After a wonderful book launch for Retribution, I’ve had my head-down on the marketing, preparing for the launch of my next book and writing the first of my Diana Daniels mysteries. Go, go, go! I keep going because there is an equation to living a successful, happy and fulfilling life. And in its simplest terms it is this… The energy you expend = the energy you get back. The more you give, the more you receive. In my own life, I’ve discovered this to be true. Wherever I place my energy that is where I generate results. From an author’s perspective, this means keep on writing books.

Whenever an aspiring or emerging author asks for advice, the repeated theme is write more books…and make sure they’re the best you can write. As authors, we can all look back on our first works and shudder, knowing how we could improve them now. But the key is to keep on writing. To keep sharing stories, to hone our craft and to treat writing like a business. Unless we’re willing to do that, we can never turn our storytelling into a sustainable career. But like everything in life, there is a flip-side. And that is to honor ourselves. To listen to our intuition and know when it’s time for a rest. To hit the go-slow button and take time out to nourish our soul, our senses and our creative spirit. In my own personal experience, it is when I take this time out for myself, either in meditation, or on a holiday, or a short break on the Gold Coast, my next story beams in.

This happened with my current book, Retribution. It was a story that came to me when I least expected it during a meditation. My next book, Island of Secrets, appeared when I was boating on the Broadwater on the Gold Coast. And the first of my Diana Daniels murder mysteries, Mystery on the Silver Galapagos sprang to mind when my husband and I traveled to the Galapagos Islands on that very ship in 2017. To get an insight into this process, you can read a Behind the Scenes Sneak Peek about all my books on my website.

When we take a break, we are being kind to ourselves, we are honoring our health and we’re being grateful for the fruits of our hard work. So, cast away the guilt for not writing for a while and take a well-deserved break.

Insight…All work and no play makes for a dull, unhappy life.