Interview with Sydney Douglas Smith

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Being able to share what I feel especially when I am writing about God. It's almost a burning passion to share what is inside of me.
What are you working on next?
I am a Christian Life Coach and work under the name Bright-Endings and this will be the title of my next work. A self help book complete with tools to help the reader get back on track with goals and move into the sweet spot in life.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The mere fact that I have woken, that I am alive. If I have been blessed with another day I have to use it in the best way I can so I don't like to sleep in. I wake at 6am and usually walk for about 45 minutes.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading and researching, looking at what other people write and feel. I am very active in our church so I help with ministry and running bible studies.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I just hunt, being on a pension I am usually looking for freebies and then I get emails from Amazon and Koorong as well.
What is your writing process?
As I am going about my normal daily routine I get thoughts, flashes of inspiration and then the 1st chance I get I am off to the computer and I file it either in a project or in a waiting folder.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I think that it was Robinson Crusoe and my thinking was along the lines of "I wish I could take people to a place like that and back".
How do you approach cover design?
Not easy, I think I just see a picture or an image and I know what I need.
What do you read for pleasure?
Inspirational Christian books, usually true stories of how people have grown and succeeded in life despite pain and suffering.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I like the tablet, it is a 10" and is connected to the net so I can read and still remain connected to the world outside.
Describe your desk
Despite my thinking that I am a tidy desk person my desk is always cluttered. Don't get me wrong I know where everything is I just have so many things on the go.
I am very much a doer much more than a thinker or feeler so I start whatever is my passion today and then come back to it when my passion makes me see it next. That could be in 6 minutes or 6 weeks but until that happens it sits on my desk.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
This is my favourite question I was born into a "working class" family and spent my childhood learning to "be happy with what you have" My father was the hard working head of a very poor but very loving family.

I was bullied by my peers and by the education system and I came to believe the many negative things that were told me such as; "You are a stupid boy", "You can never learn", "You will never be anything in your life".

In addition I was brought up in an age where Class and religious distinctions and prejudices decided what sort of a person you were destined to become and more or less how you were to live your life. Any signs of ambition were quickly stifled by a lifestyle and social system driven by the upper class.

An inherited work ethic and the ability to care deeply for others (especially the under-dog) are among the life gifts that carried me through-out my early years even though I didn't have a relationship with God then. I found God later in life , and this led me to college where I learned that I wasn't stupid after all, and I could learn new skills, using my gifts and be valuable to God and other people.

I became a Counsellor with Lifeline, and attained many qualifications I thought I could never get.

Yes I have been knocked down in life, quite a few times. Sometimes because of wrong decisions I have made, sometimes when others have hurt me and sometimes just because of life, but through it all there has been a great God who even in the depths of my hurt, fear and sorrow has just reached down, taken my hand and gently lifted me!

My theme song is a re-written version of the tub-thumping song “ I get knocked down, he lifts me up again” and that's what I want my writing to do for others is to lift them up when they are down.
When did you first start writing?
I have always had a great imagination and my compositions in school were my earliest works but the system and life took over and my 1st "real" works were poems when I finally discovered the love of God.
Published 2014-02-11.
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Books by This Author

I Get Knocked Down, But God Gets Me Up Again
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 46,150. Language: English. Published: May 2, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Spiritual inspiration, Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir
In this book, I will share with you some inspirational stories of my own as well as other people’s experiences of resilience and what I call "bouncebackability", some poems, anecdotes, quotes and practical lessons to apply to your life to help you learn to brush yourself off and get back up again.
Bright-Endings
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 17,310. Language: English. Published: September 4, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Motivation & inspiration
No one can go back and make a brand new start, however, anyone can start from now and make a brand-new ending.(Carl Bard) Sounds simple doesn't it? But the truth is in order to start from now and make a brand new ending we need to look back, sometimes with the help of a Life Coach and clarify a number of life issues.
God Love and Me
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 8,510. Language: English. Published: February 9, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Inspirational, Nonfiction » Inspiration » Spiritual inspiration
Inspirational collection of poems which I have written over the last 30 years and tell my story of how I found God and how he has changed my life as well as a few poems and meaningful scriptures which have helped on this journey.