I suffered from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, myself, for seven long hard years. Then a homeopathic remedy cured it, in two weeks. I was astounded and amazed and thrilled beyond words - I had tried everything (I thought!)
I then studied to add an advanced degree in homeopathy to my nutrition degree, and practiced for over 20 years. One of my specialties was CFS, and I am deeply grateful that I was able to help approximately 100 sufferers, during those years.
Homeopathy is powerful and deep-acting!
Now that I have retired from practice, I needed to spread the word, and hope my book helps those still struggling with the dreadful scourge that Chronic Fatigue is.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I did not have the patience or tenacity to write to a zillion agents and publishers, and nervously await the mailman or an email! It can take months and months.
And I believe social media and the power of grassroots people all over the world, on the internet, has changed the face of publishing forever!
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It hasn't yet, but I hope it is going to! :-)
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Two things: the thrill of knowing someone else will read my words and benefit from them, so there is a sense of giving back. I am immensely and eternally grateful that homeopathy saved me from the dreaded CFS, and I want to help others.
The second is pure, creative, and meditational: getting lost in the moment of thought, of words, of ideas, of pictures I am creating. And experiencing the flow of the moment of creative expression. It is bliss!
What do your fans mean to you?
With regard to the readers of this first book on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, I suspect many are CFS sufferers. My heart aches for them. And other readers may be homeopaths or other medical practitioners who I pray find useful remedies, ideas, tools to help their patients with the illness. I respect and admire them, having worked in practice myself for many years. It is hard work, but very rewarding!
What are you working on next?
I am writing two novels: one is a middle grade fantasy, that I am writing with my husband, Mark M Carey. The other is a woman's novel about a woman recovering her heart after a divorce, and her funny forays into online dating.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Creativity, beauty, love, connection, laughter.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Gardening, cooking, walking, cuddling my cat, connecting with friends... and all the time laughing!!
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It was about a young girl walking into a church for the first time and the feeling that came over her. It was a beautiful moving image. It was the 4th grade and I remember the teacher telling me then that maybe I'd be a writer when I grew up! Well, here I am, finally, but first I had a singing career in the UK, then years as homeopath and nutritionist. But I knew that the path of writer awaited, in the distance. Now it is here and I am loving it!
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The biggest impact stories for me were 101 Dalmations, in the 3rd grade. And Wrinkle in Time a year or two after that. Great stories, well told! They inspired me to float in my imagination, and say "What if?" all the time. Asking "What if?" is how my ideas arrive.
What do you read for pleasure?
Thrillers, women's fictional books about life, family, etc, like those of Barbara Delinsky. Also non-fiction books in the spiritual or self-help realm with an emphasis on the psychological. I am endlessly fascinated in why people do what they do. Humans are a strange bunch!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Describe your desk
I don't use one! I sit in a leather recliner with laptop, and voice recognition software.
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