Interview with Louisa Hamilton

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I live on Salisbury Plain which is miles and miles of ancient land, acres of wild meadows, trees and ancient hill forts. I'll walk for hours with the dogs thinking and watching the abundance of wildlife. It is also a military training ground so we often get entertained by tanks and landing helicopters, there is so much going on and yet so incredibly peaceful.
I work with clients on the methods I've explained in my book, I just love getting quick results. It's wonderful to watch as someone who has been suffering with anxiety for so long to just release it there and then, it's so fulfilling.
I also do quite a lot of work for Oxfam.
What is your writing process?
Writing about depression and anxiety was actually quite easy as I've lived in it for most of my life. I just sat and asked myself how I felt, pulled up plenty of memories. After all the years in searching for a cure for depression and realising that most things will only work for a day or two, it was absolutely amazing to sit and just let the real workable answers flow.
It took me about seven months of sitting and writing and then plenty of revising and whittling it all down to something easy to read.
I loved the whole process!
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes, The Phantom Of The Opera was one of the first books I read. I got it out of our little school library and devoured it again and again, then I got it out again. What an amazing world I had discovered, a world where one could get totally lost in, to me it was real. How it moved me, drew me into this world of sadness, love and tragedy. I can still recall the feelings so well.
How do you approach cover design?
I wanted something strong, vibrant and happy, what better than a strong, tall sunshine face of a single sunflower against the bright blue of a clear sky.
In the world of flower essences sunflower is taken for bringing out your unique individuality, becoming a sun radiant personality and helps tremendously with self-effacement and low self-esteem.
How perfect!
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Blackberry Wine by Joanne Harris. This book evokes deep feelings of magic, richness, it's sensual and almost edible.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. A fantastic story packed with wisdom.
My Family And Other Animals by Gerald Durrel. Just makes me laugh out loud every time I read it.
Touching Earth by Rani Manicka. Gripped me tightly to the end, beautiful, exquisite, sad and spellbinding.
Picking Up The Pieces By Paul Britton. A true book by a forensic psychologist, I love reading about how people's minds work.
And any crime book going and some true historical books.
What do you read for pleasure?
Crime, usually any one I can get my hands on and occasionally I'll read some factual historical novel. I always have a book on the go and a few ready and lined up. I feel totally desolate if I don't have a good book to read.
Describe your desk
Computer, telephone, desk lamp, lit candles, essential oils and many books across the window sill. Heaven!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
My childhood was very insecure, my father suffered with bipolar and his way of dealing with his illness was to keep running from it. We travelled the world never staying in one place longer than a year to 18 months, most of our childhood was spent moving around Australia, Canada and England with many interesting countries in between. A very colourful childhood, I see it like a kaleidoscope, bright, pretty colours but constantly changing. All my life I have disappeared into a different world, a world where everything was safe, secure and happy. My father was a hypnotherapist, I devoured all his books and have always believed that our lives are made up of pure energy. Very difficult when you are a depressive believing you have a dark, heavy energy all around you. But I do think I was so incredibly lucky to have seen so much of the world at such a young age.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I truly and genuinely want to help people who suffer with depression and anxiety. It's a crippling illness, it's horrid. Because it can't be seen physically like a broken leg it is so difficult for anyone who hasn't suffered to understand what the depressed person is going through. I have been in the healing profession as well as the business world for years and when I found an answer, something that actually worked (for over two years I've been free now) I really wanted to let as many people as I could know that there is a way out of depression. There is another life, one that isn't hard, you don't have to struggle; you can feel light, happy and free.
Published 2013-09-20.
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Books by This Author

How I Beat Depression Quickly And Completely
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 20,370. Language: English. Published: September 21, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Depression, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Emotional healing
This little book is a culmination of many years searching for a cure for depression. I was just about to give up when I accidentally came across an amazing technique which is so simple and so easy that anyone can do it. And it really works! This guide is written out just as I would have liked, short simple paragraphs, easy tips and methods that actually work. Let depression go and love life!