Review: Secrets by Freya North

Title: Secrets
Author: Freya North
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 978-0-00-724594-9


Reviewed by Jo Linsdell


Secrets by Freya North is a page turning romance set in Saltburn-by-the-sea in the UK. If you like chick-lit, you'll love this. 

Joe has a great house, great job and no committments and he likes it like that. Tess is a troubled young mum that falls into the life of Joe and changes it forever. Each has a secret past but sparks fly every time they meet. 

Life as a single mum is hard but Tess does a great job raising her daughter and manages to create a new life for them. Joe trys to ignore his growing feelings and continue with his life of easy sex and no ties but as Tess and he send more time together their feelings for each other grow. 

Secrets is a great read. I just couldn't put it down! Although this is the first book I've read by Freya North it won't be the last. She has me hooked!
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Site of Interest : For Writers

This weeks site of interest is http://forwriters.com/



The site is a rich resource for information and networking within the industry. It includes the following sections:

  • Writers Forums
  • Reference sites
  • Writers Markets
  • Writers Groups
  • Conventions and workshops
  • Author and Artist sites
Well worth a visit!

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Interview with Katandra Jackson

What made you become a writer?
-The statitistical tragic childhood. Writing was a way to escape what I refused to let become reality. I was given a diary at the age of 10 and this is where it all began.
 
If you weren't a writer what would you be?
-I have a diploma in Early Childhood Education, and have taught Pre K. An unfinished degree in Psychology, I would love to counsel troubled adolescents. My forefathers made a career of the Military, and I too have at least thought of this route. As you can see, the options are many and vary widely. One thing is for sure, if I were not a writer, i'd be plenty confused. Writing is the one thing in my life that ALWAYS makes sense. Without it, it's certain i'd die... i'm sure of it.
 
Tell us a bit about your latest book.
-THE DIARY OF A BRIDE TO BE: BOOK 1 A Reason, A Season, or A Lifetime is my first creative nonfiction.  This story is about how two met and finally fell in love, and the journey that has since commenced.   It is a classic tale with a modern day setting. From the opening lines, the reader is invited to recollect firsthand, one of the most important journeys in a woman's life. It's a behind the scenes story that spares no details. From the acceptance of a friend request, to becoming more than cyber friends, to saying "I do!”. Book 1 is sure to be a page turner with its many unexpected twists and turns, the changing of one's heart and anothers mind and newfound  laughter. This tale is one as old as time. The story is told in a narrative tone.
 
Did you design the cover yourself or have it made for you?
-With some very creative insight, some photoshop, and a little luck, the cover pretty much designed itself. The original was had such bright and vibrant colors that they seemed to bleed, so I opted for a black and white cover instead. The same design. Bouquet background with the beginning words of the book right on the cover. It reminds me of my very 1st diary and I hope it intrigues the curiosity of each potential reader.

How do you promote your writing?
-I promote my blog by weekly postings via my Author Page, by being an active member of several online writing communities, I maintain a twitter, and several blogs. It is pertinent with or without a literary agent, rather traditionally or self published to be your own marketing manager. Become a household name and your book(s) are sure to see the light of day as opposed to a damp basement, in a musty corner, in a dust covered box. Sell you!!!
 
What are your tips for others writers?
-To write everyday, especially that which you love. Be it poetry, short stories, non fiction... write what you love. Study that form in its professional format, become a master at it. Then and only then can you begin to hone in other other writing styles. And no matter what, write every single day. When you have lots to say, when you have nothing to say, when you have writers block. Push through by writing everyday. Start TODAY. And what you can't revise and use, scrap and write again TOMORROW.
 
Where can people find out more about you and your writing?
-I can be found at my Author Page via Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/FreedomInk/190311864330967
A preview of Book 1 can be found at

Anything else you'd like to add?
-I've always loved writing, articulating words, and expressing my portrait of the world with pen in hand. Even still, not in a million years could I have imagined this being my life. Push, promote, and provide the fuel for your own Dreams... anything is possible.
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Three Story Skills that Self-Published Novelists Need



Three Story Skills that Self-Published Novelists Need
By Donald Maass,
Author of The Breakout Novelist: Craft and Strategies for Career Fiction Writers


Here are three things that glib, hasty or form declines from New York aren't telling you.The solutions can help you whether you are seeking a major imprint or going it alone:
 I was able to begin skimming your novel almost right away.  Ouch. That's not the effect you want.  The antidote is a high level of line-by-line tension, what I call "micro-tension."

