The art of being..

Welcome to The Art of Being.., a podcast about who we are as human beings and how we show up in the world. The podcast started out as the Healthy Happy Writer Show, but I very quickly realised that it had become limited. And when I made the decision to change what I focused on to reflect more of who I am and what I believe, it became apparent that, although I love writing and writers, I want to talk to and uncover more about what makes the world such a unique and diverse place.

Over the years I’ve hosted a number of authors on my Thursday Throng author interview, some have gone on to write other things and others have changed direction  or started a different writing career. And these interviews taught me something interesting, that is doesn’t matter what the question, everyone always has a different answer. In these interviews you’ll find I may sometimes ask the same question, but again I’m finding that everyone has a different answer.

What that tells me is that there is no such thing as ‘normal’, there is no such thing as ‘the same’ and there is definitely no such thing as better or best.

I believe that being healthy and happy is a mix of all the things that make up our lives. How can I be healthy if I don’t eat well or exercise and how can I be happy if my body doesn’t feel ‘right’ in some way. These are just some of our physical needs.

Being healthy and happy also means recognising the importance of our mind and spirit to leading a life that brings us fulfilment regardless of the circumstances we find ourselves in. These are the things I’ll be exploring with my guests of the coming weeks, months and hopefully, years.

(Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay)

In conversation with Ben Mears

Born in Cornwall, Ben Mears first began writing high fantasy as a hobbyist, later working on a series of early-medieval whodunits before self-publishing the young adult Tyler May series. A Sock Full of Bones is the first of his novels to be traditionally published.

In conversation with Jenny Jaeckel

Jenny Jaeckel is the author of House of Rougeaux, her debut novel, winner of an IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award for Hisorical Fiction and was named one of Bitch Media’s 25 Must Read Books of 2018; and the forthcoming companion book Boy, Falling, to be published by Black Rose Writing in July 2021. In our time … Read more

In conversation with Emma K Lea

How does a dyslexic become a writer? Having inspirational teachers at school helps, as does parents who won’t allow it to become an excuse. Emma K Lea talks about her journey from ghostwriter to self-publisher, her work as a tutor for others who are also dyslexic and selling children’s books on Etsy. She reflects on … Read more

In conversation with Sahar Abdulaziz

When suspense writer, Sahar Abdulaziz isn’t busy plotting a stabbing, a garroting, or a murder (all on paper of course) she’s busy writing about her crew of highly-entertaining, quirky, unpredictable book characters. Some have been lovely, big-hearted, gentle souls, merely temporarily lost and in search of answers, while others have been eccentric, unconventional, writing their … Read more

In conversation with Wafa Tarnowska

Wafa’ Tarnowska was born in Lebanon and has lived and worked in Australia, India, Cyprus, Poland, the UK and Dubai. She is currently based in the UK dreaming of a hideaway in the land of Dante. In her work, Wafa’ strives to create a valuable bridge between East and West, helping to break down the … Read more

In conversation with Lex McKee

Lex McKee and I first met at various networking meetings taking place across Dorset back in early part of the 21st century and even though I dropped out of business networking for several years his posts on LinkedIn have always intrigued, fascinated and amused me, as he’s a very funny guy – as well as … Read more

In conversation with Dave Sivers

In this week’s conversation, Dave Sivers and I are chatting about all things character, backstories and senses. Dave first joined me on the Thursday Throng back 2013 with his first book in the Archer and Baines series The Scars Beneath the Soul.

In conversation with Claire Montanaro

This week I’m in conversation with renowned spiritual teacher, clairvoyant and channel Claire Montanaro. Claire and I first met when I was her social media strategy coach. She later joined me on the Thursday Throng in 2014 with her book Spiritual Wisdom.

In conversation with Warren Stribling

This week I’m with Warren Stribling, airman, legionnaire, teacher and writer (oh and author) which is a very eclectic portfolio for any adult life. He now lives in Mexico with his wife, but has been known to teach English as a foreign language in France, after a stint in the French Foreign Legion.

In conversation with Elizabeth Milovidov

In this week’s conversation I’m chatting with Elizabeth Milovidov, a member of the Working Group of experts on Digital Citizenship Education and an independent expert on Digital Parenting and Children and Internet for the Children’s Rights Division of Council of Europe. 

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