proud of my children.

My wife and I did our best to raise them to be responsible adults, imperfect as our efforts were. The way they have turned out has exceeded my wildest dreams.

My daughter and son are both loving and accomplished people who treat other people well and who strive to make the world around them better. My daughter is married to a wonderful man (ironically a clergyman in training) and teaches pre-school. My son will soon graduate from law school.

What books did you love growing up? 

The books I checked out from my elementary school library were invariably historical books. I remember checking out a book about Civil War prisons about twenty times.

I later fell in love with Tolkien’s works. I recall reading “The Hobbit” as a 13-year-old while I hiked on the Appalachian Trail in the north Georgia mountains, Tolkien’s Misty Mountains practically coming to life before my eyes, goblins ready to grab my leg and pull me under every rock along the trail.

What do you hope your obituary will say about you? 

Tim was a kind godly man who loved life and loved other people.

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

I was born and raised in the South, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Georgia. My father’s family had moved to the area around 1820 and my mother’s family had lived in the mountains for many generations and thus I have deep roots in the region. I left Georgia for only a few years but have now lived back in my home region for almost 30 years.

I am the first one in my family to earn a college degree and am very grateful to my parents for allowing me to pursue my dream of becoming a physician.

Writing about the South and about people who came from humble origins seems to be only natural.

How did you develop your writing style?

My style is influenced by writers such as Anthony Doerr, Cormac McCarthy, and Flannery O’Connor though, if I am being honest, is probably more guided by my English teachers in high school and college.

I try to listen to dialogue in movies to learn how to better give voice to characters. The Coen Brothers movies are the best for this, especially when you combine Coen Brothers with Cormac McCarthy in No Country For Old Men.

How do you work through self-doubts and fear? 

I spent 16 years as an ER doctor and so I had all of my self-doubt and fear beaten out of me.

Do you find it hard to share your work? 

I used to be timid about letting other people read my work. I remember being very self-conscious when about to submit one of my early short stories to a magazine.

After pitching my novel to lots of agents, I got over being shy about my writing. Now, I just put it out there.

What else do you do, other than write? 

As I have mentioned, I was an emergency physician for 16 years. For the past decade, I have been an executive in the healthcare payment integrity field.

 What other jobs have you had in your life? 

I have been actively working since I was 14 years old in jobs that include a custodian, a salesman in a department store, a camp counsellor, and an orderly in an operating room.

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

I feel like I have already studied them all. I have an undergraduate degree in chemistry, a medical doctor degree, an emergency medicine residency done at Wake Forest University, and a master of business administration degree plus fellowships and certificates from a variety of other organizations.

I don’t feel the need to get a master of fine arts in writing degree but I would like to sit in on some of those courses. The great thing is that much of that content is available outside of a university setting.

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

I love visiting London. I am amazed by how much history surrounds you – pre-Roman, Roman, Anglo-Saxon, Norman, all the way up to more modern history. I have always said that I would enjoy living in London for a while but I’m sure that I would eventually miss my native north Georgia and would want to come back home.

How do you write – lap top, pen, paper, in bed, at a desk? 

I write on a laptop with attached monitors at my desk.

However, I keep a small notebook and jot down notes about story ideas, dialogue, other descriptions, etc.

I also keep a little leather notebook to write song ideas. I play bass, guitar, and some banjo and hope to someday record some of my songs.

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

General Omar Bradley – I would like to ask him about leading troops on D-Day and I could depend on him to give honest answers.

Joan Jett – I bet she’s a lot nicer than you might think.

Abraham Lincoln – I might have to eventually tell him enough with the homespun yarns.

Aretha Franklin – I’d love to just talk to her…and maybe she’d sing at the piano after dinner.

Ernest Hemingway – I probably wouldn’t be able to keep him away from the bar.

Elizabeth 1 – I wonder what she’d think about Joan.

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

Like I’ve said, I play several musical instruments and am in a band at my church.

I like running and hiking and am currently preparing for a climb of Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa with my son.

What do you hope people will take away from your writing? How will your words make them feel?

I aim to simply take people to a different place and to allow them to imagine a life different from their own. If doing this allows the reader to feel some sort of inspiration, that is even better.

