Interview with Michelle Newbold

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I love to write, and although I only write non-fiction, I hope my writing helps at least one person in some way.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Without the support of Smashwords, I doubt I would have had the confidence to try self-publishing. Mark Coker writes his guides in down-to-earth language that spells everything out for you. Unlike traditional print publishers, he and his company do not have that 'holier-than-though' attitude that has plagued the publishing industry for the past 100 years.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The research. Finding out all about new things - life is an education. We never stop learning! Anyone who says they know everything must be pretty small-minded.
What are you working on next?
I will work on more books that take my interest. As I write freelance articles for other people, quite often I am given a topic to write about that I don't know much about - if anything sometimes! So when I hit upon an interesting topic that I have a thirst to know more about, it may well lead to another book, who knows!
Who are your favorite authors?
Gosh, there are so many I could name... Terry Pratchett, Stephen King, H.P. Lovecraft, Edgar Allan Poe... the list goes on :)
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My son and my dog! Well, my dog is like a furry alarm clock, so never a chance for a lie-in, and weekends don't mean a thing either! It's light, therefore we should be out roaming the hills...
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Usually researching and testing free home schooling resources for my son. The latest idea is learning how to code - I think it will become a major requirement for our children to be able to code in the future. The digital revolution will change our future, and its already starting to happen in education. Eventually I can see schools moving away from print-centred learning completely.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I mostly browse titles and download free samples to see if I like a book before I decide to buy. There are a lot of free books available on the web, so there is never an excuse to be bored.
What is your writing process?
I have to be quite strict with myself as social media can become too distracting. I allocate at least 2 hours per day to dedicate to writing, either articles for others, or to work on my next ebook. Each session is broken down into 25 minute blocks using the pomodoro time-blocking technique. It's really useful for gaining and maintaining my focus.
How do you approach cover design?
I design my own covers. I use a desk-top publishing package, and can spend hours playing around with ideas until I hit upon something that sticks.
Published 2014-01-14.
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Books by This Author

Paleo, Primal & Gluten-Free Shakes, Juices and Drinks Suited for English foods and tastes
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 15,910. Language: British English. Published: July 4, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » healthy living
Sometimes our busy lifestyles can leave us with little time to prepare a healthy breakfast or lunch on the run. Although it is always better to eat your protein and greens as a rule, when time is pressing it can be simpler and more convenient to drink down your nutrients in a healthy shake or smoothie.
Quick and Easy Puppy Training. Top tips for training your new puppy
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Price: $4.26 USD. Words: 8,930. Language: British English. Published: June 24, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Home and Garden » Antiques & collectibles
You're excited at being able to welcome a new furry friend to the family. The problem is, your new puppy isn't sure of his or her surroundings, and has yet to learn how to behave, or cooperate with the house rules. Becoming your puppy's trainer is an important role that you play in his or her life, and it's critical that you begin early, so that your puppy learns proper behaviour. Lets begin!
Help! My House Is So Cluttered. Six Simple Steps To A Clutter-Free Home
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 15,310. Language: British English. Published: December 6, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Home and Garden » Cleaning & caretaking
Overwhelmed by your clutter? Is your messy house getting you down? Don't know how or where to make a start to calm your chaotic home? You are not alone! Join Diane, Julie and Michelle and see how three average British mums tackled our clutter demons - and how we still keep them at bay. We share our simple 6 steps to a clutter-free home that worked for us, and can work for you too!
Dukan Diet Friendly Recipes Tailored For British Tastes With Foods Commonly Available In UK Shops And Supermarkets
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 7,850. Language: British English. Published: September 12, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » English, Scottish & Welsh
Following this diet has proven successful for countless people over the past decade, however there is a risk of you becoming bored of your restricted food choices.To combat boredom you must arm yourself with a selection of tasty, quick to prepare dishes to help keep you going through each phase of the diet. This book gives you a nice range of simple to prepare, yet very tasty recipes.
