- GUEST WRITER -
Today, I interview an inspiring lady.
Welcome, Georgiana ....
TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF AND YOUR WRITING JOURNEY.
My Beautiful Trauma Georgiana is a fun, bubbly, creative writer living in Wellington surrounded by her supportive Urban Vision community family,
WHEN AND HOW DID YOU BECOME A WRITER?
As a child people would always say to me, “You should write a book”, not thinking that this would actually happen! Becoming a writer was by accident, I wrote an article on resilience, and I got quite a bit of positive feedback, I completed half of a diploma of Creative writing, then decided to focus all of my energy towards writing my autobiography!
WHAT TYPE OF PREPARATION DO YOU DO FOR A MANUSCRIPT? DO YOU PLAN EVERYTHING FIRST OR JUST SHOOT FROM THE HIP?
I got offered an international book deal so I wanted to research a lot about Romania's Abandoned Orphans and about “Living with Chronic Illness” and various other books/articles on trauma and stages of grief. I wanted to read and completely understand all that has been part of my life.
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT BEING A WRITER?
“The creativity and the challenge to make it the best work you’ve done. “Practice makes Perfect”
WHAT IS THE HARDEST THING ABOUT BEING A WRITER?
Peoples judgement that what you do “isn’t a real job!”
WHAT WERE YOU IN A PAST LIFE, BEFORE YOU BECAME A WRITER?
I was a Youth Worker/Social worker which was so stressful! but awesome connecting!
WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST WRITING ACHIEVEMENT?
Finish my first book!
WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON AT THE MOMENT?
Marketing my book, getting the word out there
WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
Love. Affirmation. Thoughts.
WHAT GENRE DO YOU WRITE?
DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS FOR NEW WRITERS?
It’s hard work! but the reward is worth it!
DO YOU SUFFER FROM WRITER’S BLOCK?
DO YOU HAVE A PREFERRED WRITING SCHEDULE?
No, I write whenever I feel inspired
DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE WRITING PLACE?
My bed in my PJ’s!!
WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST JOY IN WRITING?
Letting your creativity go wild and free!
WHO IS YOUR FAVOURITE AUTHOR AND WHY?
(Can I say myself?) Dave Pelzer who wrote “A child called it” His story is of the people who were meant to protect and love him, which was part of mine, he inspired me that despite your upbringing you can choose what you do with those experiences, to inspire others by sharing your story
WHAT’S THE GREATEST COMPLIMENT YOU EVER RECEIVED FROM A READER?
How real and honest my writing style is
WRITERS ARE SOMETIMES INFLUENCED BY THINGS THAT HAPPEN IN THEIR OWN LIVES. ARE YOU?
Yes! my life is crazy and I feel by telling my story it will help others going through similar experiences, by knowing they are not alone and a chance to give them hope that it will be OK and your OK.
OTHER THAN WRITING, WHAT ELSE DO YOU LOVE?
listening to music and walking. Family time!
DID YOU HAVE YOUR BOOK / BOOKS PROFESSIONALLY EDITED BEFORE PUBLICATION?
No, I chose to edit it myself with support from other experienced book Authors
DESCRIBE YOUR PERFECT DAY.
Being surrounded by loved ones!
WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IF YOU HAD THE CHANCE TO SPEAK TO WORLD LEADERS?
That those of us with disability and illness teach the rest of the world,that everyday is a mission doing things that others take for granted.
WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR THE FUTURE?
To keep writing other books based on different aspects of my life, adoption, chronic illness, childhood abuse and speaking gigs!
DID YOU EVER THINK OF QUITTING?
Yes but push through it, it’s worth it!
HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE ‘SUCCESS’ AS A WRITER.
Being proud of what you have written!
HOW MUCH THOUGHT GOES INTO DESIGNING A BOOK COVER?
Alot! I chose the title of my autobiography, My Beautiful Trauma. I had a vision of what it could look like, I decided it was to dull for my personality. My current cover fits more to the title and personality.
WHAT’S YOUR ULTIMATE DREAM?
It was write an autobiography, but achieved that! Now it’s to become a successful author and motivational speaker, do a Ted talk.
WRITING IS ONE THING. WHAT ABOUT MARKETING YOU, YOUR BOOKS AND YOUR BRAND? ANY THOUGHTS?
Yes! I started my promoting setting up the website My Beautiful Trauma, Be active on social media, make posters and business cards promoting your work, use any opportunities to pitch your work.
ARE YOUR BOOKS SELF-PUBLISHED?
Nope, I used a independent publishing company
DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN FIVE WORDS.
Courageous, Colorful, Sunflower, free dreamer, Comedic
WHAT PISSES YOU OFF MOST?
Negative people who dump their shit onto you!
WHAT IS THE TITLE OF THE LAST BOOK YOU READ? GOOD ONE?
My Beautiful Trauma by Daciana (Pen Name)
WHAT WOULD BE THE VERY LAST SENTENCE YOU’D WRITE?
Thank you to those who have love me unconditionally
WHAT WOULD MAKE YOU HAPPIER THAN YOU ARE NOW? CARE TO SHARE?
Not having all of my Chronic Illnesses
ANYTHING YOU’D LIKE TO ADD?
Head to my social media to follow me for updates about my journey as an author
Thanks for having me!
Clancy's comment: Well done, Georgiana. Keep going.