Here's how it works: When every paragraph, if not every line, of your novel creates in the reader's mind a worry, question, apprehension or even a mild disease, the reader will unconsciously seek to relieve that tension.  The result?  The reader zips to the next line.

Constant micro-tension results in what is paradoxically termed a page-turner.  You'd think that would mean quickly skimmed but it means the opposite: a novel in which you are unable to stop reading every word.
 
I really don't care about your main character.  Double ouch.  How can that be when your main character is so real, passionate and ultimately heroic?

There's a trick that top novelists use, which is in the opening pages showing why this character matters.  The trick's a little different depending on the type of protagonist you've got.  For the everyman or everywoman type, the secret is to demonstrate -- even in a small way -- a quality of strength, a minor heroism.

For already heroic protagonists, the secret is to show one way in which they're human like anyone else.  Dark protagonists need to express one way in which they'd like to change, to be more normal.  That hint of the redemption-to-come can signal to readers that this tormented character is worth their time.
Too many clich├ęs!  A long parade of familiar phrases and purple emotions can start to pound in a reader's brain like a migraine headache.

Fresh language and imagery starts with looking at the world in the unique way that your character would.  What does your character notice that no one else does?  What details stand out for him or her?

A surprising emotional landscape can be built by working with secondary, less obvious feelings.  Think of it this way: If a character's predominant emotion at any given moment is big and universal, then the reader probably has already felt it.  Explore feelings that are less apparent.

There's a lot more to great fiction, obviously, but the three big areas for improvement above will put your novels ahead of the pack.

© 2011 Donald Maass, author of The Breakout Novelist: Craft and Strategies for Career Fiction Writers


Author Bio

Donald Maass, author of The Breakout Novelist: Craft and Strategies for Career Fiction Writersheads the Donald Maass Literary Agency in New York City, which represents more than 150 novelists and sells more than 100 novels every year to publishers in America and overseas. He is a past president of the Association of Authors Representatives, Inc., and is the author of several books.
For more information please visit http://www.maassagency.com/ and Amazon.com, follow the author on Facebook and Twitter
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Video: Up the Stakes to Grab Readers - Lessons From Inception

Shows how Christopher's Nolan recent hit movie Inception kept viewers in their seats through a masterful use of high stakes.

Historical and speculative novelist K.M. Weiland offers tips and essays about the writing life to help other writers understand the ins and outs of the craft and the psychology behind the inspiration.

http://wordplay-kmweiland.blogspot.com
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Review: An Amish Love, Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller & Kelly Long

Title: An Amish Love
Authors: Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller & Kelly Long
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
ISBN: 978-1-59554-875-7

Reviewed by Jo Linsdell

An Amish Love is a collection of three Amish novellas. Each story is well written and clearly shows the Amish way of life and beliefs.

In the first tale, A marriage of the heart, author Kelly Long takes us into the lives of Abigail Kauffman and Joesph Lambert. Abigail is a young woman trying to escape from living with her father. Joesph is a newcomer to the community wanting to be accepted. The two suddenly find themselves married to each other and start a journey to discover life-long love.

The second tale, What the heart sees by Kathleen Fuller tells the story of Ellie Chupp, a girl who loses her sight in an accident and is shortly after left by her boyfriend. Strong and independent, Ellie is making the best of things but is haunted by the past. Christopher Miller has returned home five years after the tragedy that broke his heart and struggles to forgive and make peace. Sparks fly between the two allowing them both to see things with new eyes.

The final tale is Healing hearts by Beth Wiseman. Naumann Lapp left his home and family to find himself. Levina, his wife, managed without him but now Naumann has come home and must regain the trust and respect of his wife and rebuild family ties. It would seem that all things happen for a reason.

All three novella are good reads that will keep you turning the pages. My personal favourite was 'What the heart sees' by Kathleen Fuller but I enjoyed the others too.

Each one teaches about a  different aspect of relationships and making love work. Be it trust or nurturing your relationship.

