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.
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
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
Learn how to discover everlasting happiness by loving yourself FIRST. Powerful questions will help you not only find happiness, but also help you find your true meaning and passions in life.
Learn the amazing 10-Step Happiness Formula to create your own abundant happiness no matter how unhappy you may currently feel in your own life.
Find out why being happy “from the inside out” is the TRUE SECRET to expand your own happiness in all areas of your life. The choice is yours to make.
Discover the KEY PRINCIPLES that fuel happiness and learn how to tap into these principles on a regular basis to feel utterly excited to be alive and live the way you want to live.
You’ll discover all the essential elements to happiness plus so much more in this easy to read happiness book that has the power to TRANSFORM YOUR ENTIRE LIFE !
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.
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.
Hello, my name is Amunhotep Chavis El-Bey, and I am proud to introduce to you my new eBook entitled, “America is the True Old World,” but first let me tell you more about myself. I am a honorary 33 degree mason, Metaphysician, Historian, Philosopher, Paralegal, Researcher, Poet, Published Author, Crown Knight of Kush, and Ghostwriter. I am 40 years old and loving life in beautiful South Florida. I spend most of my time with my family and friends, so I do consider myself to be a family man and a team player. Now, let’s discuss my new eBook.
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Where are you from? I am from Fort Pierce, Florida
Why do you write? I write to express the truth and its always a form of therapy for me.
What do you write about? Law, Philosophy, History, and poetry.
Do you have a specific writing style? No, I don’t, unless you consider Truth a style.
What are obstacles that come in the way of writing? Mind blocks, which is common for writers. This is why it is best to write when you are relaxed, and your mind is clear, so you can prevent them from happening.
What’s the most memorable thing asked/said by a reader about your work? How did you fit all of that information in three concise chapters?
How long have you been writing? 35 years.
When did you first realize you wanted to become a writer? When I realized how good I was with the written word.
What is your work schedule like when you are writing? I am Self-employed, so I am blessed to have the time to write.
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk? I love to write about historical subjects.
How long does it take to write a book? (if you’ve written one -published or non). That varies depending on the topic and how I feel.
Do you have suggestions on how to become a better writer? Yes, first get knowledge of the subject. Second, the more you write the better you will get. Lastly, every good writing must know how to market themselves.
What challenges do you come across when writing/creating your story? Mind blocks or brain farts are always my biggest challenge, because you can have a good topic and know about it, but no words will flow from your pen, because you can’t think of anything to write at the moment.
What do you think makes a good story? Facts, conflicts throughout the story, and a good villain.
What does your family think of your writing? They love it and they support me 100%. Its good to have people that support and believe in you, because it gives you peace of mind to write.
Do you see writing as a career? Yes, because I am already doing it as a career, because I also ghostwrite for a living too.
Do you have anything specific you’d like to tell the readers? Follow your dreams and don’t never let anyone say you can’t do it. Yes, you can do it.
When did you first consider yourself a writer? Well, I have a speech impediment. Yes, I stutter, so I prefer writing over talking any day, so therefore I learned at a young age that I was destined to be a writer. Well, I started ghostwriting for friends in school when I was 18 and I made money doing it, so 18 is when I considered myself a professional.
In 2018 I began my blog, 45 Things as a way to try some new things and to begin sharing my writing publicly. The initial vision was for me to complete 45 tasks and to write about what I learned from them. I began my journey and was doing well until a mental health issue and a concussion ended that particular journey.
When I was feeling better, the year had passed and I felt I had failed. I didn’t complete my entire list. I did, however, learn that I had accomplished something even greater – I had learned that I had courage.
In November of 2019, I began my blog series, 45 Days of Courage which was a journey for me to move away from feeling like I live in a world of chaos and fear, to living with courage and vulnerability. The blog was very well-received and I had many people comment that the posts were helping them to step out of their comfort zones, to practice courage and to begin to see the world a little differently.
Now 45 Days of Courage is temporarily off the blog because I have taken another step of courage – turning the blog into a book. It is available in both paperback and Kindle formats on Amazon.
Describe yourself in five words
Honest, Compassionate, Driven, Kind and Brave
What fact about yourself would really surprise people?
I am an introvert. I think most people assume I am an extrovert because I work in education as a leader and have to spend a lot of time being “on” with people. But at the end of the day, I just want to close the door and be with my people, safe in our home together.
