I thought it only fitting to put myself through the same series of questions as the authors I’ll be featuring here. So, I’m launching Author Spotlight with my own questionnaire!
My top three values are:
I do the work I do because:
I love helping authors realize their book dreams! I also love the nuance of words, and a beautifully structure sentence. I’m very visual and, similar to an artist or designer, I ‘see’ words and language in my head.
If I could invite any three people to dinner to discuss his/her life journey and career, I’d invite:
- Terry Fox
- Lucille Ball
- Barbra Streisand
It was difficult to settle on three.
The next big challenge for me around my work is:
Being more visible.
If my clients hold on to only one piece of advice from me, I hope it’s:
Do not get seduced by vanity/subsidy publishers! That’s not the same thing as independent publishing.
If I couldn’t do the work I’m doing now, I’d be:
A journalist with National Geographic traveling the world.
I can never get enough of:
Traveling; cuddly, four-legged friends; great music—especially Latin and African; blueberries.
A person in my field I admire greatly is:
While she isn’t exactly in the same field, I admire Danielle LaPorte. I love her writing style and how she digs deep in most everything she writes. And I LOVE the fact that she didn’t let the lack of a college degree stop her from reaching for and attaining her dreams! In fact, I read somewhere that she’s thankful for not going to college.
I also recently discovered Hiro Boga. While her main work is as a business coach, she’s also a brilliant writer. Her style is truly poetic. If I read everything she writes, maybe some of her brilliance will rub off on me!
A famous person I admire is:
Christiane Amanpour. When I was studying journalism, I had a vague desire of becoming an international correspondent and Christiane is the brilliant journalist that inspired this in me.
My favourite question to ask people is:
I love to get people talking about themselves! I’ve always asked lots of questions and have a natural curiosity so I don’t really have a favourite. I used to say I got into journalism as an excuse to be nosy.
If an hour suddenly opened up in my schedule I would:
On a nice day, I would go for a walk. If the weather isn’t cooperating, I would read, meditate or make a pot of soup.
The biggest compliment someone could pay me is:
I’m thrilled with my book! It’s exactly how I envisioned it thanks to you!
My biggest accomplishment so far is:
Launching my business to become a solopreneur.
My top three bucket list items are:
- Return to Africa—maybe Senegal, Botswana, or Namibia.
- Live in the country with acreage.
- Learn to play a musical instrument—maybe the guitar.
I would love my name to be synonymous with:
Someone who stands up for what she believes in.
My favourite work of fiction is:
The Alchemist, by Paolo Coehlo.
My favourite nonfiction book is:
A Return to Love, by Marianne Williamson.