At the back of the book you'll find a reading group guide and some of the Amish recipes used in the stories. It's worth getting the book just to know how to make the syrupy pancake bake ;)


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com <http://BookSneeze.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
  
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Site of interest: Story Mind

This weeks site of interest is http://storymind.com




Storymind is the creator of StoryWeaver and Co-creator of Dramatica.
Since 1991 Storymind.com has been a premiere web site of information and tools for writers.  We receive over 20,000 visitors every month, and have filled over 30,000 orders for writers all over the world.  
Should you be interested in products for writers, we will beat any price from any other authorized dealer.  Plus, you'll receive our famous Writer's Survival Kit Bonus Package FREE with ANY Purchase.

This site offers a wide selection of tools and information of use to writers. Worth a visit!
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Interview with Helen Adrienne

Why did you write On Fertile Ground: Healing Infertility?
I began working with infertility patients in 1979 and I had my first article published in 1990 when I was one of the few therapists who specialized in working with this population.  Infertility patients face so many challenges and before the internet, patients were desperate for anything that would help them to feel understood and normal under the circumstances.  I became a columnist for the not-for-profit web site INCIID (InterNational Council on Infertility Information Dissemination) and I found that I really enjoyed providing this kind of guidance to a wider audience than just those whom I saw in my private practice or in my stress reduction groups.  As the years went by and my experience and skills grew, I realized that I could put the whole nightmare into a perspective that would provide relief and reason to be hopeful.  It was as if there was an inner motor running and I could say that at times it felt as if the book was writing itself.

For whom did you write the book?
My goal was for the infertility patient to feel understood and to understand the many facets of the infertility challenge so they could reclaim control of their lives.  It didn’t take me long to realize that the way my mind works resulted in the book’s usefulness to a much broader audience.  Those who want to understand an infertile friend or loved-one would benefit from this book.  Therapists and reproductive endocrinologists, too, would have a window into the infertility experience that would enhance their relationships with their patients.  And a happy surprise came when a colleague of mine read an early draft of the book.  We were meeting for lunch and she came running down the block waving the manuscript in her hand and burst out with, “Helen, I’m going to buy this book for my friend Lisa.  She’s not struggling with infertility, but your guidance would help her with her issue.”  Subsequent to that, many others, including professional reviewers of the book, have made the same comment.  If you pull out the word infertility and plug in any adversity, there’s much to be gained by reading this book. 

How is it organized?
This book is written from a mind/body orientation.  When couples fail to conceive, the levels of physical and mental stress magnify each other and are so great that often their minds take off for distant planets as their bodies walk the earth like zombies.  Therefore, emphasis is put on inviting the mind back into the body even though it feels like a painful place to live.  And I must add that my experience as a clinical hypnotherapist figured in, too, because I have seen the enormous benefit to patients who use trance work to manage the frenzy.  In fact, I teach self-hypnosis at the end of chapter 7.

First, I present the reading audience with a map of the typical ways in which infertility impacts individuals, couples, families and friendships.  Then I normalize depression and anxiety. Two categories of mind/body coping and their options are laid out: “problem-solving coping” and “letting-go coping.”  The latter has a positive correlation with rates of pregnancy.  Hypnosis is in that category and a full chapter is devoted to this topic.  Those struggling with infertility invariably ask, “Why me?” Therefore it was important to include a chapter on spirituality.  All of these chapters move the reader toward feeling back in control of their life.  And there are even more opportunities to get a grip on the challenge by building self-awareness.  Six typical personality traits are examined: negativity, anger, lowered self-esteem, impatience, insecurity and fear.  This enables readers to identify what they do under duress and mindfully choose how to respond to stress rather than react to it. By looking at what can be gained by navigating through this journey, readers see that opportunities for growth are ever-present.  The words of my interviewees, women who have taken my mind/body classes or worked with me individually and resolved their infertility, expose the benefits of facing adversity head-on; it becomes clear that it is possible to give birth to a new, improved version of yourself.  

Each chapter ends with mind/body exercises which allow the reader to develop confidence in dealing with this and other of life’s challenges.   

How is On Fertile Ground: Healing Infertility different from other books?
It’s normal to want to run from adversity.  On Fertile Ground: Healing Infertility encourages readers to enter the experience and learn how to achieve a higher level of their potential, which provides great satisfaction.  No other book for infertility patients takes this position.  The book is organized to show that it is possible to gain from the pain.  The interviewees, the “real” experts, provide first-hand experiences that offer inspiration.

