Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’m a learn-a-holic who has been fascinated with human behaviour for over 10 years. I have had success and failure in various areas of my life and wanted to understand better why some people get the results they want, and some never do. I was also keen to learn easy to adopt steps so that I could share these with others.
This is my first book in which I wanted to help people who are frustrated in the area of weight loss. It’s a very common topic discussed across the globe, and in my view we are often overwhelmed by information on what to eat/ not to eat and what exercise for the best weight loss results. All too often, what’s really behind success in anything is our mindset and behaviours. This is rarely shared in the area of weight loss.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Weight Loss: 5 Simple mind set tricks most people don’t do to lose weight and keep it off
The weight loss industry is worth hundred of billions of dollars. I believe it’s booming because, not only do we want to have the bodies of our dreams, but we are also fed very quick fix information that’s marketed for a general population. I’ve overheard so many conversations between friends and acquaintances about how frustrated they were, and how the latest diet didn’t work. Using my knowledge on human behaviour, I knew that success in weight loss is in the person’s individual mindset and daily habits. Helping people to understand this in relation to weight loss, drive the inspiration for this book. I want to help people see beyond the overload of diet information and understand their own power to drive success. In addition, I wanted to ensure I kept the information simple enough for anyone to implement.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I don’t believe I have any unusual writing habits. I like to keep information simple for the reader. I would say however, I often come up with my own new words for my own humour. One such word is ‘cowp’ – to flop on the ground like a cow, when exhausted and surrendering to the day. It makes me laugh….and I do know not everyone will share the same view.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I’m really interested in human behaviour and personal development so one key influencer on my life has been Tony Robbins. He has written a few books;
Awaken The Giant Within: How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial Life
Unlimited Power: The New Science of Personal Achievement
Money Master the Game: 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom
Other authors in this genre include Jim Rohn, Marianne Williamson, Ekhart Tolle, Dale Carnegie, Stephen Covey, Wayne Dyer, Caroline Myss among many more.
What are you working on now?
I’m working on further books on topics that have caused pain or stress for people in my working career; Stress, work-life balance, healing crises, workplace emotions and managing people. Using what I’ve learned, I really want to help people gain skills in living a better life outside of commonly perceived stressful situations.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Currently I’m using Amazon since that’s where I get all my personal books from.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
I spent too long considering what people would think of my book, if it was the right topic to write about and should’ve published a lot sooner. If you want to do it, just DO IT! In the words of Taylor Swift, ‘hater gonna hate, hate, hate’ anyway. If your book entertains or helps even just 1 other person in the world, your voice, time and effort is absolutely worth it.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
When I read this quote by Marianne Williamson, it made me cry because I think it truly speaks to everyone and she’s right. Who are we not to shine?
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“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
What are you reading now?
I’m currently really intrigued by the world of healing and how many different forms of healing there are. Healing is a very personal journey of learning – outside of the condition we experience or suffer from. Caroline Myss is fascinating, so I’m reading her book, ‘Why people don’t heal and how they can’. I’ve given lots of copies to friends and families, I love it so much.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I have another area I want to write on and that’s beauty. I have a big dream to change the world’s perception of what beauty really is and help lift the pain of many out there who look in the mirror and see a negative image of themselves. We look at beauty in the wrong way, mainly because of what we’re fed by media. Beauty is all around us, and in us but we look externally to feel beautiful. I’d like to make as many people as possible feel beautiful in and of themselves.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
Tony Robbins, Awaken The Giant Within
PS I love you by Cecilia Ahern
The Art of Happiness by The Dalai Lama
Shopaholic series by Cecilia Ahern….(just for the laughs)!