How long does it take to write a book?

From the time I first got the idea for A Place Called Jubilee until I had the final draft was around four years. This includes the time it took to 1) write the first draft, 2) study about how to rewrite the book by reading several instructional books, 3) write the next two drafts, 4) send the manuscript to an editor, 5) do an extensive rewrite based on the editor’s recommendations, and 6) make the final clean-ups and write and format the final draft.

Do you have suggestions on how to become a better writer?

Read. Lots. Then write. Lots.

Seriously, read books in your chosen genre. Read books about how to write. Read books about the business of publishing – this will give you lots of pointers about how to be a better writer.

Then, hone your skills by writing. This will teach you how to think like a writer and will make your writing better and better.

What challenges do you come across when writing/creating your story?

Keeping up my momentum in writing. It is best to just plough through a scene or a section of a book and go back and tidy things up later. However, I sometimes get side-tracked by details, following some Google rabbit-hole or even reading about some completely unrelated topic.

What do you think makes a good story?

Characters that are in some way familiar to the reader put into situations that are not familiar to the reader.

Doing this allows the reader to imagine what they would do in similar situations and help them really feel what the characters are experiencing in the story.

Links:

https://www.timothyjgarrett.com

https://www.facebook.com/drtimjgarrett

https://www.linkedin.com/in/drtimjgarrett

An Interview with Author Robin Elno

Robin Elno is a retired army colonel, semiretired psychiatrist, and full-time author. He lives in San Antonio, Texas, where he is an active member of the San Antonio Writers’ Guild. Elno’s Clown William series was inspired by the work of neurologist Oliver Sacks, who wrote about the unusual speed and accuracy often displayed by people with Tourette’s syndrome. Intrigued by the idea that strengths can rise from differences, Elno created the unique and compelling character of Clown William. Elno’s novels are often set against true historical backdrops like the Wild West.

What fact about yourself would really surprise people? 

I was raised Mennonite 

How do you work through self-doubts and fear? 

What are those?

What scares you the most? 

Living into helplessness and pain.

What makes you happiest? 

Friends, old movies and a well-turned phrase or dynamic sentence whether I wrote it or not.

Why do you write?

Never been able to distinguish myself in sports.

Have you always enjoyed writing? 

Yes

What motivates you to write? 

An idea that begs to be developed.

Clown William and the Wind of Vengeance

What books did you love growing up? 

Lord of the Rings, Michener’s The Source and Centennial and Dr. Seuss.

What do you hope your obituary will say about you? 

My God, this was an old dude. But he’ll be missed.

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

I grew up in Ohio with great friends with whom I still gather these 50 years later. I now live in San Antonio and Oregon.

How did you develop your writing?

I joined the local writing guild and worked on the craft with review and shared critique 2 to 3 times per week. I cannot over-emphasis how helpful a collaborative group of writers can be, and the members of the San Antonio Writers Guild (SAWG) are a wonderful group of talented and giving folk.

What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing? 

Though all have unique challenges, I am most challenged by marketing.

What marketing works for you?

If I could get President Trump to tweet about my character, I would have it made. 

Do you find it hard to share your work? 

Not at all.

Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you? 

Yes, fully.

What else do you do, other than write? 

I am a psychiatrist and I work as locum tenens, traveling to different temporary assignments.

What other jobs have you had in your life?

I am a retired Army Colonel. In my distant youth I was a security guard, and a movie usher.  One summer I drove truck for a traveling petting zoo. I worked as a guide at an amusement park.

Tell us about your family?

I have three sisters and we spend Christmas together in Ohio and sometimes enclave during the summer. I have two children- a son is a public defender in Kentucky and my daughter is a college psychology professor in Michigan. I have five grandchildren.

How do you write – laptop, pen, paper, in bed, at a desk? 

Desk top computer

How much sleep do you need to be your best? 

Six hours

Is there anyone you’d like to acknowledge and thank for their support? 

My alpha reading group and my publisher- Ingram Elliott.

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

 Stephen King, Larry McMurtry and JRR Tolkien.

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

William’s story is not over. 

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

Socrates, Billy the Kid and Jesus. 