How do you work through self-doubts and fear?
Apparently I write books about it. I experience a lot of self-doubt and fear. My therapist recommended I journal about it, so I began blogging, since I love writing but needed some accountability. Blogging helped me to overcome my doubts about being good enough and showed me that I can have fear and courage at the same time.
What scares you the most?
The thought of hurting someone I love, especially my children. I hate the idea that a careless word or a thoughtless action could hurt them. I know that it is human to make mistakes, but I just pray my mistakes don’t cause others pain.
What makes you happiest?
My happiest moments come when I am spending time with my family travelling. We love road trips and have taken some great trips with the kids over the years. There is something about being trapped in a van with the ones you love most that just makes me very happy.
Why do you write?
I write because something inside me says I need to write. I have a terrible time keeping thoughts from taking over and taking on a life of their own, so I write to keep them contained and to keep them from getting out of control. I write to stop ruminating. I write because it is the only way I know how to take what is in my heart and in my soul and let it out of my body.
Have you always enjoyed writing?
Yes, but there were many years when I hid my love for writing. After being told once, as a small child, that my writing was naïve and after being laughed at by both students and teachers, I hid my love of writing. But I was still always writing. It seems to be the only way I know to truly communicate what I am feeling and experiencing in the world.
What motivates you to write?
Staying mentally healthy. I know that one of the best ways for me to keep my mental illness at bay is to write. Having bipolar sometimes means that my thoughts run wild and can run to a very dark place. Knowing that writing keeps some light in my life, and shows me a way out of the darkness, is a great motivator.
Also, my mom told me that she looks forward to reading my blog every morning. So I think I write every morning for her.
What writing are you most proud of?.
I am most proud of the book I have just written. What began as a blog project to help me find more courage became a way for me to find common humanity with others. Publishing the book was a huge act of courage. I have felt simultaneously bold and vulnerable, exposed and supported. I love how people have connected to the book and, in turn, have connected with me.
What are you most proud of in your personal life?
I am most proud of how I am raising my kids. My wife and I adopted two children in 2013. There have been so many challenges, but through it all, I think we get up every day and love our kids, doing our very best to teach them to be kind and good people above all else, and to show compassion whenever possible. We strive to focus on their strengths while not letting them run away from their weaknesses. They are just cool little people who sometimes make me want to rip my hair out, but who always make me proud.
What books did you love growing up?
I enjoyed lots of different books growing up. I think, as I look back, that I loved books with strong female lead characters. I could read three or four Nancy Drew books one weekend, and then sit down to enjoy Little Women the next. I adored Anne of Green Gables and still love the character of Anne Shirley.
What do you hope your obituary will say about you?
She was kind. She loved her work and adored her family. She waded into a messy and wonderful life with her wife and together they raised two amazing children. She overcame challenges and times of deep despair with grace and with hope. I hope my obituary will not simply focus on things I have done, but will reflect what I hope more than anything, that I am a kind person who genuinely cares about others and who wants others to find success and happiness.
Location and life experiences can really influence writing, tell us where you grew up and where you now live?
I grew up in a few different cities around Southwestern Ontario. Most of my youth was spent in Waterloo Ontario. When I finished highschool I moved to London Ontario to attend Western University. Interestingly, my mom grew up in London but moved to Waterloo where she remains today. I still live in London and I expect I will stay here for at least the next 8 or 10 years until I retire from education.
How did you develop your writing?
The best thing I can do is to just start writing. I don’t worry about developing anything when I sit down to write. It is just me, my pen or my keyboard and my writing journal or the screen. I just let it happen. I edit later but I think for me, writing is the creative part, and editing is the art – the part where I decide what to keep and what to throw away.
What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing?
It’s all hard. But I like the writing and publishing parts. This is my first time taking my writing out of the circle of close friends and blog followers I have, so I don’t know yet what I don’t know yet. Marketing is much harder, mostly because I am learning as I go.
Do you find it hard to share your work?
I did. But now I want people to read it. I hope that my words get into the right hands at a time they are really needed.
Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you?
I have had more support than I ever thought possible. Friends and family regularly check in with me as they read my blog or hear about my book. It is wonderful.
What else do you do, other than write?
During the day I work as a high school Principal. I work with lots of teenagers who are making their world better. Yes, I also work with some who are making questionable life choices, but the beautiful part of my job is that I get to meet them right where they are, let them know they are loved and they belong, set high expectations for them and then help them to meet them because I know they can.
