Hola amigos:

Algunos de vosotros sabréis que hace tiempo que llevaba intentando publicar un libro en formato audio, pero he tenido dificultades. A través de Facebook conocí a un actor, escritor  y director, Alan Cooke (Wild Irish Poet http://on.fb.me/151c1Js ) y él se dedica a dar clases de narración y voz y a crear audios, de sus propias obras y de las de otros. Así que le encargué que le pusiera voz a una de las historias de Una vez psiquiatra, ‘Carne de cañón’. Me gustó mucho y como decidí publicar las tres historias en un solo libro me pareció una buena oportunidad para tener la grabación del libro entero. El proceso es complicado, como os podéis imaginar, y llevó tiempo. Y cuando todo estuvo acabado, descubrí que ACX, la compañía que es la mayor distribuidora de audios (y los distribuye a través de Audible y iTunes) no aceptaba audios a menos que fueras residente en los Estados Unidos. Como sabéis yo vivo en Inglaterra (y Alan en Irlanda). Investigué otras opciones de distribución, pero aparte de hacerlo uno mismo y aunque no imposible me pareció mucho tinglado para solo un audio, no parecía haber mucho más. Envié un correo electrónico a ACX que me comentaron que estaban explorando una expansión, y en Abril me enviaron un correo diciéndome que ahora aceptaban audios del Reino Unido, siempre y cuando la cuestión de los impuestos estuviese solucinada (yo después de mucho investigar tengo un ITIN, pero os prometo que os hablaré de esto con más calma en otro momento. Es un pelín complicado). Justo recibí su correo cuando estaba a punto de marcharme a España y no tuve ocasión de hacer nada más, pero cuando volví, descargué el audio en ACX y a esperar. Hacen controles de calidad y eso tarda de 4 a 6 semanas. Luego si les parece que está bien todo (tienen instrucciones sobre el formato, las características de la grabación, etc, que hay que seguir) y tú apruebas el audio, al cabo de un día o dos te envían un mensaje, y ala, listo!

He leído muchos artículos que dicen que los audios son el futuro. No sé. Desde luego hay muchos menos que libros en otros formatos (de momento), aunque parece que aparte de usar los medios que siempre usamos para promocionarnos, no hay demasiadas avenidas muy específicas.

ACX le envía al autor códigos de descarga gratuita (en mi caso en Audible.co.uk, aunque les pedí que me enviaran códigos para .com también y lo hicieron) para que los use como promoción, para sortear, o ofrecer a cambio de reseña, etc.

También tienes la ventaja con Audible que si alguien no tiene una cuenta, te ofrecen el primer audiolibro de prueba gratis (y al autor si alguien escoge tu libro para que sea descarga gratuita te ofrecen un bono de $50. Aún no me ha pasado pero…).

De momento, y aunque hace muy poco que está a la venta, se está vendiendo mejor que en otros formatos. No es decir mucho, pero nunca se sabe. (Por supuesto el coste de hacer un Audiolibro es importante. ACX ofrece la opción de presentar tu proyecto a otros, escoger un narrador, e ir a medias con él o ella en las ganancias. Esta opción obvia el problema de ser o no residente en los Estados Unidos o UK, ya que del proyecto se encarga ACX). Por si os interesa saber más, esta es la página de ACX:

http://www.acx.com/

Y como sé que algunos de vosotros habláis inglés, por si acaso os dejo la información sobre el audio. Estoy planteándome cómo usar los códigos de promoción, así que os mantendré informados, porque sé que algunos de vosotros domináis el inglés.

Escaping Psychiatry (audiobook) by Olga Núñez Miret. Narrated by Alan Cooke

Escaping Psychiatry (audiobook) by Olga Núñez Miret. Narrated by Alan Cooke

‘Escaping Psychiatry’ has it all: intriguing characters, noir style, thrilling pursuits, dangerous situations, crime, serial killers, religion, family secrets, murder, psychological insights, mental illness, trauma, debates about prejudice and morality, heated trials, police investigations, corruption, and mystery. If you enjoy ‘Wire in the Blood’, ‘Cracker’ and ‘Lie to Me’ and you are not scared of going deeper and darker, dare to keep listening.

Narrated by Emmy Award Winner Actor, Writer and Director Alan Cooke (a.k.a. Wild Irish Poet http://on.fb.me/151c1Js) this audio version makes the character live and will hook you from the very beginning.
‘Escaping Psychiatry’ is a collection of three stories with the same protagonist, Mary, a psychiatrist and writer. She is trying to develop her literary career but circumstances and friends conspire to keep dragging her back to psychiatry.
In ‘Cannon Fodder’, Phil, a lawyer who and Mary’s friend asks her to provide a report on one of his clients, a young African-American man called Cain White. Cain is a very religious man and has been accused of inciting a riot at a religious meeting. He says he can hear God’s voice. He insists that God is black and his appears to be a Black Nationalist message. Is Cain insane, deluded, misguided, looking for media-attention, or a Saint? To find an answer to these questions Mary talks to his family and friends. Although she concludes he is sane,Mary’s investigation uncovers some very damaging revelations about his family life, beliefs and local attitudes. Who is a saint and who is a sinner is a matter for debate. The more Mary gets involved in the lives of Cain and those close to him the more she realises how dangerous secrets are. Like time-bombs ready to set off any minute.
‘Teamwork’: Captain Tom McLeod, from the San Francisco Police Department, invites Mary for a meal at home with his wife. When she meets their other guest, a young detective called Justin, she quickly realises there is an agenda well beyond a friendly meal. Justin’s partner, mentor and father figure, Sgt David Leaman, was killed a couple of months earlier during a routine investigation. Justin witnessed the event but he insists in going back to work and refusing any therapy or counselling. Tom and others at the department are concerned about his mental state but have failed to convince him to accept professional help. Both Mary and Justin are reluctant to engage in the ambush/informal consultation organised, but eventually decide to give it a try. At first sight it appears to be a straight forward case of unresolved grief, but things aren’t as clear-cut as they appear and Mary ends up getting too personally involved with the case, to the detriment of her professional objectivity.
In ‘Memory’, Mary runs out of her apartment after a difficult encounter with her friend Phil, and goes missing. When she is found it seems that she was hit in the head, abducted, raped and she is suffering from amnesia. She never recovers memory for the assault and finds it difficult to come to terms with something she cannot recall.  The clues point towards a serial killer who could not finish his job in her case. But some things do not fit in. Who disturbed the killer? Why was she left there? The crime and the investigation surrounding it have a profound impact on Mary who decides that she needs to reconsider her life and start anew.
The epilogue revisits Mary at the point of the trial of her abductor and sees what changes have taken place in her life. Will she finally manage to Escape Psychiatry?
Although these stories are fictional, the author, a forensic psychiatrist, brings her expertise and insight to the material, lifting it above a standard crime caper.

Enlaces:

En ACX:

https://www.acx.com/titleview/A3BFLIDHTMBKVI

En Audible.co.uk:

http://bit.ly/Tn1KUv

En Audible.com

http://bit.ly/TBE1Af

En Amazon:

http://getBook.at/Escapingaudio

Y el video que hice con una muestra del audio:

http://youtu.be/oZyVpOdgqtc

Gracias por leer, y ya sabéis, si os ha interesado dadle al me gusta,  compartid, haced CLIC, y si queréis uno gratis, comentad! 

Hi all:

I know I’ve been talking about the audio for my book Escaping Psychiatry for a long time. That is because although the recording took place last year (go and meet great actor, writer, and director Alan Cooke (Wild Irish Poet) http://on.fb.me/17fv3IL I nearly forgot to add he won an Emmy) the distribution proved a bit complicated, although now that ACX is accepting audios from the UK I finally managed to get it out there and available.

