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"Smashwords Questionnaire / Interview"

I asked a friend to come up with some questions for my 'Smashwords Interview' and these are what he came up with. I've written my answers to each of them. https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/reneepaule

 

You have written five books - one for children - and have a sixth in the pipeline on the human condition. What drives you to write?

 

What makes a flower grow, a heart beat or the sun shine? I don’t know the answers to these questions or to what drives me to write. I only know that I’m driven and that the ‘drive’ grows stronger with each book.

 

Many people who read your books are looking for answers yet your books provide none; isn’t this rather a contradiction to being a self-help book?

 

No it isn’t. If I provide answers to questions people have then some of them will listen to me and I may be wrong - it has never been my intention to become a ‘guru’. Self-help means just that; we need to help ourselves and not rely on others to find solutions for us - which leaves us none the wiser; our strength can only be found within. We must look for our own answers and I can only show you how I’m looking for mine. Having said that, I actually have no answers - just fewer and fewer questions and this has made my heart less heavy to lug around.

 

What age group are your books aimed at, if any?

 

When I wrote ‘On The Other Hand’ I thought my audience would be in my own age group (over 50s). I was surprised to discover that younger people like them very much too, so my answer is from around 15 or so upwards.

 

Why did you start to illustrate your books after ‘On the other hand’ and how did the idea of ‘Dilly’ come about?

 

I never thought about illustrating ‘On the Other Hand’. Quite frankly, I didn’t even know I had the ability to draw so it never occurred to me - I wasn’t artistic in my youth. When I was writing ‘Just Around the Bend’ an idea popped into my head of a ‘thought bubble thinking’ and I decided to draw it - it was just a bit of fun. From then on Dilly - a thought form that thinks - became a character in his own right and he was good at demonstrating points that I made in the text. I use ‘he’ when I talk about Dilly but I really don’t think of him as either masculine or feminine - it’s just for the sake of convenience.

 

You do your own illustrations; how do you decide what aspect to illustrate? Your earlier books have fewer illustrations than ‘Stepping out of time’, which has 27; one short of the previous two books put together. Why is this?

 

Sometimes the Dilly illustrations pop into my head before I’ve even written the point I want him to demonstrate, and sometimes the ‘point’ comes first; I have no hard or fast rules about this and let the illustrations develop as and when they want to. For this reason I can’t really answer the second part of this question. I can tell you however, that the images for ‘Stepping Out of Time’ came to me so quickly that I began to wonder whether my next book would be in comic strip format - as it turned out it was to be a children’s picture book.

 

Why did you write a children’s book and do you have plans to write more of them? Again, an idea just came to me and I shared it with a friend and we decided to write and illustrate this book together. Yes, I have plans - and ideas - for more. Our children need to learn to think independently (outside the proverbial box) as much as we do. They learn from us and will become the future leaders of our world, so it’s important that we teach them not to be afraid of it.

 

The latest book you are working on; is this in the same tone as your previous books; will it have more or less illustrations?

 

I don’t believe that my tone changes, so my answer to the first part of this question is ‘Yes’. To date, I’ve not yet made any illustrations for it or designed the cover, so I can’t answer the second part of this question yet.

 

Is there much more that you can write about on the human experience before you run out of ideas?

 

I’m far from short of ideas. If anything, there’s a problem writing them down fast enough before I forget. Because the genres of my books are ‘self-reflection’ and ‘observation’ it follows that my ideas will only run out when I do! But, who is this ‘I’?

 

If you had to sum up your books in a ‘Hollywood pitch’ for example, ‘Sci-fi Meets Supernatural’, how would you describe it?

 

‘Beds of Nails and Other Comfortable Places’.

 

Where do you see yourself five years from now?

 

I can’t answer that question - I may not be around.

 

Your books have no mantras to repeat, no exercises or meditations to perform and no means of tracking progress made; in fact, on the face of it there is nothing for the reader to do. How do your books work, how do they help people who read them to help themselves?