Beyond work, I love painting and doing DIY projects in my home…more accurately, I love starting DIY projects in my home. I am actually spending this week completing a number of projects that I have been sitting on for years. It keeps me from pacing and wondering about the book. I also play the guitar and sing and I am an avid reader. Mostly, though, I just love spending time with my wife and kids and dogs and the cat.
What other jobs have you had in your life?
I have been a Principal and a Teacher for the past 22 years. As a university student I worked for the student newspaper in the advertising department and I also worked at a trophy shop, which was a very interesting job. In high school I bussed tables, served food, worked in the footwear department of a large retail store and stocked shelves.
If you could study any subject at university what would you pick?
I would love to do a doctorate in Education. I have been looking into it but it is hard to imagine what that would look like with work and my family to consider. I completed both my undergraduate and my masters degrees at Western University in London ON. I wonder if it would be fun to try another university for the doctorate.
If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
I would love to live somewhere where it is warm all year. But not forever. Just for a year, maybe two. Living in Canada, I love the changing seasons, just not the cold of winter. I think I would miss it though. The change from winter to spring reminds me that there is life even after the darkest season. The change from spring to summer reminds me to spend more time playing after a season of work and growth. Moving from summer to fall reminds me to let go of the things that no longer serve me. And the change from fall to winter, while difficult for me, reminds me to rest.
Tell us about your family?
My family is amazing and the people I love most in this world. My wife Nancee is my best friend and the person I want to share everything with. We have been together for over twenty years and married since 2003. We would have gotten married sooner but we had to wait until same-sex marriage became legal in Canada. In 2013 we welcomed our two children into our family as foster children and then in 2015 we stood in a courtroom while a judge declared us a full legal family. Their adoption day is something we celebrate as a family every year. We also have two rescued hounds – Walter, a basset and beagle mix, and Winston, a boxer and basset mix. We adore them and their antics. Finally, rounding out the family is Pickles the cat. He was found by my kids when someone had thrown him out of a car window when he was just a wee little kitten. The kids really wanted a cat and I did not. They asked to name him and I said I didn’t know if we were even going to keep him. My son looked at me with the most pitiful eyes and said, “but Mama, when we needed a home, you didn’t send us away…” And then we had a cat.
My family loves road trips. While many families loathe them, we look forward to them. We have taken three trips to Florida, a trip to Washington DC, a trip to Myrtle Beach and a long trip out to PEI together. We have yet to hear “Are we there yet?”
How do you write – lap top, pen, paper, in bed, at a desk?
I usually outline what I am going to write in a notebook with a pen. Then I move to my kitchen table and write on my laptop OR I sit in my favourite reading chair and write on my phone. Seriously. It just depends how I am feeling that morning. I always write in the early morning – between 3 and 6 am, and always with a cup of coffee.
How much sleep do you need to be your best?
I haven’t had more than 6 hours of sleep in a very long time. And it isn’t because I set an alarm or anything like that. I just go to bed at 9 or 9:30 and at 3:00 I am wide awake.
Is there anyone you’d like to acknowledge and thank for their support?
I need to acknowledge my family – my wife and my kids, my mom and dad. Without them, I am not sure I would get up every day and write for other people. I would certainly still write for myself but they gave me the push to take my writing outside my circle. Also I really need to acknowledge and thank my best friend Stephanie who always tells me to look inside and ask myself what story needs to be told next.
Every writer has their own idea of what a successful career in writing is, what does success in writing look like to you?
For me, a successful writing career looks like people reading my words. I am not interested in being a best-selling author or anything like that. I just want the words to get to the people who need to hear them or read them.
It is vital to get exposure and target the right readers for your writing, tell us about your marketing campaign?
Lol. I am just making this up as I go along. I use social media and word of mouth more than anything. I think having the blog helps. I would love to connect with someone who knows more about the marketing side of publishing.
Tell us about your new book? Why did you write it?
45 Days of Courage is a 45 day, interactive and reflective guided journal. Each day I share a little bit about what I think courage looks like. We look at things like believing you are worthy of love and belonging, following your dream, treating others with kindness when they are cruel, laughing in the face of fear or standing your ground. In each section I share a personal story of moving from chaos and fear toward taking steps of courage and bravery. I challenge readers to do the same and they are given the opportunity to write their own thoughts or to share their own story of courage. My hope is that after 45 days, we have 45 practices and a habit of showing courage even in the face of fear.