Let me tell  you a bit about it:

Escaping Psychiatry (audiobook) by Olga Núñez Miret. Narrated by Alan Cooke

Escaping Psychiatry (audiobook) by Olga Núñez Miret. Narrated by Alan Cooke

‘Escaping Psychiatry’ has it all: intriguing characters, noir style, thrilling pursuits, dangerous situations, crime, serial killers, religion, family secrets, murder, psychological insights, mental illness, trauma, debates about prejudice and morality, heated trials, police investigations, corruption, and mystery. If you enjoy ‘Wire in the Blood’, ‘Cracker’ and ‘Lie to Me’ and you are not scared of going deeper and darker, dare to keep listening.

Narrated by Emmy Award Winner Actor, Writer and Director Alan Cooke (a.k.a. Wild Irish Poet http://on.fb.me/151c1Js) this audio version makes the character live and will hook you from the very beginning.
‘Escaping Psychiatry’ is a collection of three stories with the same protagonist, Mary, a psychiatrist and writer. She is trying to develop her literary career but circumstances and friends conspire to keep dragging her back to psychiatry.
In ‘Cannon Fodder’, Phil, a lawyer who and Mary’s friend asks her to provide a report on one of his clients, a young African-American man called Cain White. Cain is a very religious man and has been accused of inciting a riot at a religious meeting. He says he can hear God’s voice. He insists that God is black and his appears to be a Black Nationalist message. Is Cain insane, deluded, misguided, looking for media-attention, or a Saint? To find an answer to these questions Mary talks to his family and friends. Although she concludes he is sane,Mary’s investigation uncovers some very damaging revelations about his family life, beliefs and local attitudes. Who is a saint and who is a sinner is a matter for debate. The more Mary gets involved in the lives of Cain and those close to him the more she realises how dangerous secrets are. Like time-bombs ready to set off any minute.
‘Teamwork’: Captain Tom McLeod, from the San Francisco Police Department, invites Mary for a meal at home with his wife. When she meets their other guest, a young detective called Justin, she quickly realises there is an agenda well beyond a friendly meal. Justin’s partner, mentor and father figure, Sgt David Leaman, was killed a couple of months earlier during a routine investigation. Justin witnessed the event but he insists in going back to work and refusing any therapy or counselling. Tom and others at the department are concerned about his mental state but have failed to convince him to accept professional help. Both Mary and Justin are reluctant to engage in the ambush/informal consultation organised, but eventually decide to give it a try. At first sight it appears to be a straight forward case of unresolved grief, but things aren’t as clear-cut as they appear and Mary ends up getting too personally involved with the case, to the detriment of her professional objectivity.
In ‘Memory’, Mary runs out of her apartment after a difficult encounter with her friend Phil, and goes missing. When she is found it seems that she was hit in the head, abducted, raped and she is suffering from amnesia. She never recovers memory for the assault and finds it difficult to come to terms with something she cannot recall.  The clues point towards a serial killer who could not finish his job in her case. But some things do not fit in. Who disturbed the killer? Why was she left there? The crime and the investigation surrounding it have a profound impact on Mary who decides that she needs to reconsider her life and start anew.
The epilogue revisits Mary at the point of the trial of her abductor and sees what changes have taken place in her life. Will she finally manage to Escape Psychiatry?
Although these stories are fictional, the author, a forensic psychiatrist, brings her expertise and insight to the material, lifting it above a standard crime caper.

Oh, you’re asking me where can you get it? I thought you’d never ask!

In ACX:

https://www.acx.com/titleview/A3BFLIDHTMBKVI

In Audible UK:

http://bit.ly/Tn1KUv

 

In Audible.com

http://bit.ly/TBE1Af

In Amazon (everywhere):

Short:

http://bit.ly/1rMoqtz

ACX very kindly offered me a number (not telling you how many) codes that can be used to download a free copy of Escaping Psychiatry. I have codes for Audible. co.uk and Audible.com. At the moment I’m trying to coordinate some joint promotions with other authors who have also published audiobooks but wandered if you had any ideas of what would be the best way to use these codes. Any thoughts?

Ah, and there’s is another option to get it for free. If you’ve never downloaded any audiobooks in Audible, they offer you the first title for free (and what’s more, they’re so happy they offer me a bonus). So…you have no excuse not to listen.

In case you need more convincing, I leave you a video in YouTube showcasing a sample of the book, from the first story, Cannon Fodder. (Sorry. It’s my first attempt at one of these things but the sample is good. The visuals are all my fault, I’m afraid.)

http://youtu.be/oZyVpOdgqtc

Thanks very much for reading, and watching, and listening, and if you’ve liked it, you know, like, comment, share, and CLICK!

Hola amigos:

Como sabéis los viernes os traigo autores invitados y novedades literarias. Aunque conozco a Pat Casalà hace tiempo aún no la había tenido nunca de invitada, y eso que hasta tuve la suerte de conocerla personalmente en Abril. Per ni así. Aprovechando que ha publicado una novela muy recientemente (el 18 de Junio de 2014) que representa un cambio de género me pareció una buena oportunidad de traérosla de visita, o al menos su novela.

Ecos del pasado de Pat Casalà

Ecos del pasado de Pat Casalà

Ecos del pasado

El encuentro fortuito entre Jessie y Noah inicia una relación para la que ninguno de los dos está preparado. Ella ha dedicado su vida a los libros, sin interesarse demasiado en salir ni relacionarse con los demás. Él es un mujeriego, alguien que disfruta de noches de pasión sin ataduras. El destino los unirá para recomponer las piezas del macabro secreto que esconde la madre de Jessie.

Enlaces:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00L4NSF68/

http://www.amazon.es/dp/B00L4NSF68/

Os dejo un par de reseñas:

Una historia fresca
Esta novela me enganchó enseguida y me recordó como me sentí cuando me enamoré por primera vez. Es una historia divertida y sorprendente que te ayuda evadirte del mundo mientras lees el libro. Yo no podía parar de leer, el amor es tan bonito…. Felicidades!!!

Una historia para leer de un tirón

Me ha encantado la novela, necesitaba una historia para cambiar totalmente el chip, fácil de leer y que me permitiera olvidarme del resto de cosas que estaba haciendo y lo he encontrado en esta novela, ya que la historia lo permite, te engancha porque deseas saber cúal es la historia que se oculta en el pasado y a la vez te interesa lo que está sucediendo en el presente. Muchísimas felicidades.

Gracias a todos por leer, a Pat Casalà por su novela, y si os ha gustado, dadle al me gusta, compartid, comentad y haced CLIC!

 

Hi all:

As usual on Friday’s I bring you a guest author or a new book. Today, I have both. Lucie Novak, whom I’ve met in Goodreads and we’ve had quite a few exchanges. She has never been a guest to my blog and this is her first book (brand new, published at the end of June), so you’re truly hearing it here…almost first.

I leave you Lucie’s press release and a picture of her paperback book. Do check her website for new adventures and follow her…everywhere…

Lucie Novak's 'A Woman with (No) Strings Attached'

Lucie Novak’s ‘A Woman with (No) Strings Attached’

 

 

 

A Woman with (No) Strings Attached:

A Memoir

by Lucie Novák

 

PRESS RELEASE

After spending decades putting everyone else around her first, a Czechoslovakian-born doctor discovers her true self with the help of a long distance lover who encourages her to explore her sexuality, break taboos and live life to excess.

 

“Sex without love is liberating, you worry less and have more fun.

Women like ‘no strings’, too.”

 

When it comes to matters in both the home and the bedroom, doctor Lucie Novák only does what her husband, Honza, wants and asks. Born and raised in Communist-era Prague with free-spirited and sexually-liberated parents, Lucie finds herself in a very controlling marriage and, due to her husband’s wishes, immigrating to England. Outwardly confident to the rest of the world, Lucie is troubled on the inside and lacks confidence, purpose and passion.