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

Watch old movies, read, travel.  I really enjoy Amtrak and wish they would get enough funding to rebuild into the 21st century.

What do you hope people will take away from your writing? How will your words make them feel?

Empowered, uplifted and a little sorry to be at the end of the book.

The Power of True Forgiveness: An Interview with Suzette Grant-Walker

Suzette Grant-Walker
Suzette Grant-Walker

Pastor Suzette Grant-Walker is a Jamaican born Christian who now resides in the United States with her family. She is also a Singer, Motivational Speaker, Song Writer and Author. She has preached in numerous Churches both locally and internationally and possess a love for God that is unlike no other. Pastor Suzie’s mantra in life is, “The fact that you are still here means whatever came at you wasn’t meant to kill you, and that God has a greater purpose in mind for your life and calling.” Her vision is to continue to empower married couples on a larger scale through sharing her story of the power of God at work in her life. She has gone through several obstacles; however, with God’s help, she is still alive and well. She accredits all her many successes and gives all glory, power, honor, and praise to her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It was God who did it and still God who is doing it today in her life. 

Describe yourself in five words

Forgiving, compassionate, talented, God-fearing, attractive

What fact about yourself would really surprise people? 

What would really surprise people about me is that I am not as strong as they think. I am a cry-baby.

How do you work through self-doubts and fear? 

I work through self-doubts and fears by turning to prayer and God’s Word and I also depend a lot on my husband’s strength.

What scares you the most? 

The thing that scares me the most is losing my family.

What makes you happiest? 

The things that make me the happiest is the joy of having a beautiful family, spending time worshiping and encouraging others.

What writing are you most proud of?

The writing I am most proud of is my current book. I have touched on a topic a lot of married couples struggle with and I know that it will help many families around the globe. The Power of True Forgiveness will teach people to turn to God for help and guidance to help them keep the promises they made to each other on their wedding day.

What do you hope your obituary will say about you?

I want my obituary to say that I lived a life that impacted others to Christ. I showed through my living that God can be trusted. Most importantly, I want it to say that I was someone who had complete faith in God.

What motivates you to write? 

What motivates me to write is first the fact that I know that God is using me to spread his word whether through my songs, preaching a sermon I write or my books. The other factors are my family and friends who have always supported me. Having that support helps to keep me going and sharing.

What else do you do, other than write? 

The things that I do other than writing, are singing, being a wife and mother and working for Christ in my Church. I also have loved doing hair from a young age and still do that!

What other jobs have you had in your life? 

I am a Certified Nurse’s Assistant and I have owned my own business as a Certified Cosmetologist.

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

If I could study anything at University it would be Christian theology, I want a greater understanding of God.

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

I would live in Hawaii if I had loads of money, or maybe on a private island. I kinda like my privacy, and my family and I love the beach.

Is your family supportive? Tell us about your family? 

I have a beautiful supportive family very respectful to each other, and helpful. Like all families we have disagreements but nothing unfixable; we love each other and we are quite close. My husband is extremely supportive, always right there by my side helping me achieve my dreams.

What books did you love growing up? 

I grew up reading Bible stories, Mills & Boon novels and Danielle Steel novels.

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

My book is about the power of forgiveness, and I wrote it to help others know that it is possible to re-establish trust after it has been shattered. Too many families and married couples are broken because of mistakes and my book is to show that we can forgive each other and move on. Getting married is not a joke. It’s a commitment to one another and to God and we can’t simply give up the minute something goes wrong. We ask for God’s forgiveness daily and He forgives us without question. We too can extend the same level of love and compassion to each other.

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

I grew up on the beautiful island of Jamaica!

What do you write about?

I write about the goodness of God, His power and love for all. My writing focuses on the things that we really feel but allow the society around us to force us to hide inside or dictate the decisions we make in our lives. In my latest book for example, I write about infidelity in my marriage and staying instead of getting a divorce because I took an oath and decided to forgive. Most people who face this challenge don’t want to leave their spouse or their family. They would want to forgive and move on, but instead of doing that, they succumb to societal pressure instead of listening to God. He teaches us love and forgive. Through my writings, I show how we can hold to God’s Word and be and live the way He intends.