On Fertile Ground provides another unique approach.  Rather than say things like “… all you have to do is …”, it deals with the fly in the ointment, namely the natural resistance to change.  No other book delves into unconscious processes and brain function and makes them comprehensible and manageable. 

Must one be in medical treatment to benefit from this book?   
No, as a matter of fact, infertility does not discriminate in terms of demographics.  There are those who cannot afford the huge expense attached to in vitro fertilization, the mainstay of medical treatment.  There are others who live far from the state-of-the-art clinics.  And not everyone can afford psychological support services either.  Because this book is a mind/body program, which is clearly written and easy to follow, and because it guides readers through the maze of unconscious resistances, readers can use this book as a kind of “bibliotherapy.”  Of course, if a woman has blocked tubes, or if a man has less than optimum sperm, they would need to find creative ways to get to their goal, perhaps by deciding to travel great distances or by borrowing money from parents for IVF or adoption.  No matter what, On Fertile Ground will reduce stress.    

How does On Fertile Ground reduce stress?
I would say that the most important feature of this book is the way that it keeps the heart in the story.  Assisted Reproductive Technology, affectionately known as ART, may as well be science fiction, given the capability to manipulate microscopic cells outside of the body and then put them back in.  Thank God for it, but it is mind-blowing.  What comes naturally to most becomes medicalized for the approximately 18% of couples of childbearing age who want to start a family.  Longing for a baby is a heart issue; medical intervention reduces people to their body parts but neglects the heart.  On Fertile Ground humanizes the technology. 

Can you give the listeners any buzz-words that hint at how people can change their response to stress?
I talk about “the three A’s” which is short hand for Acceptance, Awareness and Adaptation.  Nothing can change without acceptance of what is.  If we develop compassionate awareness of our behavior and the behavior of others, we set ourselves up to adapt to the reality.  On Fertile Ground shows the reader how to accomplish this.  Each chapter fills in what could be crucial missing pieces so that appropriate adaptations can be made.  The explanations and the exercises at the end of each chapter form a comprehensive approach to the challenge of infertility.

Is there a way to sum up what makes this book so comprehensive?
There is a thread running through the book that can be summed up with the phrases “being you” and “seeing you.”  This means that if you use the guidance of On Fertile Ground to step back, you’re best able to see you or study how you react to the challenges that come at you from all fronts.  And if you use your mind to enter your body, you get to experience being you with an objectivity that allows for enhanced coping and healing.

How would you define healing?
Infertility is a trauma.  Traumas lodge in our limbic brain, particularly the amygdala.  The mind/body techniques that I teach at the end of each chapter, which are rooted in current brain science, allow the individual to escape from the frenzy that accompanies the trauma and it breaks the spasm so that the stress on the body doesn’t continue to escalate uncontrollably.  Said another way, readers can learn to create an “infertility-free zone.”  The limbic brain can be taught to reverse the physiology of stress; we can come out of overdrive and aim back in the direction of neutral.  I call this “diving under the turbulence.”  This is empowering.  It is a skill that will go with the reader for -the rest of their lives.  Healing is not synonymous with a once-and-for-all cure.  However, if it is understood that life on planet earth is about the peaks and valleys of anxiety, and if it is understood that anxiety can be under your control, then in some ways that is as good as it gets.  And, by the way, diving under the turbulence means choosing to use a letting-go technique and using letting go techniques are correlated with rates of pregnancy.  The key word here is “choosing.”  We must have the mental muscle to recognize that if you’re not in a good place, there is something you can do about it. Then you have to do it.

Is there any good news besides the important opportunity to use this adversity to mature into a more evolved version of yourself?
Absolutely! Love is the answer.  Infertility puts inordinate stress on the couple.  Any glitches in their relationship loom large especially because the stress is so relentless.  I have had the pleasure of guiding couples, who love each other but may not have ever before been faced with a challenge this big, to a place of greater intimacy.  Most couples vow to get through this challenge together without realizing how many pot holes they’ll be bounced into.  Even those who are stress-hardy arrive at a place where they feel that this crisis is bigger than they are.  Part of the problem is that it is common for resolution of the problem to drag on for years.  Developing more effective means of communication, respecting and empathizing with each other and keeping a space open for joy are all about keeping the heart open.  On Fertile Ground never loses sight of the heart as the heart of the matter. 