 

As her marriage to Honza crumbles, Lucie becomes deeply depressed. That is until she reconnects with Tom, an old family friend from America. For three years, Tom and Lucie are lovers, and then their relationship takes an unusual turn. With Tom’s guidance, Lucie begins to explore her sexuality for the first time in her life, becoming adventurous in ways she never thought possible. Tom’s relaxed, cavalier approach to sex inspires Lucie to test the boundaries of her sexual nature and break a few taboos along the way.

 

When Tom helps Lucie build an online profile for an extramarital dating website, they decide “Adrienne”will be Lucie’s alter ego. As Adrienne, Lucie corresponds with hundreds of men and meets some for sexual encounters. Occasionally, it is Tom himself who writes the emails to these men. Before the encounters, Tom advises Lucie on how to handle the rendezvous and, afterward, Lucie enthusiastically emails Tom in great detail about everything that has transpired. Suddenly, Lucie finds herself learning, developing, and having a lot of fun. But although she is enjoying a litany of new lovers, Lucie realizes that she is falling deeper in love with Tom, and is changing under his influence, becoming less concerned with what others think and expect of her. With no strings attached, how will Tom respond?

 

A Woman with (No) Strings Attached is a delicious new memoir addressing the sexual and emotional needs of women after fifty, a time when many are thought to lose their potency, when in fact, for many, they reach a new period of independence and desire. Lucie Novák’s carnal adventures range from the hilarious to the shocking, the poignant to the thought-provoking, but all remind us that with an open heart and an open mind, anything is possible.

 Lucie Novak's book

About the Author: Lucie Novák was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia. Her family relocated to England, where she works as a General Practitioner; for this reason, Novák has chosen to write under a pen name.She is currently working on a sequel. A Woman with (No) String Attached: A Memoir by Lucie Novák (published by Clink Street Publishing, RRP $12.99, e-book RRP $5.99) is available online at retailers including amazon.com and can be ordered from all good bookstores. For more information, please visit www.lucienovak.com.

 

For a review copy or to request an interview, please contact:Diana Rissetto, Marketing and Publicity Executive / diana@authoright.com / 646-664-4272

 

Thanks to Lucie for being a guest, to you all for reading, and you know the drill, if you’ve enjoyed it, share, comment, like and CLICK!

Muchos de vosotros creeréis que estoy hablando metafóricamente y que The Scary Guy tiene que ver con algún proceso espiritual por el que estoy pasando, o es un miedo al que he decidido enfrentarme, no sé, bloqueo de escritura, terapia…Pero no, no estoy hablando metafóricamente. The Scary Guy es una persona real. Le conocí aquí, en Hay-on-Wye. Nos present Anne, copropietaria de Addyman Books, la librería donde estoy trabajando, durante la segunda semana de mi estancia aquí. Nos conocimos en Tomatitos, el famoso bar de Tapas, y después de charlar un rato un poco de todo, Anne me prestó una copia de su libro y él me dio su tarjeta. En cuanto llegué a casa le eché un vistazo a su página web ya que me había intrigado la conversación y el tipo de trabajo del que nos había estado hablando. Me impresionó su habilidad de  llegar a tanta gente y de hacer que su mensaje fuera aceptado por una gran variedad de públicos, desde adolescentes en la escuela hasta personal militar. No es fácil condensar en breve lo que hace (y como veréis él lo hace mucho mejor durante la entrevista) pero si tuviera que intentarlo y daros alguna idea antes de que exploréis vosotros mismos su página de web y otros enlaces (si se os da bien el inglés, aunque sospecho que los videos os darán una buena idea de todas formas), os diría que Scary le habla a la gente sobre cómo enfrentarse al prejuicio, asegurándose de que entienden que la mejor forma de responder a la energía negativa que les dirigen no es añadiendo su propia energía negativa. No se puede luchar contra la energía negativa con más energía negativa. El prejuicio nunca es y nunca debe convertirse en el problema de la víctima. Scary usa su estilo tan personal, su aspecto, sus experiencias personales y su forma tan especial de conectar con la gente para comunicar su mensaje de amor que a primera vista parece incongruente. Scary Guy se dedica a desafiar convenciones y expectaciones, y es un maestro en ello.

The Scary Guy

The Scary Guy

Intercambiamos correos y se ofreció amablemente a prestarme una copia de la película que han hecho sobre él. Vi la película y le dije que me gustaría hablar sobre él en mi blog pero me contentaba con compartir o publicar material que ya tuviera listo. En lugar de eso me ofreció una entrevista. Cuanto más leía del libro y cuanto  más pensaba en la película más segura estaba de que sería una conversación muy interesante, aunque me costó bastante formular preguntas concretas. Con solo una pocas preguntas en el bloc de notas fui a reunirme con Scary (y con Cathryn Woodhall su esposa, socia en los negocios, colaboradora y que se dedica al proyecto en cuerpo y alma como Scary). Scary y Cathryn viven en un cottage encantador justo frente a la hermosa iglesia de St Mary’s (Iglesia de Inglaterra, que hace poco han renovado y está como nueva).

Tengo que reconocer que no tenía un orden concreto en la cabeza y si saltamos de tema en tema es culpa mía y no de Scary.

Le dije a Scary que estaba leyendo el libro 7 Days and 7 Nights. An Official Biography of “The Scary Guy” (7 Días y 7 Noches. Una biografía official de “The Scary Guy”) de Mark David Hatwood. Él observe que no ha escrito ningún libro él mismo ya que la lectura y la escritura nunca han estado entre sus talentos y él aprende de otras formas. Me dijo que Cathryn está preparando varios libros sobre él y lo que hace, porque ella es inteligente (“Smart”). Cuando hablamos en más profundidad sobre el concepto de inteligencia me dijo que él se consideraba “diferente” en lugar de inteligente. Me dijo que a menudo cuando conocía a jóvenes no les gustaba que se les considerara “normales” y no les gustaba esa etiqueta. “Normal” se ha convertido en un concepto que no funciona para una gran parte de la juventud de hoy en día. Scary continuó y dijo que cada persona es única y no es adecuado intentar definir a alguien usando una palabra, sea cual sea, ya que hay muchas variables que contribuyen a definir quiénes somos: nuestro comportamiento, lo que aprendemos, cómo aprendemos, cómo percibimos las cosas. Nuestras mentes son diferentes y nuestros cuerpos también son diferentes.  Él comentó que habrá gente que fumó toda la vida y se mueren de viejos y nunca tienen cáncer, mientras gente más joven a veces se muere con mucha menos exposición a cancerígenos. No depende solo del entorno; también tiene que ver con la genética. Hablamos sobre posibles efectos de la Nicotina en los receptores cerebrales, y como es posible encontrar estudios sobre los efectos nocivos del fumar pero también hay estudios que están investigando la posibilidad de desarrollar medicamentos que actúen sobre los receptores nicotínicos. (Scary me dijo que fuma puros, uno al día como máximo cuando no está de tour ya que lo encuentra relajante y disfruta el ritual que supone. Le recuerda los tiempos de antes, cuando los hombres de unos cincuenta iban al barbero y se contaban historias). Que conste que no animo a nadie a fumar y los efectos nocivos están más que demostrados, pero el porqué afecta diferentes personas de forma distinta sigue sin saberse.

Hablamos sobre tipos de investigaciones y estudios y del hecho de que se pone mucho énfasis en el efecto nocivo de muchas cosas (azúcar, grasas, etc.). Scary me dijo que él sigue los consejos de su madre, ya que ella siempre propuso usar el sentido común, y que lo mejor es no tomar demasiado de una sola cosa todo el tiempo y excluir todo lo demás, que lo mejor es conseguir un equilibrio y no excederse (ya que por supuesto hay riesgos demostrados como diabetes, enfermedades cardíacas…relacionadas con dietas poco saludables), ya que el cuerpo necesita variedad de nutrientes. Me mostró una caja con chocolates y me dijo que llevaba así (llena) varias semanas, y que puede que se tomara dos o tres pero no se los comería todos a la vez.