When did you start writing?

I started writing over 17 years ago.

What challenges do you come across when writing/creating your story?

My book, The Power of True Forgiveness: We took an Oath is the only writing thus far that I faced any form of challenges with. When I started to write I realised that I had no idea what I was doing. The memories were fresh in my mind and brought back many tears but thanks be to God, no pain.

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What does your family think about your writing?

They are thrilled. I am the first of the family to become an Author.

When did you first realize you wanted to become a writer?

I first considered myself a writer after writing a few of my songs but an accomplished Author when I released my manuscript into my editor, Kemone’s, hand.

Do you have anything specific you’d like to tell the readers?

What I would tell my readers is that they should have an open mind and be prepared to make the necessary changes needed. Listen to God and only Him; He’s always speaking to us if we quieten the noise, be it unforgiveness or self-pity.

Do you see writing as a career?

Writing is challenging but quite engaging and yes, I would definitely consider it as a career.

An author interview with Robert Moment

Robert Moment

Robert Moment is The Life Change Expert, Personal Branding Strategist and Executive Leadership Coach who special in teaching CEOs, Executives, Entrepreneurs and Professionals how to unlock their potential to succeed and be the Go-to Leader in their Industry.

Robert has a passion and gift to bring out the best version in people in business and life.

Learn more at www.HowtoBeHappyAgain.com

Tell us about your new book,  How to Be Happy with Myself : Proven Ways to Finding Happiness in Yourself.

I wrote this happiness book because so many people struggle with being happy with themselves and self love. One of the first life coaching questions I ask the reader – “When was the last time you felt and truly experienced sustainable and real happiness in your life?”. I ask the reader to be 100% honest with their answer. Happiness is a choice. One of the greatest life coaching lessons of this book is to show the reader the mirror and teach them how to love themselves and be happy when they see themselves in the mirror as a precious Gift to this world.

What advice do you hope readers take away from reading the book?

Happiness is not an emotion but a state of mind. I want the reader to know that everyone deserves to be happy.  Throughout this book, I’ll help you take the steps you need in order to achieve greater happiness in your everyday life. I’ll not just tell you about those steps, but I’ll show you how those steps can get you from here to there.

This happiness book will provide enormous benefits to the reader such as:

  • Learn to make yourself happy rather than relying on others to make you happy
    • Learn how to make choices that offer you greater happiness
    • Understanding key aspects of your life that may be holding back your happiness
    • Learning the steps to create your own ‘happiness formula’

What do you think is the biggest challenge trying to finding happiness in life?

We need to ask ourselves the right questions and define what happiness means to each and everyone of us. I help the reader create their own ‘happiness formula’. Try this coaching exercise: get a piece of paper and try to write a description of how you really feel about yourself this very moment. It doesn’t matter whether it’s 30 words long or 800 words; the key is to describe how you’re feeling about yourself at this moment.

Use that piece of paper to get rid of your negative emotions. Get rid of that confusion or that doubt, the conflict, or the pain. Whether you verbally express  your disappointments, discouragements, or negative feelings or you prefer to write them down, get them out.  It’s time to clear your mind and develop a wellness plan for your mental and emotional health.

The goal of this book is to help you along on your journey to creating a stronger sense of yourself that will create a better “outer life” for you on a daily basis. 

What advice would you give someone trying to find happiness? 

As The Life Change Expert, I would coach someone trying to find happiness by asking them the right questions. In this happiness, book I have a chapter with powerful questions that will help the reader find happiness and meaning in their lives.

Here are a few life coaching questions that will help the reader find happiness and meaning in their lives:

  • Who are you?
    • Why does your life matter?
    • What do you think is missing in your life?
    • What do you need to make you happy?
    • Why are you unhappy with your life?

What are 5 keys to being happy that could help someone right now?

  • Here are 5 keys to being happy that could help someone right now:
  • Choose to be happy by loving yourself first
  • Be your own best friend and celebrate your uniqueness
  • Find your purpose
  • Be a giver
  • Forgive

What 5 benefits will the reader get when they read your happiness book?