I wrote the book because I went through some difficult times dealing with my mental health starting a few years ago when my wife got very sick and nearly died. As she would get better, I would begin to feel some confidence that everything was going to be okay and then she would have a relapse. Sometimes we would be in the hospital for a week, out for three days and back in. Eventually I just became so afraid that it infiltrated every part of my life. But when I turned 45 I decided that I wanted to change that pattern of thinking. I started a blog entitled 45 things and I set out to try to complete 45 things that scared me as a way of overcoming my fear. While I didn’t complete all 45 (I am a work in progress) I did find more courage. So I then decided to blog about courage and the lessons of courage I had learned – that courage rarely looks like heroics. Courage looks like vulnerability. It looks like feeling afraid but showing up anyway. I wanted other people to find opportunities to practice courage in a non-threatening and authentic way. When the blog was done, my friend told me it needed to be a book, so that seemed like a logical next step. Of course now I have published the book and I feel more vulnerable and exposed than ever before. The irony of writing a book about courage, I guess.
If you could have a dinner party and invite anyone dead or alive, who would you ask?
I have thought a lot about this. The ultimate dinner party for me would be at my home with my wife and we would invite: Brene Brown, Glennon Doyle, Abby Wombach, Elizabeth Gilbert, Ellen, Oprah, and Michelle Obama. My therapist would also like to be there so I guess I would invite her too. Lol.
When you are not writing, how do you like to relax?
I enjoy yoga and kick-boxing, but neither of those are really happening right now. I also love hiking which is on hold too. I am waiting for surgery to remove a painful tumor from inside a bone in my knee. Hopefully when that is done I can get back to doing the things I love. Beyond that, I read a lot and enjoy doing home improvement projects in my home…working on finishing a bunch of unfinished projects right now. In the evening I like kicking back with a glass of wine and binge watching shows on Netflix with my wife.
What do you hope people will take away from your writing? How will your words make them feel?
Above all else, I hope that people will take with them the feeling that they are not alone. I hope my writing connects people to one another and to me. I hope it helps them to feel like they have courage within them. I hope it challenges them to take their unique and beautiful lives and use it to make the world brighter and better for themselves and for others.
I have been wanting to write books for over 10 years but always put it off. I wrote professionally for the first time in 2006 when I wrote a magazine article for a small local magazine in CT. That was the extent of my professional writing for years, even though writing was my passion. Well, at 51 I decided it’s time to stop putting it off and get it done!
I was born and raised in New Bedford, MA and although I’ve considered moving to different states over the years, I’ve always stayed in my hometown. I have been with my wife, Shanna, for 18 years, and we’ve been married for 11 years. Our little demon pup, Daime, and our bratty kitty, Princess Star, allow us to live with them. Of course they may change there minds on that at any time. Star is a little brat who constantly is on the desk while I try to work and she sleeps on the top of our portable closet until I get up in the morning. Hey, I said he’s a demon and she’s a brat!
I tend to do things later in life than others. For instance I went back to college when I was 38 years old and graduated with my BA in psychology when I was 42 years old. I’ve been working since then helping people in one way or another and currently doing so working from home. This allows me to read and write when I want.
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Where are you from? New Bedford, MA. AKA The Whaling City
Why do you write? Because my mind is full of characters that need to be written. Especially the characters from the “Friends For Life” series.
What do you write about? Lesbian Romance & Paranormal
Do you have a specific writing style? Not really.
What are obstacles that come in the way of writing? I think my biggest obstacle, especially the last year, has been me. I didn’t put enough time into my writing. There were a lot of “tomorrow” days.
How long have you been writing? Not long, only since 2018.
When did you first realize you wanted to become a writer? Almost 20 years ago. But I had no idea how to go about it, and I really didn’t try to find out. Then I started reading more than I ever did and I became an ARC reader for a couple of my favorite authors. One day I asked one of the PA’s what to do to start on Amazon with Kindle books. She told me the very basics on how to start (basically how to set up a KDP account) then I figured out the rest, including making covers, because I couldn’t afford to have anyone else do any of it.