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Ask the book Doctor



Ask the Book Doctor: About Pronouns, Prologues, Prefaces, Forewords, Introductions, History Books, and Publishers that Contact You First 
 
By Bobbie Christmas
 
Q: When is it correct to use “their” instead of constantly using “his and her?”
 
Example 1: Anyone at any age can learn to use their intuition. 
Example 2: Cultural symbols differ for each person because of their backgrounds.
Example 3: She and he need to find their own musical instrument.
 
A: It is correct to use “their” only when it refers to a plural, so one way to avoid overusing “his or her” and other such wordy phrases is to make the noun plural, so the pronoun can be plural. Another way is to recast the sentence. Here are some potential rewrites of the examples you sent:
 
Example 1: Anyone at any age can learn to use intuition. 
Example 2: Because of differing backgrounds, everyone has differing cultural symbols.
Example 3: All musicians need to find their own musical instruments.
 
Q: Explain prologue, preface, foreword, and introduction. What are the differences?
 
A: A prologue precedes a work of fiction (a novel) and gives backstory, setting, or prior events leading up to the main story.
 
A preface or introduction precedes a work of nonfiction. The difference between a preface and an introduction is slight, in that both are written by the author to introduce the book and explain how it came about, but a preface often closes with acknowledgments of those who assisted with the book.
 
A foreword, however, which also precedes a work of nonfiction, is written by someone other than the author of the book. The foreword should precede the preface or introduction.
 
It’s fine to have a foreword and introduction or a foreword and preface, but not a preface and an introduction.
 
Q: How can I make my history book more interesting? Can you comment on interpretive sense for a historical writing?
 
A: History books become interesting when they relate interesting stories and show the interplay between personalities, countries, cultures, and times. Contrast and conflict add interest to writing of any kind. To show that conflict and contrast, the author might personally interpret events, use conflicting historical “facts,” rely on the opinions of others in the same era, or even use the opinions or interpretations of historians today, especially in light of the outcome. Anytime you can resurrect actual dialogue or quotations, that, too, aids readers in understanding and enjoying the content. In other words, writing that shows, rather than tells, engages readers, and writing that tells, rather than shows, lectures to the reader.
 
Q: I’m being bombarded with info from [name of publisher and marketing company deleted]. Are they the true scam that they seem to be? They send e-mails, and if you respond, someone replies to you almost instantly. They claim to have a thousand authors that they’ve published. I would greatly appreciate it if you'd give me your thoughts, even though I know in advance what you’re going to say.
 
A: First, when a publisher contacts you (and especially if it “bombards” you) before you contact it, a big red warning flag should go up, unless you already have a best-selling book on the market. Next, when a publisher also claims to be a marketing firm, a red flag should rise, because no traditional publisher makes such a claim, even if some publishers do help with marketing. Next, when a publisher makes claims regarding the number of authors they’ve published, another red flag should rise. Traditional publishers do not make such claims; they may refer to best-selling authors and titles in their catalog, but they don’t speak in terms of the number of authors they publish.
 
Yet another giant red flag went up for me when I researched the firm and found nothing on the Internet about the company. Any respectable business has a presence on the Internet.
 
Indeed, when any company responds instantly with great eagerness, it has something to sell you, not something to give you, and if a traditional, respectable publisher likes your book, it sends you money in advance of publishing your book; it never asks you for money or sells you any services.
 
You knew all those things, though, because you said you knew what I was going to say, but thank you for letting me say it.
 
Bobbie Christmas, book editor, author of Write In Style (Union Square Publishing), and owner of Zebra Communications, will answer your questions, too. Send them to Bobbie@zebraeditor.com. Read more “Ask the Book Doctor” questions and answers at www.zebraeditor.com
 
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Video: Editing Your Novel - 3 Different Kinds of Editing

The three different kinds of editing and how to use them in your novel. ~From science fiction writer Holly Heisey -http://hollyheisey.com

Follow me on Twitter: http://twitter.com/HollyHeisey


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Site of Interest : Advice to Writers

This weeks site of interest is http://www.advicetowriters.com/

There is more to this site than first meets to eye. I discovered it due to it's quotations (covering a wide range related to writing and books) often showing up on twitter but on closer inspection it has much more to offer.

