I was interviewed this morning by the delightful Adrienne Barker about my books and writing. Interviewers, note! If you want your guest to shine, you must shine! Adrienne is a wonderful example of this. She is so enthusiastic that you just feel like smiling!
Adrienne’s background is in marketing and product promotion, but she just decided to start up a radio show/podcast ‘because’! This link to listen to our conversation!
When Blair Beattie was a child his favourite pastime was playing in the local nature reserve. As an adult, he followed his heart in and out of restaurants, photography, travel and fashion, until he found himself creating medicinal and market gardens, and learning from mentors like soil and compost guru, Paul Taylor. And then he came across Farmer’s Footprint, an organisation dedicated to restoring regenerative farming practices, and he became so inspired that he decided to join their team.
Blair is one of the most relaxed, confident, optimistic and warm-hearted people I have met! We were both rolling our eyes over some of the craziness this past year has produced but his sense of humour prevailed. If you’ve been finding the year stressful, you’ll enjoy just basking in his energy during the 30 minutes or so of our conversation.
I wanted to interview Blair because I’ve decided to donate 20% of the profits of my latest novel, Power of the Light, to Farmer’s Footprint. Farmer’s Footprint was created by Dr Zach Bush, who felt that he could make greater inroads into his patients’ health by helping to eliminate pesticides such as glyphosate (Roundup) from our soils and encouraging a return to healthy farming practices. Click here to watch and please share if so inspired!
From childhood Jasna Kasovac had recurring back aches and eye infections to the point of losing her sight for periods of time. Finally a practitioner identified the cause: the auto-immune disease spondylitis. The solution offered was a lifetime on medication. Jasna decided not to travel that path.
How would you respond if you’d lived a healthy, active life and were then suddenly given a terminal breast cancer diagnosis?
Janette Murray-Wakelin was told she had six months to live. While she wasn’t drawn to any of the ‘cut, burn or poison’ options, she agreed to surgery because of the pressure exerted on her. Not only was this surgery scheduled to fit in with the surgeon’s golfing calendar (such a cliché!), but it created complications of its own. (Look up ‘iatrogenic disease’.)
Having been vegetarian for years, Janette became a raw vegan, and today mostly eats fruit. She has been cancer-free for 20 years. In 2016 she and her husband
"In 1965 4% of our population had a chronic disease. Today 46% of our children have a chronic disease.” – Zach Bush MD
I finished writing Power of the Light in 2014 and it sat in my filing cabinet until now, when the perfect storm hit: illness, fear, government control, etc. This new book tackles all of those issues, so I decided to launch in the midst of the coronavirus.
As I went down the rabbit hole on many aspects of what is behind today’s virus and lockdown, I discovered Zach Bush MD. (Bio below.)
If you haven’t yet heard this doctor speak, or, better still, watched him on video, I highly recommend that you do. Dr Bush is possibly the most humble and thoughtful and inspiring doctor I have ever encountered. Each interview I have watched touches me at a deep level. Here are a few snippets:
People around the world were captivated by James Cameron’s film Avatar, and his depiction of the Na’vi, a blue-skinned race living in a lush alien world.
But did this advanced people demonstrate a fall in consciousness?
Could they have responded differently to the American invasion of their planet?
And what’s the relevance of Avatar to today’s situation?
The story in a nutshell:
When his father is diagnosed with cancer, Nathan escapes the stress at home by dreaming his way into a fantasy dimension. But even there, trouble is brewing as evil ‘Reactors’ take over the world. He joins a band of rebels led by a carefree woman called Rada, and as he struggles to understand her cryptic leadership style, he begins to realise that the messages he is hearing could help his sick father… and himself.
Power of the Light is an allegorical story that sheds light on the ancient
If I handed you a $100 bill, would you...
- buy something that makes you feel good?
- save it?
- pay a bill?
- give it away?
Your answer reveals something of your money personality, your values, and your childhood programming.
It’s important to value ourselves, so (a) can be a worthy option, especially if we rarely treat ourselves. But if we can’t hold onto money, if
A long long time ago (2006)
I self-published a novel called The Mastery Club – See the Invisible, Hear the Silent, Do the Impossible.
In 2007 it won an award for youth fiction
and I began giving talks and running workshops.
I received many many beautiful emails and messages of appreciation.
Within a couple of years I’d sold 5000 books,
putting it in the ‘Australian bestseller’ category.
In 2009 I was having coffee with an enthusiastic reader when she innocently asked me,
‘Is there anything I can do to help?’
‘Well, if you happen to know a film producer, that would be great!’ I joked.
Enter: The Universe.
I’d actually first asked Jacob to create a new cover for The Mastery Club,
I often hear people say that they don’t read fiction – it’s too ‘fictional’! They prefer real-life content and books that focus (seriously) on current issues or research rather than ‘made up stuff’.
But what they don’t realise is that more and more studies are finding that reading fiction develops the brain and awareness in ways that non-fiction doesn’t.
Any reading is good for us, of course – it develops our vocabularies and general knowledge – but reading meaty, character-driven fiction enables us to share the minds and emotions of others and to ‘live many lives’.
Probably one of the questions I am asked the most often is, 'How are book sales going?'
Those who ask are genuinely interested and caring and want the best for me, but when book sales are trickling it's an uncomfortable question to answer.
Sales for the majority of self-published author are usually quite low; I remember my printer of The Mastery Club telling me that it was rare for self-published authors to return for multiple print runs in the quantity and frequency that I was doing. Even more rare are the international bestseller results. These low sales are why the average Australian self-published author earns about $11,000 per annum...
So let me give you the best question you can ask a self-published author. Banish 'How are book sales going?' and instead ask, 'What can I do to help?'
I promised to give the backstory to Quest For Riches, so here it is:
Camilla Mendoza had been working with divorcées as a mortgage broker when she realised she had to do something about the number of women telling her that they left all money management and financial decisions to their husbands. Determined to change that dynamic, she created a workshop called ‘Money Mastery For Women’. Before long, those women were asking her to create a similar workshop for their children – and ‘Money Mastery For Teens’ was born.