Le pregunté a Scary si admiraba a alguien y alguien le había inspirado. Me dijo que admiraba a su madre. La describió como una “genio en el armario o un genio a escondidas.” Scary me dijo que no había descubierto lo inteligente que era hasta después de que muriera. Me dijo que siempre le había dado la impresión de que ella era diferente y de que tenían una relación algo desconectada rara cuando él llegó a ser adulto. Su madre era inteligente y humilde, muy reservada y callada. También se adelantó a su era en la forma en que pensaba sobre los alimentos, comportamiento, religión…

Scary me dijo que había descubierto que su madre se interesaba por la Astrología y se había convertido en experta cuando se murió, que nadie lo sabía y que habían encontrado que había creado las cartas astrales de mucha gente. Él descubrió como era su madre en realidad después de su muerte y no la había conocido realmente antes. Su madre nunca decía nada negativo sobre nadie. Él observó que ahora vivía frente a una iglesia (de la Iglesia de Inglaterra, Protestante) y que su madre jamás había hecho un comentario negativo sobre ninguna religión. La madre de Scary nació y creció en la religión Baptista. Su madre les llevó a él y a su hermano (cuando tenían 6 y 5 años más o menos) a la Iglesia Baptista tres of cuatro veces y nunca jamás les volvió a llevar. “Lo dejó.” Cuando él le preguntó muchos años después por qué había dejado de llevarlos ella le respondió que no le había gustado lo que le habían dicho que tenía que hacer con sus hijos. Él no le pidió una explicación entonces pero pensando en ello estaba convencido de que se refería a la forma en que no les animaban a hacer cosas o a responsabilizarse por su comportamiento.

La iglesia de St Mary in Hay-on-Wye, aún en obras de renovación

La iglesia de St Mary in Hay-on-Wye, aún en obras de renovación

Para ilustrar el carácter de su madre Scary me dijo que cuando solían ir algún sitio él solía incitarla para que se burlara de la gente o hiciera algún comentario sobre ellos (si estaban gordos, o tenían un aspecto peculiar…) pero ella siempre le decía: “Para. Para de comportarte como un patán.” Nunca consiguió que su madre se comportara de modo negativo. Por desgracia nunca tuvo la oportunidad de preguntarle a su madre cómo había aprendido a ser así. Scary me dijo que su reto personal era ver si podía conseguir hacer lo mismo, dejar de ser negativo sobre los demás. Su madre murió hace 21 años, el 16 de Marzo de 1993.

Le pregunté a Scary qué fue lo que se le hizo más difícil cuando intentó cambiar su comportamiento. Me dije que le costó dejar de juzgar a la gente. Me comentó que se cruza con ese tipo de comportamiento todo el tiempo. Como ejemplo me dijo que había entrado a  la farmacia en Hay, donde conoce a la gente que trabajar allí bien, y que había dos clientas en el mostrador hablando y cuando lo vieron se echaron a reír. Sarah, una de las farmacéuticas, no se rio,  y dijo, en voz alta: “Yo no fui. Ni ninguno de los que trabajan aquí.”Scary le hizo un comentario a las dos clientes sobre como de los 7 billones de personas en el mundo, al menos 6 billones se reirían de él, y esos 6 billones que se reían serían también los que le contratarían para superar sus problemas. Scary también comentó que en aquel momento probablemente no entendieron lo que quiso decir.

Scary dijo que solía ser muy rápido juzgando y tomando decisiones sobre los demás y que en aquella época se habría considerado como “bueno categorizando y estereotipando”. Solía poner a la gente en casillas y categorías y así estaba convencido de saber cómo manejarlos y en muchas ocasiones se había equivocado. Ahora ya no hace eso y comentó como ese tipo de comportamiento puede confundir las percepciones de la gente y sus interacciones (come ejemplo me dijo que basándose en la información que tenía sobre mí podría haberse hecho ideas preconcebidas).

Scary es un hombre con muchos tatuajes como habréis notado en sus fotos y la historia de cómo empezó a hacerse tatuajes está detalladamente explicada en el libro y la película. Yo le quería preguntar si tenía un plan determinado o un diseño completo antes de empezar con los tatuajes (aunque por lo que había leído yo no lo parecía). Me dijo que le encantaban los tatuajes y esa fue una de las razones por las que había tenido tres tiendas de tatuaje, porque cuando ya no tenía espacio para más tatuajes en su cuerpo decidió que para seguir disfrutándolos tatuaría a otros. Me dijo que no tenía un diseño específico en mente, y que lo solía decidir en el momento, según lo que le pareciera apropiado o le hiciera sentirse bien. Me dijo que debido a sus dificultades con la lectura y la escritura nunca aprendió leyendo muchos libros, y que solía aprender observando y experimentando. Siempre hizo lo que le pareció apropiado en tiempo real en ese momento basado en sus percepciones.

Scary and his LOVE tattoo

Scary and his LOVE tattoo

 

Me puso como ejemplo un tatuaje en su muñeca, un código de barras. Me explicó que hace mucho tiempo, unos 20 o 30 años fue un día al supermercado y mientras hacía cola para pagar vio que la empleada en la caja estaba pasando una lata por encima del cristal de  la caja registradora y al hacerlo la caja hablaba: lata de lentejas, tantos céntimos. Le fascinó y le preguntó a la empleada cómo funcionaba y le explicó que el lector leía el código y así podía acceder a mucha información. Eso le fascinó y diseñó un tatuaje de un código de barras basándose en una lata de sopa Campbell. Pero decidió añadir ‘Marca genérica’ al revés que solo puede leer si lo mira delante de un espejo. Scary me dijo que las posibilidades de un sistema de codificar información como ese le habían fascinado y como se había puesto a pensar en chips que se podrían usar para todo tipo de cosas, incluso en seres humanos. Este tema nos llevó a hablar de control gubernamental, carnés de identidad, etc. Él me dijo que aceptaba que el gobierno, cualquier gobierno, necesitaría tener acceso a ciertos datos y me comentó que debido al tipo de trabajo que hace le tuvo que enviar su información al FBI para que comprobasen que no tiene antecedentes penales. Me dijo que no está a favor de controles de por sí pero es un hecho que los criminales y los psicópatas existen y pueden causar mucho daño a los demás pero las comprobaciones pueden minimizar tal posibilidad. Discutimos brevemente la última controversia sobre Facebook y sus experimentos intentando controlar los estados de ánimo de la gente y sus interacciones y comentó que eso prueba que como dice él la gente más que nada reacciona a su medio ambiente y las influencias.

Como la conversación con Scary fue bastante larga decidimos presentarla en varias partes. Pero para que no os quedéis así y podáis investigar por vuestra cuenta, si os gusta leer en inglés, os dejo enlaces a varias páginas de interés.

La página de Scary:

www.thescaryguy.com

Sigue a  Scary en su Facebook Fan Page

(https://www.facebook.com/thescaryguyfanpage)

La biografía de Scary : 7 Days & 7 Nights

(http://thescaryguy.com/product/7-days-and-7-nights/

Gracias a todos por leer, a Scary y Cathryn por su amabilidad, ayuda y entrevista, y si os ha gustado, ya sabéis, dadle al me gusta, comentad, compartid, y por suspuesto, haced CLIC!