What is your work schedule like when you are writing? It depends on my mood. There are times when I’ll be up every night, late into the night, writing. Even during the week when I have to get up for my day job. And on weekends I’ll write almost all day long. The weekend between Christmas and New Years I was up until 5:30 one morning and after 2:00 the next. But other times I’ll put in a couple of hours here and there. When I really let myself get into the worlds I create is when I find that I write for hours on end.
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk? I’m not sure if it’s interesting, but all of my characters (including the paranormal ones) have parts of myself in them. It could be something really simple, like how I take my coffee (that’s just an example, I don’t think that one is in any of my books, yet). So, when a reader is reading my books, they’re actually reading a lot about me.
How long does it take to write a book? (if you’ve written one -published or non) It depends. For instance, the last one took over a year. Because I kept putting it off. Usually a couple of months.
Do you have suggestions on how to become a better writer? Write from your heart. Think about the world your creating in whatever book you’re working on often, even when not writing. Keep something near your bed in case you think of ideas at night. You may not remember them in the morning and you’ll kick yourself.
What challenges do you come across when writing/creating your story? Sometimes the ideas dry up or maybe it’s writers block. I don’t know which. But when that happens, I step back and give myself a break from writing.
What do you think makes a good story? Writing what you know or writing in a fantasy or paranormal genre because you can make it all up, because things like dragons, hunger games, werewolves, vampires, and mermaids don’t really exist, so you can make things up. 😊 Seriously though as someone who reads everything I can (my Goodreads challenge in 2019 was 250 books and I read 275) I’m not sure there is one specific thing that makes a good story because different readers like to read different types of books. What may make a good story for me, may not make a good story for someone else.
What does your family think of your writing? My family loves it. My wife is very supportive. When I kept putting off the last book, she was there all the time to say “you need to write” and when I did start writing, really writing, she told me she was proud of me for it, There’s nothing like hearing “I’m proud of you” from your significant other.
Do you see writing as a career? Right now, no. Just because I have to make a lot more money from it to be a career. lol However, I would love for it to become a career at some point. I love my day job and honestly, am not sure I would ever quit. However, I do fantasy about being able to write all the time.
Do you have anything specific you’d like to tell the readers? Yes!! Two things. If you want to be a writer, just do it! And no matter what your dreams are, it’s never too late to make them come true. I started wanting to write a book almost 20 years ago. I finally did it when I was 51. It doesn’t matter if I ever become famous from it. What matters is I did it, and I’ve sold books and had people read my books on Kindle Unlimited.
When did you first consider yourself a writer? Some days I’m still not sure if I do consider myself a writer. lol That’s with 7 books out. I have to remind myself that creative fields don’t go by whether you’ve had a job in that field yet. For instance, there are many actors out there who have not had the good fortune of getting a gig yet. They will, but they haven’t yet. That doesn’t mean they’re not actors. I’ve published a few books, so I’m a writer, and I have to start giving myself at least that much credit. And even if I hadn’t published one book yet and was still working on my first one, I’d still be a writer.
Nicole Adrianne, the mind behind the Miles & Breaker series, is a self-taught professional content writer and author. She lives in Stockholm, Sweden with her two cats and spends her time there volunteering to provide free educational programs to immigrants in their native languages. She has a background in software design and a passion for literature, technology, linguistics, and food.
Where are you from? Originally from Massachusetts, USA, I now live in Stockholm, Sweden.
Why do you write? I have stories I want to tell! I want to make people think, and I want to encourage people to make the world a better place through my work.
What do you write about? I like to write stories that take place in dystopian or high-tech environments, and I explore themes of equality, education, technology, and social justice quite often.
Do you have a specific writing style? I prefer to write in first-person because it allows the reader immediate access to what my character is feeling and going through. I also prefer a slightly more whimsical style, similar to Douglas Adams or Lemony Snicket, while retaining more serious subject matter.
What are obstacles that come in the way of writing? My health is the biggest obstacle. I fight with Lupus, Asperger’s, and depression daily, and trying to make a living on top of that leaves me with little energy for writing. But, I make the most of the time and energy I do have and work as hard as I can!
Whats the most memorable thing asked/said by a reader about your work? That it made them laugh. I love when people come away from my books feeling happy and connected to my characters.
How long have you been writing? Professionally, for two years. I’ve been writing stories on my own for eighteen years, though. It’s given me a lot of time to perfect the craft!
When did you first realize you wanted to become a writer? When I was three years old and wrote my first self-illustrated book series about a particularly adventurous worm. I even bound the books myself with a stapler.