Here are 5 benefits that reader will get when they read, “How to Be Happy with Myself: Proven Ways to Find Happiness in Yourself

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Author interview with Elsa Joseph

Elsa Joseph is the author of Best Kept Secret and Dylan’s Cozydoze. She gained her writing degree at London South Bank University, UK.

From an early age, Elsa had an ambition to be a writer. She often tried her hand at writing by entering writing contests, although little came from her early efforts.

Besides her love of writing, Elsa has a passion for theatre and sits on the committee of a community theatre group which promotes new writing and encourages people to go to the theatre regularly.

Elsa draws inspiration for her books from travelling, art, theatre, reading and conversations with friends.

Living in London proves to be inspirational to Elsa as she sits at her desk in her office where she writes her stories and can merely look out the window at the hustle and bustle of city life to renew her creativity.

Elsa strives to make stories with interesting plots and beautiful scenery. Characters with great strengths and weaknesses that readers can identify and fall in love with.

 Where are you from?
I’m from London, UK.

 Why do you write? 
There’s no better way to escape daily life than to engulf yourself in fiction. This is why I write. Fictional worlds are just way more interesting than real life.

 What do you write about? 
I write about love and romance.

 Do you have a specific writing style?
I’m very descriptive in my writing. I like using metaphors, as well as adjectives, adverbs, and language that activates the reader’s senses.

 What are obstacles that come in the way of writing? 
Time! I work part-time and sometimes it can be tricky finding the time to write.

 What’s the most memorable thing asked/said by a reader about your work?
A reader once described one of my books as: “chick lit” which I found amusing.

 How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing since age ten.

  When did you first realize you wanted to become a writer?
When I was in sixth form college studying English Language & Literature.

 What is your work schedule like when you are writing?
I tend to write at weekends. I wake up very early and head down to my local coffee shop. I prefer to write in the morning because my head is full of words, and I just need to get onto my laptop and start dumping them into a file. I always wake with sentences pouring into my head. So getting to my laptop every day feels like a long emergency. It’s a funny thing: people often ask how I discipline myself to write. For me, the discipline is turning off the laptop and leaving the coffee shop to do something else.

 What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I often write in my local coffee shop so I have to have a cup of coffee sitting on my table to sip.

 How long does it take to write a book?
My latest book Chloe After Dark took one year to write.

 Do you have suggestions on how to become a better writer?
I think any aspiring writer should join a writing group. The purpose of a writing group is encouragement and improvement for all members.

 What challenges do you come across when writing/creating your story? Cliché or not, I have experienced writers block. I’ve sat at my laptop for hours not knowing what to write next and stuck for ideas.

 What do you think makes a good story?
The key elements of a good story include:
Conflict
Tension
Surprise
Extraordinary characters or character behaviour
Controversy
Mystery
Suspense

 What does your family think of your writing? 
My family are very supportive. They are always asking me what my next project is?

 Do you see writing as a career?
Yes, most definitely!

 Do you have anything specific you’d  like to tell the readers?
My new book Chloe After Dark is out now. If you like your romance novels dark and mysterious then you’ll love Chloe After Dark.

 When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I’ve always considered myself a writer. Once you can write, you’re a writer.

Visit Elsa’s page here www.elsajoseph.co.uk

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An interview with author G.D. Bubb

G.D. Bubb

Where are you from?

So, I grew up in South East England in a little coastal town called Swalecliffe right by the sea and lived pretty much around that area for most of my life, until recently, in which I just quit my job, packed up the apartment and moved my entire existence away from my family and everything I knew to Calgary in Canada. Safe to say it’s been quite the experience so far but it’s definitely taught me a thing or two!

How long have you been writing?

Erm consistently, around three years I would say but it all stemmed from when I was about sixteen/seventeen but back then it was very infrequently and honestly, I had this massive obsession with old English language and the concept of religion (the good and bad), I guess to some degree you could say Shakespeare was definitely an inspiration then. But since then I’ve definitely found ‘myself’ and ‘my style’, if you will, and it’s probably the farthest thing from that now (laughs).

What do you write about?