Most of you will probably think I’m talking metaphorically here, and The Scary Guy is some spiritual thing I’m going through, a fear I have that I decided to confront,  I don’t know, writers’ block, therapy…But no, I’m not talking metaphorically. The Scary Guy is a real guy. I met him here in Hay-on-Wye. We were introduced by Anne, co-owner of Addyman Books, in the second week of my stay in Hay-on-Wye (at Tomatitos, the renowned Tapas Bar) and after having a general chat, Anne lent me his book and he gave me his card. As soon as I got home I checked his website as I was intrigued by the conversation and the work he had been telling us about. I was impressed by his ability to touch so many people and to make his message reach such wide variety of public, from school children to army personnel. It’s not easy to summarise briefly what he does (and as you see he puts it much better than me during the interview) but if I had to try and give you some idea before you go and explore his website and all the materials available, I’d say he talks to people about how to deal with prejudice, making sure that they understand that the best way to deal with the negative energy thrown at them is not to add their own negative energy. You cannot fight bad energy with more bad energy. The prejudice never is and should never become the problem of the victim of the prejudice. Scary uses his very personal style, his appearance, his personal experiences and his special way of connecting with people to deliver his message of love that appears incongruous at first sight. Defying conventions and challenging expectations is what the Scary Guy is about, and he’s tremendously successful at it.

The Scary Guy

The Scary Guy

We exchanged e-mails and he kindly offered to lend me a copy of the film made about him. I watched the film and I told him I’d like to talk about him in my blog but I was happy to share or post any materials he already had. He offered to do an interview instead. The more I read of the book and the more I thought about the movie the more I knew this would be an interesting conversation, even though I found it difficult to formulate specific questions. With just a few jotted down I went to meet Scary (and Cathryn Woodhall his wife, business partner, collaborator and as much a part of the project as he is). Scary and Cathryn live in a lovely cottage across a beautiful church (St Mary’s Church of England, recently refurbished and looking as good as new).

I must admit to not having much of an order set in my head and any jumping from item to item is up to me not Scary.

I told Scary I was reading the book written about him 7 Days and 7 Nights. An Official Biography of “The Scary Guy” by Mark David Hatwood. He noted that he has not written any books as reading and writing has never been one of his better skills and he learns in other ways. He told me that Cathryn is working on several books about him and what he does, because she’s “smart”. When we talked about the concept of smart he told me the considered himself rather than smart “different”. He talked about meeting young people and how they did not like to be considered “normal” and they didn’t like to be labelled normal. “Normal” has become a concept that does not work for much of the youth these days. He went on to expand and say that everybody is unique and it is improper to try and define somebody with a single word, as there are many variables that contribute to defining who we are: our behaviour, what we learn, how we learn, how we perceive things. Our minds are different and our bodies are different. He observed that there might be people who smoked all their lives and die of old age never having developed cancer, whilst somebody  else might die  young with fewer (on non) exposure. It is not only environmental; it is also down to one’s genes. We talked about research onto the possible effect of Nicotine in brain receptors, and how it is possible to find research stating the negatives of smoking but there are also studies looking at developing medication to act on Nicotine receptors positively. (Scary told me he smokes cigars only, maybe one a day when he is not on tour and he finds it relaxing and enjoys the ritual of it. It reminds him of the ‘old ways’ of human life, where men in the 50’s would go to the barber shop and share stories). Not that I’m encouraging smoking, I’m a doctor after all, although the comments are correct.

We discussed the nature of some of the current health and food research and how there is plenty of emphasis on the negative impact of a variety of things (sugar, fat, etc.). He told me he feels his Mother’s advice was the best, as she always advocated using common sense, and not have too much of one thing all the time to the exclusion of everything else, that the best is balance and not excess (as of course there are well known risks like diabetes, heart disease…from unhealthy diets), as the body needs variety. He showed me a box with chocolates and he told me it had been like that (full) for several weeks, and he might have two or three but would not eat them to excess.

I asked Scary who he looked up to. He told me his mother. He described her as a “closet genius”. Scary told me he didn’t find out how smart she was until she died. He told me he always felt she was different and they had a somewhat disconnected relationship with her when he was an adult. She was intelligent and humble, very private and quiet. She was also ahead of her time, in the way she thought about food, behaviour, religion…

Scary told me that he only discovered after she died that his mother had been interested in Astrology and had become an expert, that nobody knew and they found that she had done astrological charts on a lot of people. He felt he only discovered how his mother really was after her death and maybe he never really knew her before. His mother would never say anything negative about anybody. He noted that, ironically, he was now living just across a church (Church of England) and recalled how his mother would never make any negative comments about any religion. Scary’s mother was born and bred a Baptist. His mother took him and his brother (they were 6 and 5 years old) to the Baptist Church three or four times and never again. “She quit.” When he asked her years later why she had stopped going and taking them she told him that she did not like what they were telling her to do with her kids. He didn’t ask for an explanation at the time but in reflection he thought she referred to the way they did not encourage them to do things or to take responsibility for their behaviour.

St Mary's Church in Hay-on-Wye, still undergoing renovations

St Mary’s Church in Hay-on-Wye, still undergoing renovations

To illustrate his mother’s character Scary told me that when they would go out he would “egg her on”, encourage her to make fun at people or make comments about them (if they were fat, or looked peculiar…) but she would always tell him: “Stop it. Stop being crass.” He never managed to influence her to behave in such a negative way. He never had a chance to ask how she had come to be like that. Scary told me that his challenge was to see if he could do the same, to stop being negative about people. His mother died March 16th 1993, 21 years ago.

I asked him what he found most difficult when trying to change his behaviour. He told me he found quite difficult to stop judging people. He said he finds that kind of behaviour in others too all the time. As an example he told me he had walked into Hay’s chemist, where he knows the people working there quite well and there were two female customers at the counter talking and when they saw him they laugh out loud. Sarah, from the shop, didn’t laugh and said, quite loudly: “That wasn’t me. And it wasn’t any of the others who work here either.” Scary commented to the two female customers who had laughed, how of the 7 billion people in the world at least 6 billion would laugh at him, and the 6 billion who laugh would also be the ones to end up hiring him to get over their stuff! Scary observed that his comment might be initially lost on them!

Scary said that he used to be always quick to judge and make decisions and at the time he would have thought of himself as “good at categorising and stereotyping.” He would put people in neat boxes so he believed he would know how to deal with them and on many occasions he’d be wrong. Now he does not do that and he observed such behaviour might cloud people’s perception and interaction (putting as an example what he might have thought I’d be like based on the information he had about me).

Scary is a man with many tattoos as you will have noticed in his pictures and the story of how his tattoos came to being is well detailed in the book and movie. I wanted to ask him if there was a particular plan or an overall design he had been working towards at the time of his tattoos (although it did not seem that way, at least at the beginning). He told me he enjoys tattoos and that is one of the reasons why in the past he had 3 tattoo parlours, because he didn’t have space left for more tattoos so to carry on enjoying them he decided to tattoo other people. He told me there was no specific design he had worked towards, and he would decide in the moment, depending on what felt good at the time. He told me that due to his problems with reading and writing he did not learn by reading books, and he would mostly learn by observation in an experiential form. He would do whatever felt appropriate in real time at the moment, based on his perception. He gave me as an example a tattoo in his wrist; a barcode. He told me that a long time ago, as long as 20 or 30 years ago, he went to the supermarket and as he was queuing to pay he noted the woman at the till passing a tin over the glass register panel and as she did the register would speak: tin of bins so many cents. He was fascinated and asked her how it did that and she explained that the reader read the code and it could retrieve lots of information. He was fascinated by that idea and designed his bar code tatoo based on a Campbell Soup Tin, but he added the lettering ‘Generic Brand’ in reverse that he could only read if he looked it up to a mirror.