What is your work schedule like when you are writing? I try to devote at least ten hours a week to writing or editing, and I use the Pomodoro method of working for 25 minutes followed by a 5-minute break. It keeps me at top productivity.
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk? Most of my female characters are skilled in typically male-dominated fields. For example, my YA heroine from the Miles & Breaker series, Jada Breaker, is a skilled hacker and coder.
How long does it take to write a book? My first book took 8 years to finish, but I think a reasonable timeframe is between 2-6 months from outlining to final revision.
Do you have suggestions on how to become a better writer? Absolutely. When another writer or author gives you criticism, listen to them! If you already think your writing is perfect, you’ll never get any better.
What challenges do you come across when writing/creating your story? I have the hardest time actually sitting down and writing the draft. I’m such a perfectionist that I hesitate to commit to even simple words or phrases. I constantly have to remind myself that the first draft is just for making the book exist; it becomes functional and effective later on.
What do you think makes a good story? All of my favorite stories have elements of mystery and romance, and I love when technology plays a huge role. Well-rounded female characters make me really happy. Lastly, I love when I walk away from a story thinking about a big concept, like how I can improve my world or how I can treat other people in a better way.
What does your family think of your writing? They’re my biggest fans! I’m grateful they’re so supportive.
Do you see writing as a career? Definitely. I plan to support myself fully with my writing in six years’ time.
Do you have anything specific you’d like to tell the readers? That I love Rowan Miles, the co-protagonist of Miles & Breaker, and that I wish he existed in real life. I hope you love him as much as I do!
When did you first consider yourself a writer? The first time I was paid for my work. I was 15 and someone donated $50 to my story in hopes that I would publish it someday. Because of that donation, I never gave up on my story, and it now exists today as Miles & Breaker: Alpha, available on Amazon: https://amzn.to/352YgeW.
Describe yourself in five words: Impulsive, determined, emotional, intelligent, diverse.
What fact about yourself would really surprise people? I used to live in a Devon Rex cattery – a home where Devon Rex cats are bred. Actually, it was really cool!
How do you work through self-doubts and fear? Using CBT – cognitive behavioral therapy. It helps a lot! I self-study books by Dr. David Burns.
What scares you the most? Being unable to do the things I love.
What makes you happiest? Feeling the mutual love and support between myself and my loved ones.
What writing are you most proud of? So far, this one! Miles & Breaker: Alpha.
What books did you love growing up? A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket, The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, and The Neverending Story by Michael Ende.
How did you develop your writing? By posting my work online and getting lots and lots of feedback from other writers and avid readers. The feedback was hard to swallow at times, but it made me so much better! I also learned how to outline effectively, and I’m currently working on increasing my writing speed.
What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing? Currently, I think marketing is my biggest challenge. I hope that will change soon though!
What marketing works for you? Partnering with book blogs, Amazon ads, and Pinterest ads.
Do you find it hard to share your work? Sometimes, but it’s necessary to share my work to grow, or to make any income!
Do your friends support you? More than anyone. We trade projects and writing tips, and they’re always the first to preorder my books.
What else do you do, other than write? I’m a freelance content writer, transcriber, social media marketer, and software developer. I also do a lot of volunteer work in the educational field!
What other jobs have you had in your life? I’ve delivered groceries, run a customer service desk, taught English as a second language, been a private tutor, and taught piano and music theory. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg!
Tell us about your family? My family is half German and half New Englander (USA). We’re a quiet, yet opinionated bunch. We love playing board games and spoiling our cats!
How do you write – lap top, pen, paper, in bed, at a desk? I outline using index cards but prefer to write on my tablet or laptop. I’m experimenting with dictation software at the moment to see if that will improve my writing speeds.
How much sleep do you need to be your best? 9-10 hours. I’m actually a sloth.
Every writer has their own idea of what a successful career in writing is, what does success in writing look like to you? To me, I’ll have attained success in writing when I can quit all my other jobs and support myself just on income from my fiction.
Tell us about your new book? Miles & Breaker: Alpha, is a YA dystopian novella that combines the competition of the Hunger Games with the innocent adventure of Narnia and the technological conspiracy of Ready Player One.
When you are not writing, how do you like to relax? By playing piano, reading, and cuddling with my cats.
I hope you enjoy Miles & Breaker: Alpha, available on Amazon