 

Oh but they do have a mantra to repeat - ‘Who am I?’ Ask it and keep asking it. There are three ‘do’s in this question and this ‘doing’ has got us into enough trouble already. There really is nothing to ‘do', as such. We make life so complicated when it should be simple. My books aim to help people to think differently and to let go of all that holds them back from being the best person they can be - from becoming a responsible and mindful person in society. I’m told that my books are both a mirror and a lens, and I believe that to be true. If my books teach anything at all then they teach us the truth about ourselves - steering us inwards - and this is all too often a difficult place to visit.

Reblogged from ReneePaule:

I now have two giveaways up for my new book Stepping Out of Time which will be released on the 21st April 2017. Both giveaways end on the 21st April 2017

 

 Goodreads Giveaway     Booklikes Giveaway 

I'm always looking for reviewers so if you have a record for reviewing please contact me.

I’ve also made a pre-order ebook version available at various outlets including Smashwords and iTunes

 

PLEASE NOTE: ebooks are not illustrated.

 

This is the blurb:


Enquiring further into the subject of human conditioning - and beyond - Renée Paule takes us past another milestone on her continuing journey of self-reflection, wherein she looks at and discusses the society created and sustained by us. As with Renée’s previous books, her unique perspective gives no answers and is self-help in its purist form - sympathetically encouraging you to think for yourself. Have you ever wondered ‘What am I doing here?’ or ‘Who am I?’, if so this book may help you to realise that you’re not alone with these thoughts or in being frustrated by the maze of conflicting information we’re directed towards when we ask questions. Illustrated throughout with the author’s original character ‘Dilly’, topics including ‘The Control Conundrum’, ‘Endurance’ and ‘Know Thyself’ are considered in a non-conventional way that is both refreshing and thought-provoking. Stepping out of Time reaches into where we hide and invites us to tread, if somewhat reluctantly, where we fear to. Ultimately, you may discover that it isn’t answers you are looking for, but yourself.

 

Much love as always,

Renée

Update - 'The Frightened Little Flower Bud'

'The Frightened Little Flower Bud' is all packaged up and sent off to a few publishers now. If they don't like it I shall publish it myself, but I thought I'd give them a go first.

Co-written and illustrated with G R Hewitt, The Frightened Little Flower Bud. Is a lovely little 39 pager in full colour. Its messages are simple; don't believe everything you hear and don't allow fear to control your life. With these messages in mind the illustrations show the life cycle (thereby touching on the subjects of birth and death) of a Goat's-beard plant (Tragopogon - for the botanically minded) so there are some lovely nature lessons in it too. Suitable for all ages 4-99.

 

Love as always ...

 

Renée

 

 

 

 

 

Children's Book - 'The Frightened Little Flower Bud'

To self-publish ... or not to self-publish - decisions ... decisions.

 

I'm almost finished with this book. Co-written and illustrated with G R Hewitt, which has been fun. It's a lovely little 39 pager in full colour. Its messages are simple; don't believe everything you hear and don't allow fear to control your life. With these messages in mind the illustrations show the life cycle of a Goat's-beard plant (Tragopogon - for the botanically minded) so there are some lovely nature lessons in it too. Target audience - age 4-99.

 

 

 

All the best

 

Renée

I now have two giveaways up for my new book Stepping Out of Time which will be released on the 21st April 2017. Both giveaways end on the 21st April 2017

 

 Goodreads Giveaway     Booklikes Giveaway 

I'm always looking for reviewers so if you have a record for reviewing please contact me.

I’ve also made a pre-order ebook version available at various outlets including Smashwords and iTunes

 

PLEASE NOTE: ebooks are not illustrated.

