Interview with Lydia Rousseau

What is your writing process?
It is a little like standing in the waves of the ocean. Sometimes there are big waves and sometimes small ones... sometimes none, a lull, if you will. I try not to force the creative process because I wish for everything I write to feel genuine and authentic. Sometimes I use music I have an emotional connection with to get into the flow.
How do you approach cover design?
I obviously did extensive research into the matter and I found for me, less is more. I have a 'feel' in my mind that I wish for the book to communicate to the reader and then try to find the symbology and colors to communicate exactly that. My final book cover is the end results of thorough research, one or two failed designs until I arrived at the place where I felt it is the best it can be. I also gauge other people's reactions by showing them the cover and watching for the reaction in the first few seconds. If they look disinterested or boring - the cover is not interesting and boring.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in South Africa and I think my background brings such a unique flavor to my writing. For one, there are so many different cultures and people squeezed into one country that one has to learn to get along with and and understand everyone. Also, here in South Africa, I live right next door to nature and is such a wonderful reminder of how nature rules and governs herself with regard to survival. All of the uniqueness of my home country has filtered into how I communicate, which metaphors I use and the spirit of the words I choose.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love writing something that echoes true in my own heart. I know then that it will also touch the soul of the reader and improve and change their life as well. Writing something meaningful is like making a mark on the past and the future all at once.
What do your fans mean to you?
Every fan counts because it tells me that my book and experiences are meaningful. I love hearing feedback from every reader and it inspires me to grow more and improve on my work.
What are you working on next?
Let the Horse Teach Volume II is on the table, as well as expanding into public speaking/ motivational speaking and developing a leadership video series involving the book(s). I am also collaborating with experts to develop worksheets at the end of the chapters to make the content uniquely applicable to each reader. Every step of the way is exciting!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Of course I spend as much time as I can with my horses, whom are my greatest passion. From them I draw the strength and determination to overcome my difficulties and create the vision and focus I need to realise my dream of expanding Let the Horse Teach to greater horsizons. I also spend time at work of course, where I verbally share life lessons where applicable. The rest of my time is spent researching, reflecting and collaborating.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I read ebooks with specific answers to specific questions I happen to have. I then review the credentials of the author and reviews of the book before making my final pick.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I remember my father asking me to read 'The Leadership Secrets of Attila the Hun' when I was about 12 years old. It was not the first book I had read but probably the most memorable one. This was the first book that dealt with leadership I had ever read - and at 12 it completely went over my head. But I revisited Attila a few times over when I was older and the book impacted me very deeply to this day, and from there a love for the art of leadership was born.
Published 2017-04-25.
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Books by This Author

Let The Horse Teach
Price: Free! Words: 16,870. Language: English. Published: April 25, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Equestrian, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / General
Let the Horse Teach is one of a kind page turner; taking you on a personal journey through the 22 Ancient Secrets taught by a very unlikely teacher - the horse. A unique horseman with a passion for leadership and self actualisation brings these wonderful mysteries to light for the first time. Let The Horse Teach proves to be a life changing, easily understood and applicable book of truths.