Scary and his LOVE tattoo

Scary and his LOVE tattoo

Scary talked about how fascinated he had been at the time with the possibilities of such a system of codifying information and how he could see microchips being used for all kinds of things, including on humans. This topic got us talking about government controls, IDs, etc. He told me he accepted that the government, any government, would have to have access to certain data and observed that due to the kind of work he did he had had to send his data to the FBI to check that he had no criminal records. He acknowledged the importance of background checks. He said that he is not pro control for control’s sake but there is also the fact that some people are criminal and psychopaths and can cause plenty of harm to others and so having background checks can at least minimise such instances. We briefly discussed the latest controversy about Facebook and their experiments controlling people’s moods and interactions and he observed that it goes to prove, as he believes, that people are mostly reactive to the environment.

Scary and I were talking for quite a while so we decided we’d bring you the interview in several parts. But, if you want to find out more about him, you don’t need to wait until the next installment here. I leave you links so you can explore by yourselves.

Scary’s Website:

www.thescaryguy.com

Join Scary on his Facebook Fan Page

(https://www.facebook.com/thescaryguyfanpage)

Scary’s Biography: 7 Days & 7 Nights

(http://thescaryguy.com/product/7-days-and-7-nights/)

Thank you very much for reading, thank you to Scary and Cathryn for their kindness, and help, and if you’ve enjoyed it,  you know what to do: like, share, comment, and of course CLICK!

Hola a todos:

Como acostumbro los viernes os traigo a  una autora invitada. Joselin López Escobar es miembro de uno de los grupos de autores que frecuento y la verdad es que aunque me envió su información hace un tiempo, Facebook me la escondió y no la descubrí hasta hace poco. Pero nunca es tarde si la dicha es buena, así que os traigo sin más demora a Joselyn López Escobar!

Biografía:

Mi nombre es Joselin López Escobar. Soy una joven venezolana con nacionalidad española, radicada desde hace una década es las islas afortunada. Mi familia conoce qué es salir de su país para buscar un mejor futuro, mi abuelo fue el primero que lo hizo, por motivos políticos, luego fue una tía y por último mi persona. Estudié en mi tierra natal, Ingeniería de Petróleo y administración y dirección. Felizmente casada. A lo largo de mi vida, he tenido la oportunidad de conocer a personas de diferentes lugares, maneras de pensar y religión. Así como estar cerca, de varios líderes religiosos y políticos. Fui voluntaria de juegos deportivos internacionales, en mi tiempo universitario. Así como estuve involucrada en diferentes actividades de ayuda social. El primer contacto con la escritura fue, recreando pequeñas historias para que mis amigos se entretuvieran, les gustaba y compartían, por motivos personales tuve que dejarlo a un lado y no seguir. Luego lo retomé años después decidiendo recrear una historia donde represente lo que puede suceder y dando un toque de atención a la sociedad que vivimos que ha dejado a un lado muchos valores para vivir en un mundo egoísta y sin importar si perjudica a o no a otros. Como podrán buscar algunos blogueros han reseñado la historia y a la crítica ha sido buena. Me considero como la mayoría de los que han emigrado de sus países, para mejor futuro, ciudadanos del mundo. Gracias por tu tiempo un cordial saludo. Jossy.

Y su novela:

Antarlia de Joselyn López Escobar

Antarlia de Joselin López Escobar

Sinopsis:

Después de que la tierra sufriera grandes terremotos y desplazarse tres continentes quedando así unidos, los países que trataron de mantenerse en pie, se aliaron. Formando una sola unidad llamada Liberty. Está se encargaría de reconstruir todo el planeta y mantener el orden. Años después Liberty decide enviar diez jóvenes para ese territorio que es desconocido. Eligiéndolos al azar y en todo el ámbito mundial, mediante un sorteo. Kathe Panthar, una chica de diecisiete años a punto de terminar el primer ciclo universitario, creía que ya conocía su futuro y es sorprendida al salir seleccionada como voluntaria. Todo comienza a cambiar desde ese momento. El conocer al impactante y carismático compañero de exploración Romeo, hace que sus sentimientos comiencen a confundirse, al no creer que pueda ser realmente el hombre de su vida. Vivirá envuelta en un torbellino de secretos, mentiras, manipulaciones y chantajes. Y deberá aceptar ser una ficha más del plan inicial de Liberty. Sacrificándose por el amor incondicional a su familia y al que comienza a sentir por Romeo.

Book Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxYLU3-oWtM

Podréis encontrar más información de la novela en: http://www.antarliaunnuevomundo.blogspot.com.es/http://jossyloes.wordpress.com/

O en Facebook.

https://www.facebook.com/Joselinloes?ref=hl

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/JossyLo03

De venta en:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GSLH13E

Muchas gracias a Joselin por la visita, gracias a vosotros por leer, y ya sabéis, si os ha interesado, dadle al me gusta, comentad, compartid, y  haced CLIC!

Hi all:

As you know Fridays is guest author day. I met Amanda Green through social media a while back and I’ve read about her writing and her experiences and have been corresponding with her for a while. We have exchanged thoughts on mental health and a variety of other topics and I finally managed to squeeze some time to read her first book ‘My Alien Self‘ recently. I convinced Amanda to come as guest and thought it would be an excellent chance to also share the review of that book. Amanda is also kindly sharing some of her tips on writing.

Here is Amanda:

Amanda Green's logo.

Amanda Green’s logo.

I am Amanda Green, author of six inspiring, self published books.

Outside of writing and social networking (yes I spend far too long each day on the computer!), I spend a lot of time with my pets; a handsome cat called Titus, a pretty hamster called Molly and tropical fish. I strongly believe in pet or animal therapy as being good for our mind, body and soul and I promote the fostering and adopting of animals as opposed to private breeding and purchase, as there are too many surplus animals desperate for homes. I detest animal cruelty.

I love eating out and reviewing restaurants, travel, days out, campaigning for the precious Orang-utan and the issues of unsustainable palm oil production  and seeing my family. I also enjoy reading, theatre, films, TV and cooking and when I can calm my mind down, just relaxing!

I gained 9 GCSE’s at school and have travelled on/off across the world, taking in twenty five Countries – living and working at times in Japan, Thailand and Australia.  I have enjoyed work in the field of Hotels, banking, property management, recruitment and Office management gaining many skills and qualifications along the way.

I run six personal websites for which I write all copy and articles and provide all photography.  I learn as much as I can fit into my life

I have had my writing and photography work published in various magazines and local newspapers.  I enjoy the challenge of getting published and very much enjoy doing my own PR, learnt through my varied working background.

‘My Alien Self: My Journey Back to Me‘ is my self published memoir of my journey through mental illness to recovery. I want to inspire others that it is possible to recover and have a life worth living.

My aspirations are to continue as a full time writer/photographer.  I intend to be successful in fact/fiction storytelling in the mental health/relationship genres.  I have unique ideas, and a very thick skin.  I attended various writer’s retreats and short writing courses to further my writing, and  learnt a great deal from the editor’s/literary consultant’s who worked with me on my memoir project.  I am 40 years old.

The first two of my books, ‘My Alien Self: My Journey Back To Me‘ and the sequel ‘39‘, are both memoirs, the rest are fiction short stories, a novelette and a novella.

My second memoir ’39′ is about what happened afterwards; the year before reaching the prime age of forty, family relationships, love and memories.

Other books – fiction…

‘Behind Those Eyes: A Novella’ (An Amanda Green Novella) – Two homeless men, a successful brother and sister, a woman falling in love, a man with family problems and a whole lot of twists in this ‘sliding doors’ style novella. It’s a story about people and adversity, love, friendship and stigma. Will you work out what they have in common?

 

‘Living the Dream – A Novelette’ (An Amanda Green Novelette) – Essentially a psychologically twisted style story, this book contains some offensive language and is suitable for adults only. It touches on sexual and domestic abuse of women, mental health and features three women, in East London, linked through adversity with twists and turns along the way.
It is a work of fiction, however this type of thing could be happening near you – two very important subjects we should be aware of.’