 

This is the blurb:


Enquiring further into the subject of human conditioning - and beyond - Renée Paule takes us past another milestone on her continuing journey of self-reflection, wherein she looks at and discusses the society created and sustained by us. As with Renée’s previous books, her unique perspective gives no answers and is self-help in its purist form - sympathetically encouraging you to think for yourself. Have you ever wondered ‘What am I doing here?’ or ‘Who am I?’, if so this book may help you to realise that you’re not alone with these thoughts or in being frustrated by the maze of conflicting information we’re directed towards when we ask questions. Illustrated throughout with the author’s original character ‘Dilly’, topics including ‘The Control Conundrum’, ‘Endurance’ and ‘Know Thyself’ are considered in a non-conventional way that is both refreshing and thought-provoking. Stepping out of Time reaches into where we hide and invites us to tread, if somewhat reluctantly, where we fear to. Ultimately, you may discover that it isn’t answers you are looking for, but yourself.

 

Much love as always,

Renée

A little Feynman science and wisdom - in 5 minutes. For those who like to see how magical life really is. Click below for the video.

 

The Inconceivable Nature of Nature

 

 

Life is Simple

Please watch and, if you like it, share this video. Life is simple.

Life is Simple

Flower surviving

 

Much love as always,

Renée Paule

New Publication. 'A Three Course Meal for the Mind'

Now Available

 

A Three Course Meal for the Mind combines On the Other Hand, Just Around the Bend and Louder Than a Whisper. I've put these three books together as one handy volume for those who wish to read all three. This has the advantage of being able to cross reference easily and of course it's far cheaper to produce - the cost to you being less than two separate books. Each book is still available to buy singly.

 

 

Buy on Amazon

 

A Three Course Meal for the Mind will not be made available in ebook format; the original ebooks are available to buy at the usual outlets. Please note that my ebooks don’t contain illustrations.

 

Much love as always <3

 

Renée

Secret Title … but here’s a snippet of my chapter 'Sensation, Desire and Relevant Reflections'

I hope to publish this book before the end of the summer 2015 …

 

Here's a 'snippet' from my chapter called:

 

Sensation, Desire and Relevant Reflections

 

We need so little but, desire so much.

 

Whilst walking past my local bakery I was stopped in my tracks by a tantalising smell. I was unable to make out if it was sweet or savoury but felt odd sensations that resembled ‘cravings’. Regardless, the event was full of flavours, urges, feelings of pleasure and the irresistible ‘come and get me’ invitation that at one time would’ve had me walking through the door in an instant carrying out further ‘investigation’. It was while I was lost in these pleasant evocations that it occurred to me what a wonderful and interesting thing had happened; it was all from sensual memory. How is it, I wondered, that I’ve vastly different aromatic experiences when passing a fishmonger’s shop; evoking less appealing memories? It was at that moment I decided to write about the abstract human trait that we call, desire.

Desire is a ‘loaded’ word generally associated with having sexual, gastronomical, financial or religious overtones ...

 

Sexual - to be desirable to or by another.

Gastronomical - to desire food; for pleasure (excess?). Desire is not a word we use to describe the needs of people who are starving; food is essential.

Financial - to bring us security; to eliminate personal lack of anything we want in this world for the duration of our lifetimes - but not beyond. Need is an entirely different thing; clothing, food and shelter.

Religious - to bring us the greatest and most elusive prize of all; Heaven - if we manage to conquer our desires for anything other than God - but not until we die.

 

Little wonder our focus is on the first three of these; they’re attainable within our lifetime. We’ve heard the word ‘desire’ or seen images being used in the above contexts more than any other - through subliminal messages and a great deal of early (often religious) conditioning. I told a few friends that I’m writing a chapter called ‘Desire’ (original chapter title) and asked what their initial reaction was to that word. To one it meant an expensive new car and to others it was an exciting new partner, improved personal appearance, happiness or an increase in wealth; things we’re conditioned to set our sights on. Interestingly, the desire for answers to fundamental questions about the ‘meaning of life’ were not mentioned. Are we so lost in ourselves that these questions have become undesirable? One person did say they desire ‘world peace’ but hadn’t thought about how it might be attained; ‘world peace’ has no more meaning to most people than any other throwaway cliché. In order to understand what desire is we first need to erase our conditioning through a process of enquiry - then look at it afresh. Without questioning the disorder in the world, we can’t expect to create order.

