Having lived in a hopeless and depressed state from the ravages of chronic pain for many years I made a conscious decision to turn my life and my suffering around and learned to rise above the adversity that I was facing physically, mentally and emotionally. Over the last 10 years I have trained my mind and my heart to become stronger than my physical pain. I have achieved a life of inner peace and joy through implementing a structured and principled way of living instead of hoping for the best or worst each day. I was inspired by my recovery from suffering to write the book "Walking On Fire The Journey Back From Pain And Suffering" to share the solutions to my pain with people who want a way out of their suffering no matter what that suffering is. The principles that I write about have conquered the adversity that I have faced in life and will continue to do so as long as I am alive. Having grown up in Africa I have included entertaining stories of my experiences in the wild which have influenced my healing from the suffering from pain.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The most attractive thing about being an Indie author is creative expression, I love creating and I believe that self-publishing gives the author the freedom to express himself/herself with minimum restrictions. Being an indie author means being master of your own publishing destiny and that appealed to me from the start.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has the authors interests at heart, there is no doubt about that. Their distributorship is extensive and having published on Smashwords I now feel part of a dynamic and fast growing self-publishing family. I feel a level of trust that I have not experienced elsewhere.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I write straight from the heart, writing has enabled me to extract a peace and joy that I have never experienced. Every time I write I not only learn about myself but I learn about what I have to offer and how I can help other people. There is no experience quite like the harmony of thinking straight from the heart and crafting those thoughts into the written word.
What are you working on next?
I am currently working on my second book "Spirit On Fire How To Achieve Emotional Empowerment" which is the second book in a three part series. In this book I focus on the subject of emotional pain and how I have overcome the trauma I have had to face in my life, as I have been through a lot more than just chronic pain. "Spirit On Fire" is my testimony of how to face the juggernaut of emotional adversity head on and live an incredibly happy life.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Each morning I am inspired by what I am going to Learn and how I am going to grow from the current project I am working on. To be inspired you need to be looking forward to progress every day wether that progress is from the joy of success or the lesson of failure, you need to be constantly working on what you love doing even if it's just a hobby. I am inspired by my children and close friends and am incredibly grateful for all I have been blessed with.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend a lot of my spare time mentoring and coaching people with emotional pain in their lives. Living in Africa I spend as much time in the bush as possible where I connect with the spirit of the wild and feel deeply inspired whenever I return from a trip away. I love reading and tend to focus on inspirational and motivational books of any type. I have a passion for fishing on the Zambezi River and all the wildlife that inhabits this incredible river system.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Smashwords and Amazon Kindle
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Zimbabwe, Africa and as one could imagine growing up in a continent with the freedom of vast open spaces and wildlife my writing is a reflection of the freedom to express myself as I did when growing up in a country of stunning beauty and mystery.
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