A huge selection of article and essays on a variety of topics, a great list of useful sites and blogs worth checking out, interviews, information on literary agents, writing for magazines and much more.

Well worth a visit!
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Interview with Doug Hisler

When did you become a writer? 
Before I learned to talk.  I used to write on the wall with crayons.  I also wrote fantasy stories when I was about 20.  Seriously I became a writer in 1996 when I self published my first collection of short stories, many which had won manuscript competitions.  I actually always thought of myself as an artist and now I am a professional wildlife artist.  I actually have two careers, author and artist.  The juggling of the two can be tricky.

What genre do you write and why?
I have to pick one genre?  I would have to say no matter what genre I write in, their is always an emotional story, with nature, love, and a bit of mystery to create conflict. 

Tell us a bit about your latest book? 
Montana Mist is an adventure in the snowy mountains of a lost town in Montana.  Hanlon Starky quit professional hockey to disappear into the forest and study wolves.  He guards a secret past and keeps a beautiful blind girl in a cabin.  Sassy, a hitch hiker finds her way into the small town and into the heart of the man who spends most of his life with the wolves.  She delves into his past to unravel their lives, uncovering his secret past as Hanlon searches the mountains, protecting his wolves from poachers and hoping to find his lost white wolf, Mist.  Watch the trailer here : 



You're also an artist and produce illustrations and cover art for other authors. Does working with others in this way have an effect on your own books?
 YES!  My books are a visual feast of imagery.  When I write I am a movie projector.  I am watching the movie in my head and typing as fast as I can to get it down in words.  My writing is extremely visual and clear with a "voice" that tells you the story as you create the book's world in your imagination.

What projects are you working on at the moment? 
My wildlife art is taking most of my time these past few months, gathering paintings for a book of art.  This summer I will resume writing on my novel about the small tribe of people discovered by National Geographic that inhabited the Komodo Islands in prehistoric times.  I have two finished novels that I will be marketing and shopping to agents in the next year, in fact one agent already has the manuscript for The Midnight Jungle.  The other finished novel is a thriller, The Texas Sugar Pussy Kat Murders.

What has been the highlight of your writing career so far? 
The fact that so many people fell in love with my 2006 novel, that keeps selling 4 years later, The Honey Bee Girl.  Why Hollywood has not optioned it for a movie is still puzzling me.  The novel is so close to heart since it is about 90% a true story. 

Where can people find out more about you and your work?
Doug Hiser on Youtube: features my book trailers, my web site is www.Art-Escape.com,www.Facebook.com  has tons of my art, along with www.ArtBreak.com and www.MyArtspace,com

Anything else you'd like to add? 

I love.  I really just love creating, telling stories, painting pieces of art, drawing, planning art and novels,
I love it so much, 18 books and counting, over 2000 drawings, paintings, and many, many more to come.  Come on film makers of the world take a look at what I have for a new unique story instead of making the same old sequels!  I'm like a special fish that swims in a little hidden pond, secluded by a lost valley surrounded by massive mountains, until one day some one picks up my books or someone stumbles on my art and says, "Aha, we have just discovered a new species." 
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Interview with Elizabeth Diamond