 

~~~

 

Uh uh ... that's it for now :) However, I'll be announcing this book shortly and plan on putting it up for a pre-publication giveaway on Goodreads. First, I must write the blurb; everything else is already prepared including a gorgeous book cover.

 

Much love,

 

Renée Paule

New Website / Consolidation

As part of a process of 'consolidation' I've created a brand new website which has got rid of a lot of unnecessary buttons and repeating links. Tougher still was to further consolidate everything for a mobile friendly version of it. This was a tough exercise and I'm really happy with the results.

 

My new website

 

'Consolidation' is one of the chapters in my new book and it's a good exercise to help bring 'peace of mind'.

Much love as always <3

My New Book's Progress

Hi All,
 
This post was originally published on the 2nd March on Goodreads but for some reason not appeared here; I guess I must post them manually.

I aimed to publish my new book by the end of May 2015 but that’s fast becoming an unrealistic date and it’s more likely to be out in the autumn. As I said in my previous post, this one’s a tough one and as usual, my mind keeps interrupting me with things that may well turn out to be far less important; I do, however, have to keep going with that heartfelt flow.

One of those ‘things’ is an understanding of photography and in particular, shutter, aperture, white balance and ISO settings. Only the Universe knows why this has come into my field of vision and it’s helping me a great deal to understand what the human eye ‘sees’ or more accurately doesn’t see; the eye is the most powerful completely automatic ‘camera’ in existence. Don’t worry, I’m not going to get technical in this book (tech is not me) but it’s all helping to change my ‘point of view’ and to remove more of that wonderful ‘conditioning’ that we’ve all absorbed; in particular it challenges the old adage ‘seeing is believing’.

Chapters written so far are;
Introduction
Sensation, Desire and Relevant Reflections
Am I Good Enough?
Responsibility
Consolidation
What’s it all About? (almost complete)
Surrender (almost complete)
 
I’ve also created several new Dilly illustrations and I’m working on more.

Keep up-to-date with my progress on My website. I update a ‘flip_book’ on it all the time.

title is still a secret

The cover is a clue to the title :)

Much love as always …

Renée Paule

Goodread's Listopia Votes

If you have the time - and like my books - then I'd appreciate your vote on Goodread's Listopia for 'On The Other Hand'; (green version) and 'Just Around the Bend'; as I'll be able to reach more people who can benefit from reading them. Current lists are:

Best Spiritual Books of 2013
Books to Help You Change the World
Inspiring Books
Best Self-Help, Spiritual, Motivational, Law of Attraction Books
Books that Everyone Should Read at Least Once
Best Books Ever
Best Self Help Books

Much love as always

 

Renée Paule

I had many images and this idea came to me; I hope you enjoy it.

 

A powerful but gentle wake up call to some of the problems in our world - in just '2 Minutes'.

Fast moving images because I set them to the music and it would take ages to show them all .... pause button works though :)

 

Music by ...
"Sardana"
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/b...

Years of collecting smiles has paid off and I've just uploaded this video to Youtube. I hope it brings a smile to your face.

 

Much love <3

 

Renée Paule

 

 

Progress of my new book

I've been working really hard on this new book (my third) and it's a tough one :) Mostly because I'm digging deeper into myself than I've ever done before; it's all worth the effort though. Here's a place where you can keep up-to-date with my progress on it; just click on the book image on my website to be taken to a flip-book. I update it all the time. My website

title is still a secret

The cover is a clue to the title :)

Much love as always

Renée Paule

New Book Extract

A teeny extract from my new book that I'd like to share with you all (it may still change a little).

 

"The road is long and the road is tough, but it is there and there is light at the end of it. We can overcome all hurdles if we refuse to be distracted or deterred by society, and it will try to do that. When we become the act instead of the audience many doors open for us."

 

Have a great end of the year.