Everything and anythi- well no. As easy as it would be to say I write about how I feel and my thoughts, I don’t. I guess to some degree yes, I touch upon aspects of my past and my emotions with certain topics but this if often just a catalyst for my expressionism, I guess you could say I’m a sympathiser of human emotion as I do love to invoke it. I like to connect with my audience and everyone is going through different things, so somewhere down the line I could have been there too, to good and the bad, so I just like to bring all aspects of life, love, heartbreak, comfort and hygge to life… in words.

What inspires your to writing?

Everything and anythi- oh sorry I’ve already used this one haven’t I! (laughs).

Seriously though it can be anything from an overheard word at a coffee shop, to a leaf hitting my arm as I walk down the street or even the sound of next doors overly loud washing machine. The situation doesn’t even define the context I could end up writing something so unrelated and that’s the beauty of it. But on a personal level, being an author and a writer cements my existence for longer than I can as a human. As he whispers that took a darker turn didn’t it and smiles. But no, hear me out, my book can now be available to buy, potentially forever… I hope… which means no matter where I am in life or on my own timeline, I can connect with someone and their emotions, even if I’m beyond it. Now that, keeps my mind working.

How do you write – lap top, pen, paper, in bed, at a desk?

Honestly, just on my phone which when said now just sounds unexciting and lame but it’s always on me and I can open the notes app in like three point six seconds if I really tried. So no matter where I am I can always write what I’m thinking or need to express there and then with minimal hassle. I do have a gorgeous leather notepad and ink pen that I used to use to write things on to post on Instagram, but just for everyday jotting it has to be my phone.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

So I wouldn’t say this is a quirk at all but the think I kind of like about it is that it is rarely ever edited, like RARELY. Yes maybe a few are polished slightly and have a few words edited and move around for layout purposes, but I would say ninety five percent of all my work written and published is completely raw, in regards it being the same as I originally wrote it. Like this isn’t me bragging about how I think what I write is so good it’s too perfect to edit, it’s just that’s the way I am. I end up either writing something and being like “oooh yeah okay I feel that” or I’ll reread it and just not get the vibes I wanted, let it stew for a few days then decide whether I deem it good enough for one of my books or it goes in the bin, metaphorically of course.

What writing are you most proud of?

So being very honest with myself I’m not always ‘so hyped’ about many of my pieces. Obviously I’m happy with them and I like them but it’s very often that I’m really proud of something I wrote myself. I wrote the piece below recently actually and it blew up, to some degree, on Instagram. I was very unsure of it as it was the first time I had experimented with using brackets in a piece and doing something a little more poetic that I was to some degree used to, but yeah I got so much positive feedback from it! Loads of my regular followers and friends really hyped it up and a few big Instagram accounts picked it up and shared it, so that just really helped my confidence with being able to play outside of the box.
So here is the piece that’s kind of really kick started my writing confidence and yeah, I’m slightly proud of this one, or at least what it allowed me to become.

Between a fallen sun
(imminent orange hue)
and the reflective sea
(death before I knew it)
is the burning image of
your silhouetted smile
that failed to erase itself
from my salt ridden eyes.
Not another goodbye.

when will you become the moon too.

How did you develop your writing?

Learnt to accept that I am not everyone else and that to succeed I don’t need to be assessing writing trends or trying to take the best of the people I idolise. They are doing well because they are doing them and I’ve slowly started to accept that authenticity builds a better foundation for development than anything else. I like to think my readers are coming to read my work every day because well… I’ve written it… and they like how I’ve written it and expressed a certain something. I’m not sure if that sounds entitled or not but entirely believe self-validation (not that it always lasts) stems for better writing and not constantly acknowledging the crowd helps creativity. Then on the complete contrary, being aware of the crowd and engaging with fellow writers can plant concepts and ideas that could lead to a variety of branches to explore. Finding that balance of being involved as a human and an individual as a writer, I think that was it. I think…

What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing?