 

‘What I Know and two more short stories’ (Amanda Green’s Short Stories) – ‘What I know’, ‘The Coach Trip’ and ‘The Best of Friends’ make up this trio of short stories about relationships. Read how each character chooses a different path…

The Woman Who Lives Next Door – A Short Story’ (Amanda Green’s Short Stories) -How well do you really know your next door neighbour? Mary is yet to find out…

All available on Amazon.

Amazon U.S. author page:

http://www.amazon.com/Amanda-Green/e/B0087O89QS/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1402312334&sr=8-1

 

Amazon U.K. author page

:http://www.amazon.co.uk/Amanda-Green/e/B0087O89QS/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

Mental health

I have just finished Counselling skills level 2 at college and am waiting to hear if I will be accepted on the level 4 course. I would love to be able to help others facing issues and adversities, so fingers crossed!

I want to inspire others that it is possible to recover and have a life worth living. Because I grew up with my mother having severe Schizophrenia, who had been incarcerated in psychiatric hospitals for years, and felt the bullying and loneliness that stigma can spread, I campaign to ‘stop the stigma surrounding mental illness. I also felt the wrath of stigma when I was diagnosed with Borderline Personality disorder. Many people do not understand mental illness, so judge people unfairly. So I created www.amandagreenauthor.co.uk where I publish articles on the topics covered in my story, including self help, depression, bankruptcy, Alcohol/drug abuse, family and relationships, sexual, physical and mental abuse, anxiety, anger, Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), self harm, Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), Anorexia Nervosa/Bulimia, mindfulness, panic, rape, Schizophrenia, psychosis, Suicidal thoughts, , paranoia, dissociation, mood disorder, thyroid issues and psychology.

I love photography, writing and looking after my many websites, and have had my work published in magazines. I enjoy the challenge of getting published and very much enjoy doing my own PR, which is why I chose to self publish to kindle in this first instance.

I will be working with mental health charities, magazines, newspapers, social networking and other PR projects, actively making people aware of this disorder through every means possible through the media. But also, I hope that my books will help other sufferers and their families and friends to understand BPD and mental health and how to help oneself to feel better. I want to raise awareness to the general public about mental illness and the stigma sufferers have to deal with.

I hope that Doctors and the medical industry involved with mental health will benefit from reading my stories, as they unfold what it is like to suffer from debilitating mental illness from the inside out and how it manifests itself.

But I have also written my memoirs in a style that I hope will be compelling and sometimes shocking reads for anyone interested in memoirs with a twist, so that I can reach more people.

I really hope to encourage more celebrities to come out about BPD or other mental illnesses.

I am going to continue writing through fact and fiction storytelling, on the genre of Mental Health and life adversities – facing and combating adversity as the main point.

 

Amanda Green

Amanda Green's 'My Alien Self'

Amanda Green’s ‘My Alien Self’

Author of ‘My alien self – my journey back to me’ and the sequel ’39′

Blog - www.amandagreenauthor.co.uk

Here I leave you my review of My Alien Self:

My Alien Self by Amanda Green. Memoirs, mental disorder and finding your path to recovery

I am a psychiatrist and as such I do have a professional (as well as a personal) interest in personal/first-hand accounts of mental illness (or disorder) and not only professional or text-book descriptions. Of course over the years I have heard many patients/clients/service-users (choose whichever you prefer, I won’t enter the heated debates on which is the best term to use) talking about their experiences, but those have been mostly in response to specific questions, rather than their own preferred expressions or commentaries, and mostly at times of crisis.

I have also read a number of more literary versions of mental illness (sometimes recommended by people I was working with, including patients, like Silvia Plath’s ‘The Bell Jar’, others I’ve discovered myself when reading some of my favourite writers: F. Scott Fitzgerald’s ‘The Crack-Up’ or Virginia Woolf’s ‘Mrs Dalloway’). They are great works by fantastic writers and well-worth a read, even if the subject of mental health is not close to your heart.

What Ms. Green’s book provides is not only an account of a mental disorder sufferer (despite the diagnostic difficulties that as she observes plague the field), but a memoir of her life, her quest for finding her true self and the process of her re-discovery. And her life is far from boring. Travelling far and wide (across the UK, Spain, Japan, Australia, Borneo…), with interests as varied as the creation and management of websites, property development, Orangutan, the entertainment industry…dabbling in drugs and alcohol, complicated family relationships and a difficult love life, Ms. Green’s account is gripping stuff in its own right. And her writing expresses well the ups and downs and the subjective nature of the narration.

Having worked as a psychiatrist in the NHS (National Health Service in the UK, the same one the author seeks help from) I can see things from a professional perspective (and although the system tries hard to avoid the ‘us and them’ dichotomy it’s not easy). I fully understand why she might not have received more intense help before. Mental Health Services struggle to provide support and care for people who cannot cope even on a basic level and who present an immediate and major risk to self (people repeatedly attempting suicide, severe self-harm or severely neglecting themselves) or others (threatening to harm others or doing so) for lengthy periods of time. It is less than an ideal situation; the services are stretched to the limit and mostly dealing with crises, but that is a true reflection of affairs. There is hope that service-user led movements and the voluntary sector will help to fill in the gaps, but prioritising is difficult.

The nature and characteristics of Borderline Personality Disorder with its difficulties in trusting people, impulsivity and inconsistent engagement (well reflected in ‘My Alien Self’) cause problems of its own not easily managed by the psychiatric services as they are currently set.

The author of ‘My Alien Self’ has managed to find herself, to create her own combination of therapies (learned over the years, including mindfulness, CBT, CAT, yoga, medication…) and more importantly she has had the courage to go through her life, collecting and reliving her experiences and having a hard look at her past, the most difficult part of any therapy.

‘My Alien Self’ is a book difficult to read for anybody with mental health issues and also for professionals, but precisely because of that it’s a book that needs to be read. I salute Ms. Green for her guts and congratulate her for her achievements. And I agree with her. It is a battle that has to be fought every day, but I’m sure she’ll win the war.

Buy ‘My Alien Self’ on Amazon www.viewBook.at/MyAlienSelf

 

Amanda Green's 39

Amanda Green’s 39

Buy ’39′ on Amazon www.viewBook.at/39

Twitter - @AmandaGreenUK

Facebook – AmandaGreenAuthor

Goodreads -

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15840188-my-alien-self

Facebook book page -

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Amanda-Green-My-Alien-Self-my-journey-back-to-me/268350159908283?fref=ts

Tips for self publishing memoirs:

http://amandagreenauthor.co.uk/tips-for-self-publishing-ebooks-and-writing-memoirs-from-my-experiences/

 

My top 10 writing tips:

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Hola a todos:

Una gran escritora y bloguera, Jo Robinson, me invitó a un blog hop (como una cadena) que se llama ‘Conoce a mis personajes’. Yo no suelo participar en estas cosas porque siento que pones a alguien en un compromiso y mucha gente no tiene demasiado tiempo para dedicarle al blog, pero por si acaso os parece una buena idea responder a las preguntas para hablar de vuestros personajes, las comparto y os cuento algo sobre el libro que estoy preparando.

Cupcake flower

Cupcake flower

1. ¿Cuál es el nombre de tu personaje? ¿Es él / ella de ficción o un personaje histórico?

Me he decidido a hablar de la novela en la que estoy trabajando ahora (la versión inglesa está acabada y la estoy corriegiendo, así que … ¡deseadme suerte!). El título de momento (que probablemente será definitivo) es ‘I Love Your Cupcakes’ (Me encantan tus cupcakes). Hay dos personajes principales (bueno, tres, aunque dos aparecen un poco más que el tercero), Dulce y Adelfa. Se trata de dos amigas de la infancia y son ficticios. El tercero se llama Sebastián, aunque prefiere que le llamen Storm y es medio-hermano de Adelfa.

2. ¿Cuándo y dónde se desarrolla la historia?