  • Have you always wanted to be a writer?
Yes!  I always knew as a young girl that I wanted to write.  We would be given writing assignments at school and I would put all my time and energy into writing the most adventurous story.  My mom actually kept my writings from those earlier years along with the illustrations.  She recently presented me with those stories when I became a published author. It’s so interesting to look back and see into my imagination at that early age. When I was younger I would dream about writing fiction novels and children’s books.  Never did I think I would be an author in the self-help/spirituality genre.
  • Tell us a bit about your latest book?
What I love most about my latest book 7 Mindsets to Master Self-Awareness is that I never sat down with the intention to write it. It just sort of birthed itself into existence.  Often times when I reflect upon it, I wonder how I ever found the time to write as an active mother of four young children! 
I was inspired to create the 7 Mindsets during a time in my life when I was faced with extreme adversity.  As a certified hypnotherapist, I hold a deep understanding that every single life challenge is actually a blessing in disguise.  In order for a person to successfully overcome obstacles in their life, it is essential that they awaken an inner awareness to their thought processes. This is the key to shifting ones focus off of their problems and onto the outcomes that they desire the most and really want to create in their life. When a person begins practicing conscious observation of their thought processes, they become aware of the self-limiting thoughts and beliefs that are holding them back from enjoying the success in life that they truly deserve.  Making it a practice to actively search out the lesson or blessing present in every situation, one learns to appreciate their life journey and is capable of viewing their reality from a more evolved perspective. When we give our attention to the things that we really want to experience instead of focusing on our problems, miracles begin to unfold.
One of the questions that I sought to answer within the content of this book is how a person can begin the process of feeling better right now even if they have spent a lifetime struggling in adversity or have never before felt the uplifting sensations of love, joy, or personal success. So often we hear from credible experts today that all we have to do is be happy now, to think positive, to visualize what we want in order to attract desired outcomes. This advice works, but it can be frustrating for some people if they have not been taught or brought up in an environment where feelings of joy, love and success abound.  Some people have been struggling in adversity for so long that they do not even know what happiness or unconditional love looks or feels like.  So how can a person be happy now?  How can a person shine their love on a situation if they have never before in their life felt loved?  What if one has forgotten what it feels like to be completely happy and free? If this is the case, than obtaining these states of consciousness can be a challenge.  These are the people that I intend to reach with my book.
It is my intention and purpose in life to show people how to step outside what is familiar by finding the new thoughts and feelings that dissolve their obstacles and support their desired goals and outcomes so that they can begin to reap the full blessing of living a life filled with many experiences of joy and personal fulfillment.
  • Who do you think will benefit from reading your book?
Anyone who is looking to transform, shift, heal, or resolve their life experiences.  Those who want to live a more positive lifestyle, achieve higher states of awareness, and advance in their personal and spiritual development.
  • Your also a speaker and life coach. Do you think this helps the sales of your book?
Yes!  My clients have been encouraging me to place my knowledge and techniques into print for the past few years!  I find that having a book of my own makes it easier to attract new clients and secure more speaking engagements.  I always sell books after a speaking engagement! I believe that when people get to experience you directly through the sound of your voice or in person, they have an opportunity to share in your passion and enthusiasm for your message.  This energy is contagious and others become inspired to taste more of it.
  • What other projects are you working on?
I love to create art!  I developed a revolutionary technique called The Intentional Scrapbooking Method™ that shows people how to intentionally anchor their new thoughts and ideas through an artistic visual process in order to repattern their mind and harness the powerful natural laws to work in their favor. The physical outlet of scrapbooking contains all the creative elements that successfully imprint the subconscious mind of one’s desired goals. This process literally transforms dreams into realities with an accelerated speed!  Right now there appears to be a demand for more instruction on this technique, so I am working on making more video tutorials available.  I am also constantly adding content to our existing member site that offers a wide array of guided meditations, mp3 audios, and direct access to our inspiring weekly group community calls. I would also like to offer more public workshops.
  • As a mother of four, do you have any tips for other mum writers?
In my experience as a writer, I find that I can only write from a place of pure inspiration. As a mother, I have arrived at an understanding that I must be creative and flexible in my search for writing time! One rule that I stay true to is that I ONLY write from a space of feeling good!  So if I find that I am trying to force my writing or that I am struggling to keep the balance with my children, I take a break and give my kids the attention that they deserve.  Oftentimes I find that taking the time to honor my kids and nurture my personal needs brings me back into alignment with a flow of inspiration from which words effortlessly appear before my eyes. Another productive habit that I adhere to and recommend to others is to keep a notebook and pen always within reach so that when an inspiring thought or idea hits, it can be immediately captured into written form before it gets lost.  Then when a pocket of writing time presents itself, that thought can be expanded upon and perfected.
  • Where can people find out more about you and your work?
My website: www.creatingintentions.com
  • Anything else you'd like to add?
The sky is the limit! If you can imagine it, you can achieve it.  When a person is open and willing to explore what is possible in their life, anything can happen.  Wherever you may be at in your life and no matter where it is that you intend to go, you can choose right now in this moment to step into a place of true power by choosing to focus on the things that make you happy!  May all of your intentions be fulfilled!

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