They all suck. Getting published is fighting a company, writing is fighting yourself and marketing is fighting everyone else, but it’s all a process and baby steps always prevail, as it’s better than not moving forward. Being entirely honest with you I fell into my publishing agreement and I was incredibly lucky off the bat, I knew of someone using my now publishers and I simply mustered up the courage and sent a fairly impersonal email (as well I believe personality needs to shine through and formalities become boring), but yeah that was it… they read my email, loved it and we arranged a time to speak on the phone then from then on out I was represented by Leaf Publishing House and they were amazing so unfortunately, I cannot really comment on the whole being published side of it. Writing it a different ball game as you personally have to decide your own works validation and if you’re in a certain mood you can even disregard your own work because of it. I know for a fact there has been times where I’ve had a stressful day and I’ve got writers block and then suddenly something comes to me but the world sucks and it’s on fire, so I hate it or it’s not how I want it to be or any other silly little reason. I think with writing you just need to be open in the sense that something you write may not appear to be on your favourites list straight away, always keep spare notes or unfinished pieces as they themselves can blossom with some air and sunshine. Marketing, again, I can’t really comment on as I haven’t done much myself across many platforms. I’m an avid Instagram user and very rarely use Facebook or Twitter so I kind of know my way around a hashtag and insights enough to become an active member of the Instagram community, but half of it is luck with algorithms and trends. Being in the poetry game doesn’t make things much easier as it’s a fairly niche market, so I’m either trying to market towards other poets or readers that may enjoy it and to some degree we are all trying to do the same thing, market our own books (laughs). I’ll get there some day and I’ll come back to this question if I learn the tricks of the trade.

How do you work through periods of self-doubt or fears?

Sulk for days – I wish I was joking but this can be me. Other times I’ll snap myself out of it instantly and be like “nah George you’ve got this, people will want to read your ramblings”. It can honestly vary from week to week but I always attempt to find that ‘reset button’ as quickly as I can whether that’s going for a walk along the river and grabbing a coffee or simply taking myself aside and forming a rational conversation with my own consciousness that creates a productive plan. Negativity causes more stress than it’s worth more often than not let’s be truthful here (or harbour it for some quality aggressive/solemn writing!) and it just needs to be cleared away to allow for you to see the bigger picture, the end goal. Nothing in life is a straight line nor is it always in sight. I won’t be selling hundreds of books or have ten thousand plus followers, but I can aim to sell twenty and have two thousand followers eh! Baby steps, consistent positive baby steps.

Do you have suggestions on how to become a better writer?

Time, confidence, experience, experimenting… the list just goes on and I reckon it’s different for everyone. I see a lot on social media that people are saying like “oh you need to be writing every day” and this and that. I might write three pieces in one day and that will be it for the week, you know. I think yes you should be writing but time in the sense of time allows you to learn how you want to write and what you want to write about, I still see so many writers and I’m like “Damn I wish I could write like that” but then I just sort of ground myself and remember that it’s simply not me. As a writer I’m just not this deep poetical angel and attempting to do so will hinder my creativity, so being myself one hundred percent developed me and it still does to this day but don’t doubt there are times I still have to ground myself. Time and being yourself really comes hand in hand with experimenting (I think anyway) as well, how do you know a raspberry and pecan latte sucks if you don’t try it (I can’t say I’ve tried that one myself but go with it). I picked up a book the other day in which the word okay was just sporadically typed at all angles, like don’t get me wrong I don’t truly connect with that but I can definitely feel the vibe that artist is getting at, I feel like I’ve made a point here but maybe not. THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX. Go look at it from a tree and don’t be afraid to paint it in all yellow ink.

Do you have anything specific you’d like to tell the readers?

Well first of all thank you for reading! It means a lot for me to be able to share my story a little and discuss these things with you which I’ve really enjoyed. The secondly that to any of you that have or may read my work, thank you for connecting with me and I hope that on some fundamental or primal aspect I have been able to share a situation with you at some point in your life despite the fact that we haven’t ever met or shared an exchange. Isn’t that just the beauty of writing and community. Then lastly, just keep yourself healthy and safe and if any of you feel down or anything please make sure you reach out to those around you, humans are social creatures and we deal with problems best as a society which may not seem true at first but trust me, someone somewhere will listen and can offer a helping hand. Even if it’s me.

Visit the author’s website here https://thepoetgdbubb.wixsite.com/home

Follow him on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/g.d.bubb/

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