'Reframe Your Thinking Around Depression' and 'Reframe Your Thinking Around PTSD'.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Discovering what is next.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Planting herbs, working in autism support and with private clients, hanging out with my kids, watching movies, going to lunch with my husband, cuddling my cats, and camping.
What is your writing process?
Research, inspiration, research; waking up all hours of night and writing notes in the dark so I don't wake up husband, or getting up to write and waking up husband; writing copious pages of notes, then numbering main points, sketching main points, writing it out one hundred times, then editing one thousand times. Most of all listening to what needs to be said, what needs to be written. Having a relationship with a book like I am its mother, not its owner. It will meander where it needs to meander and it will be shaped by more than me.
How do you approach cover design?
right brain. then left.
Describe your desk
my kitchen table. my bed.
When did you first start writing?
I began writing formally after the birth of my second child. ‘The Theory of Post Natal Depression and Intergalactic Space Travel’ was my response to not being able to find anything to read to help me with PND and my not wanting to go on antidepressants. I tried to find other ways to re-invigorate and understand my brain. And it worked.
What do you read for pleasure?
Janet Evanovich, Stephanie Plum novels. They are silly and funny and the character is allowed to have an uproarious sex life.
Who are your favorite authors?
Lawrence Durrell, Doris Lessing, Janet Evanovich, Lao Tzu, Alan Clements, Dr. Zeuss.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
No. But my favourite childhood book was 'May I Bring a Friend' by Beatrice de Regniers. I loved it for its happiness and quirky joy.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I wrote and illustrated fairy story for a boyfriend when I was twenty. It was called Nathan Cumquat and The Magic Boxer Shorts. It sounds a bit rude when I look at it now!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I get to be a part of something bigger than me, and I get to play with words.
What do your fans mean to you?
I love it when what I thought I had written, works just so for the reader. If they are happy, or soothed, or inspired, or reconnected, then my work was worth it. Its a lovely feeling.
How would you describe your writing?
I like to write stuff that is simple and easy to read, but holds complexity. Most people can handle complexity as long as you don’t try to baffle them with too many long winded words. People in need don’t need a text book and they don’t need an overload of information. What they generally need is something to spark their thought processes and to help them to resonate with what they are feeling. This can be done simply and generously, and I try to do this with my writing.
What do you like to write about?
My writing is always a good mishmash of all sorts of information about the brain, psychology, the body and anything that I find useful in the new age sector and quantum physics. There is so much information coming out now about the brain and consciousness and human evolution, and I pop it all in together, draw some simple, silly, yet efficient pictures to highlight, and make what is often very complex; accessible to ordinary people.
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