For this installment of “20 Questions and a Selfie,” we catch up with Sandra Bellamy.
Sandra is a UK-based blogger and business trainer who encourages writers to embrace their quirky sides, the things that make writers authentic and different, the things that help writers create their niches and run profitable businesses.
You can connect with Sandra on Twitter @SandraBellamyUK and on her website, QuirkyAcademy.com.
Our 20 questions with Sandra start now:
1) What is your full name (middle name optional)?
2) What is your professional job title?
Blog Trainer UK, Course Content Writer, Quirky Mentor/Quirky Trainer/Quirky Coach/Redundancy Breakthrough Specialist/Peer Trainer
3) Describe your organization.
At QuirkyAcademy.com, I empower people to embrace their quirky, be their authentic self in life and business, to achieve success and happiness.
4) Describe your surroundings right now.
It’s quirky, I’m typing to the sound of my guinea pigs gently munching their leaves. Business, how to and self-help books adorn my shelves.
5) What was your first paid writing gig?
I wrote an article for Country Smallholding about Blacksmith courses and the question of was it a dying trade.
6) What was the last thing you wrote?
Book wise, I wrote my Break Through The Barriers Of Redundancy book, I recently wrote a Quirky Mentoring report and Blog Trainer UK content
7) What is the next thing you plan to write?
When my Break Through The Barriers Of Redundancy book is published, 3 other books, about embracing your quirky, writing and blogging
8) Finish this sentence: The ideal way to start my day is …
Jumping out of bed and having a creative mind explosion while I relax in the shower, then 40 minutes later, I realise I must get to work.
9) Besides your computer, what is sitting on your desk right now?
An organised mess of papers, an old laptop, my mobile phone, other people’s business cards, a BBC Radio Devon mousemat and an A4 notebook.
10) So-called writer’s block is no match for you! What is your antidote?
I allow my mind to creatively think for itself. It can take over my usual quirky brain and have a mind of it’s own. It tells me what to do.
11) Finish this sentence: I hate it when I read …
Something horrible about rape or murder or violence.
12) What are the most important tools, programs and systems you use for your work?
My creative mind, intelligence, analytical skills. I use An Apple Mac, with Word for Mac to design my websites. Twitter, Facebook, YouTube.
13) First book that comes to mind? Go!
Writing Successful Self-Help & How To Books by Jean Marie Stine
14) What are your favorite smartphone apps and why?
Twitter and Facebook for Android, I use them all of the time for my work. Messenger for Facebook, to talk to my friends around the globe.
15) What have you always wanted to write?
A book about writing.
16) What is your advice for aspiring professional writers?
Never, ever give up. Keep practising writing every day, in whatever form. Let your mind run free and lead you, start a blog and just do it!
17) First famous writer who comes to mind? Go!
J.K. Rowling, she reminds me of the wonder and magic of fairy tales. I have visited the Harry Potter Studios too, and they were amazing.
18) Finish this sentence: My favorite thing about being a writer is …
I get to write for a living, and live my passion and dreams.
19) Pencil versus pen—who wins and why?
My Mac, actually. I sometimes think faster than I can write, so typing is quicker for me. I tend to use a pen more than a pencil.
20) Finish this sentence: One word or phrase people will never read in my writing is …
In my non-fiction books: “Life is not worth living.” I used to suffer with depression and turned my life around, and I love life and living.
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