How To Save Money On Your Family Food Budget
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,110. Language: English. Published: March 16, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » Methods / General
How do you give your family good quality, healthy meals each day but stick to your budget at the same time? I have to cook on a very tight budget so I have lots of tips inside this book for you about going back to basics, cooking from scratch, using leftovers to make more meals, buying in bulk, and making use of old fashioned preserving techniques to make your food last longer.
How To Stop Toddler Tantrums: Taming The Terrible Two’s
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,820. Language: English. Published: February 26, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Parenting » Childhood development
It’s embarrassing enough to watch a tantrum happen to someone else’s child, but can be excruciatingly so when it is your own toddler who has thrown himself on the floor, kicking and screaming the place down. Use this guide to help help you understand why tantrums happen, how to spot the signs that one is starting, and how to reduce and curb the tendency for tantrums in public and at home.
Take The Stress Out Of Preparing Food For Children – Lots of Ideas For Healthy Foods For Kids
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,130. Language: English. Published: February 16, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » Methods / Quick & Easy
We all know how stressful it can be to prepare food for your children that they will eat, let alone trying to make it healthy enough to ensure they are getting a good balance of nutrients. Sometimes you feel like you cannot win. This report will give you plenty of ideas to beat the boredom or the same old sandwiches, plus healthy snacks, and breakfasts to eat on the go.
The Frugal English Paleo/Caveman Cook: Budget Recipes For Gluten-Free/Paleo Dishes Suited For British Tastes
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 12,350. Language: English. Published: February 10, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » English, Scottish & Welsh
Evolution is a very slow process, and the human body is still engineered to survive on a diet made up of chiefly fats and protein, with only small amounts of naturally occurring carbohydrates, such as our caveman ancestors ate. This book is aimed at people who are looking for Paleo friendly, budget recipes, using ingredients available in the UK, and who don't want to spend hours in the kitchen.
Frugal Family Chicken Recipes
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,460. Language: English. Published: February 2, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » English, Scottish & Welsh
I have written this recipe collection as a result of an experiment I ran while seriously short of money. I vowed that for a period of three months, that I would go back to basics and prepare meals from scratch using basic ingredients, supermarket deals, and any reduced priced items I found along the way that could be worked into our eating plan. I hope you enjoy these frugal but tasty recipes!
Bye Bye Insomnia! What Is Insomnia, It’s Symptoms, Causes, And The Best Treatment For It
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,860. Language: English. Published: February 2, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Sleep & sleep disorders
Many people may suffer from insomnia at some point in their lives. Long-term insomnia can have drastic effects on your health if the problem is not properly addressed. Don’t let insomnia take over your life – use this report to take steps to remedy the problem, and give yourself back peaceful sleep night after night.
Ideas For Free And Low Cost Toddler Play And Activities
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,570. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Parenting » Childhood development
As parents of busy and active toddlers, we need to have lots of ideas to keep our little ones entertained, but not necessarily games that involve buying lots of expensive toys, especially in these days of thrift and frugal living.Use this guide for lots of free and inexpensive games and activities making use of every day household equipment, or cheap second-hand items from local charity shops.
Paleo/Caveman Diet And Gluten Free Recipes Tailored For British Tastes Using Foods Commonly Available In English Stores And Supermarkets
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 15,070. Language: English. Published: January 29, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » English, Scottish & Welsh
If you are interested in following the Paleo or Caveman way of eating, you may already have read into why the human body is designed to function better on a diet as close to that of our hunter gatherer ancestors. If you want to follow a more natural diet, or you already know you are gluten or lactose intolerant, then you will find a nice range of recipes here suited for UK tastes and ingredients.
Top Potty Training Tips and Tricks Written By Parents For Parents
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 15,380. Language: English. Published: January 28, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Parenting » Childhood development
So you find yourself in the throws of trying to potty train your reluctant toddler in preparation for the next step in their life – attending pre-school or day nursery – but you are either struggling to encourage your wilful toddler out of nappies, or this is your first baby, and you have never done this before, and you don’t know where to start. Use this guide to get you on the path to success.