S.L. Phillips

Biography

Name: Samantha Phillips

Age: 29

Star sign: Libra

Who are you? Mother to a rainbow baby, author and blogger

What are your favourite quotes? It is better to be a living dog than a dead king". "Let not the man who puts on his armour boast, but the one who takes it off.

What chore do you absolutely hate doing? Wiping off exploded poo from my son's clothes in a nappy malfunction-Yuck. I know!

When you have 30 minutes of free-time, how do you pass the time? Quickly rush to the toilet then choose ONE chore I can get done before Zubéri wakes up…no such thing as free time in my world.

What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done? Be the rock my sister needed at the birth of her first baby, four weeks after I miscarried mine.

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be? Definitely learn how to play the piano!

What is something you learned in the last week? Children of identical twins are legally first cousins but genetically they are actually half-siblings...

Biggest achievement so far? Writing my first book Accepting Joy Through Loss. I am a miscarriage survivor after enduring nine years of recurrent miscarriages. I have written this book to inspire others who may not yet have had the priceless joy of enjoying those precious moments that every new-born baby brings to a family, because of a loss they have endured, whilst still having to put on a brave face to convince their family and friends that they are strong. This book deals with the several emotions a parent-to-be goes through when they have lost a baby, the acceptance of lost and the perseverance to one day enjoy the gift of new life. I was told for years by top medical professionals that I would never have a baby. 2016, I turned that fact into an opinion that was proven wrong!

What are you currently working on? My next book, which I'm currently working on, will take a more comical look at the things that first-time parents discover for themselves. From assembling a steriliser, to working out the breast pump and dealing with projectile vomiting. I intend to create a manual of self-help about the things they never warned you of.

Outside of work, what do you enjoy doing? When I'm not working or writing, I enjoy strolling through the streets of London when it is lit up at night. I'm an avid cinema goer, love the theatre and enjoy foreign travel whenever I get the opportunity. I'm yet to go to a live concert though...

You can contact S.L. Phillips on Twitter - @Real_SLPhillips or by Email – info@slphillips.co.uk

Smashwords Interview

What are your four favorite books, and why?
I have a few, but to narrow it down to four, I guess I would list them as follows:

1. My all time childhood favourite, The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. I love this book because of it's simplicity in translating that any situation can become beautiful if you persevere. It's a book that has contributed to crafting my mentality in the midst of severe suffering and heartache. I knew that one day, I will become just like that caterpillar who became a butterfly.

2. Sunshine on a Rainy Day by Bryony Fraser. This book is so comical, yet tackles reality within marriages. It strips away the honeymoon period and deals with real issues that married couples may experience. Although I am not married, it is certainly a book I could relate to with regards to breakdowns of relationships. Besides, everyone likes reading about true love right?

3. Pretending to Dance by Diane Chamberlain. For me, this book was just fantastically written. Though it can be quite hard to follow at first as it goes back and forth, I could relate to Molly and her husband who are left with their last glimmer of hope to have a child via adoption. It also explores relationships between father and daughter and how a breakdown in the family home can create such a massive disruption for a child. This book engaged me and helped me to stop pretending to dance.

4. The Secret by Rhonda Byrne. Well this one is simple. This is probably my second favourite book after The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Why? Because it teaches you simple steps to attain what your heart desires. Emotional healing was my biggest desire, and although I am still on a journey, this book really helped me with focusing on what I could have (in this instance, peace of mind and healing). And of course, it goes with out saying that it also helps to streamline your thoughts and make you conscious of the requests you mentally project, which if aligned correctly, will be granted.
When did you first start writing?
I first began writing when I was around 13 years old for my English Literature G.C.S.E's. At that age, I didn't see myself as a writer, in fact up until a year ago, I still didn't see myself as a writer. I began writing properly in January 2017. I promised myself that this year will be the year of transparency and out of that was birthed 'Accessing Joy Through Loss'.
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Books

Accepting Joy Through Loss
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 39,990. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships & Family » Dysfunctional relationships
Accepting Joy Through Loss, a tumultuous story of self-loathing and self-harming that threatened to wreck a young woman's life and send it spiralling into a pit of despair it would never be able to emerge from again. S.L. Phillips opens up about her nine year journey of recurrent miscarriages, self-harming and disastrous relationships.

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