La historia se sitúa en la actual EE.UU., aunque no en una ciudad específica sino en algún lugar de mi imaginación. Espero que exista algún sitio similar y me encantaría visitar e incluso vivir allí.

3. ¿Qué debemos saber sobre él / ella?

Dulce tiene unos treinta años. Su madre era española y se murió cuando Dulce era muy joven. Tenía muchos amigos y era una gran cocinera. Su padre, un ingeniero, se volvió a casar con la madre de su mejor amiga, Adelfa, que es el otro personaje principal en el libro. Adelfa estudió Química, como su madre, y da clases en la universidad.

4. ¿Cuál es el conflicto principal? ¿Qué le complica la vida?

Dulce ha probado a hacer muchas cosas en la vida, pero no ha logrado encontrar su verdadera vocación. Animada por Adelfa decide tratar de montar su propio negocio, y con Adelfa y su medio hermano de Adelfa, Storm, montan una pastelería muy especial. La historia transcurre en dos períodos de tiempo, uno que cubre la creación de la tienda, y el otro, unos años más tarde, cuando el equipo está participando en un concurso de cocina de la tele.

5. ¿Cuál es el objetivo personal del personaje?

Dulce quiere demostrar que se le puede dar bien algo y que tiene talento. Adelfa es muy buena en su trabajo, pero no consigue que sus relaciones amorosas le funcionen. Ella quiere llegar a tener tanto éxito en su vida personal como en su vida profesional.

6. ¿Tienes algún título para esta novela, y podemos leer más sobre ella?

‘I Love Your Cupcakes’ (Me encantan tus cupcakes). En un momento de la novela un personaje masculino, Rock,  le dice a Dulce “Me encantan tus ojos” y ella comenta que eso representa un cambio con respecto a   ‘Me encantan tus pasteles o tus cupcakes “que es lo que le dicen los hombres casi siempre. Suelo actualizar mi página web y todas mis conexiones con las redes, y definitivamente iré publicando  avances en mi blog.

http / / www.OlgaNM.com

7. ¿Cuándo podemos esperar que sea publicado el libro?

Estoy corrigiendo y editando la versión inglesa. Luego lo traduciré así que probablemente en otoño si no hay contratiempos. Creo que podrías ser un buen regalo de Navidad.

Gracias a todos por leer, ya sabéis que podéis darle al me gusta, comentar, compartir y hacer CLIC si os apetece, y a los escritores que estéis preparando nueva obra, si queréis llevaros las preguntas y seguir rodando con el blog, consideraros invitados.

Seaside N. 1 Fire Station (MA)

Seaside N. 1 Fire Station (MA)

Sí, he puesto una foto de un parque de bomberos deliberadamente. Y sí, tiene relación con el libro. Y ahora, a esperar y a leérselo!

Por cierto, una de  mis seguidoras (amiga, escritora, y con un gran blog, Teagan Geneviene) me recordó mis tableros de Pinterest. Tengo dos relacionados con este libro, así que pensé que igual os interesaba visitarlos.

En uno tengo pins de cupcakes, pasteles, y cosas dulces en general:

http://www.pinterest.com/olganm7/food-ideas-for-pos-book/

En el otro, parques de bomberos y cosas relacionadas…(y no, no os digo por qué, aunque igual lo adivináis).

http://www.pinterest.com/olganm7/fire-stations-settings/

Yo sigo añadiendo pins cuando tengo la ocasión y si encontráis alguno, ya me diréis!

Hi all:

Author Jo Robinson

Author Jo Robinson

As you might or might not have noticed, I stopped participating in blogging awards or blog hops that involved nominating other people as I always preferred to make sure the person would have time to do it or it fitted in with their schedule (I tend to prepare and schedule my posts in advance and I know others do too), and found it very time consuming. When wonderful Jo Robinson author of The Ghost Writer Chronicles, a writer and blogger I admire and follow, who produces great content, finds true jewels (I always look forward to her funny posts early in the week) very generous sharing and reblogging other authors, tagged me onto the Meet My Main Characters blog hop unexpectedly, I found myself in a quandary. On the one hand, I’m aware there were at least a couple of other writer friends who had asked if I would take part (I think it was this blog hop although there is also the writing process one doing the rounds, so I’m not so sure), and I told them I didn’t take part in these things any longer. I also realised most of the authors I know have already taken part in it. I did ask one person who said no. On the other hand I thought I should at least thank Jo…And it might be as good a chance as any other to tell you a bit about the book I’m working on (I’ve completed the draft and I’m editing it. As I’ll also publish it in Spanish there’s some time to go yet). And although I won’t nominate anybody, if somebody who hasn’t taken part yet and reads this post wants to do it, please be my guests!

Lesser Being, Emmeline (draft cover) by Jo Robinson

Lesser Being, Emmeline (draft cover) by Jo Robinson

And without further ado, here are the questions.

1. What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person?

I’ve decided to talk about the novel in progress I’m working on now. My working title (that it’s likely to be the final one) is ‘I Love Your Cupcakes’. There are two main characters (well, three, although two appear a bit more than the third one), Dulce and Adelfa. They are two childhood friends and they’re fictional. The third one, Sebastian, who prefers to be called Storm, is half-brother of Adelfa. But that’s a whole story in its own right and you’ll have to read the book to know about it.

2. When and where is the story set?

The story is set in modern day US, although the place is somewhere in my imagination. I hope a similar place exists and I’d love to visit and even live there.

3. What should we know about him/her?

Dulce is in her early thirties. Her mother was Spanish and she lost her when she was quite young. She had many friends and was a great cook. Her father, an engineer, married the mother of her best friend, Adelfa, who is the other main character in the book. Adelfa studied Chemistry, like her mother, and she teaches at university. Storm is an artist.

4. What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?

Dulce has tried many things in life but hasn’t managed to find her true calling. Encouraged by Adelfa she decides to try and go into business, and with Adelfa and Adelfa’s half-brother, Storm they set up a pretty special cake shop. The story takes place in two periods of time, one covering the setting up of the shop, and one, a few years later, when the team have been entered into a TV baking competition.

5. What is the personal goal of the character?

Dulce wants to prove that she can be good at something and has a talent. Adelfa is very good at her job but doesn’t seem to manage to make any of her relationships last. She wants to become as successful in her personal life as she is in her professional life.

Cupcake flower

Cupcake flower

6. Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?

I Love Your Cupcakes. At some point in the novel a character tells Dulce ‘I love your eyes’ and she observes that it makes a change from ‘I love your cakes or your cupcakes’ that is what she hears most of the time. I tend to update my website and my social media sites with news, and I’ll definitely be posting in my blog with updates.

http//www.OlgaNM.com

7. When can we expect the book to be published?

I’m in the process of correcting and editing it. I always publish my books both in Spanish and English so there’s the process of translation yet to come but I hope sometime in the Autumn…I think it would make a nice Christmas present.

As I mentioned I’m not going to be tagging anybody, but if anyone wants to tell us something about their characters, please, I’d love to hear, and don’t worry about tagging me back!

Thanks for reading and if you’ve enjoyed it please, share, comment, like and of course, take part if you want! And CLICK!

Seaside N. 1 Fire Station (MA)

Seaside N. 1 Fire Station (MA)

And yes, there is a reason why I post a picture of a fire-station. And it has to do with the book…Now, you’ll have to wait and read it!

By the way, Teagan Geneviene (thanks Teagan!) just reminded me of my Pinterest boards. I have two that are related to the book. One has cupcakes, sweets and treats, and I can’t help adding more to it, so you might want to check it (but not if you’re hungry!):

http://www.pinterest.com/olganm7/food-ideas-for-pos-book/

And the other one has fire-stations and related things (no, I’m not telling you why…but you might work it out):

http://www.pinterest.com/olganm7/fire-stations-settings/

If you find relevant pins, let me know! I keep adding on to my collection! Thanks!

 

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