My guest today is Siobhan Curham. Siobhan is the award-winning author of several books for adults and children including Finding Cherokee Brown, True Face, Dear Dylan – which won the YoungMinds Book Award in 2010 – and The Scene Stealers. Siobhan is also an editorial consultant, motivational speaker and life coach, and has written for a variety of publications including The Guardian and Cosmopolitan. Siobhan is passionate about helping others with their writing and runs a creative coaching service, Dare to Dream, and has released a non-fiction title, Dare to Write A Novel.
Siobhan’s latest YA title is The Moonlight Dreamers and it’s out on 7th July. Order it by clicking the link above or the book cover.
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In the interview:
Siobhan on learning to write:
‘I decided to approach it the way you would any other business and start at the bottom and work up.’
On not giving up on your dreams:
‘When I told my teenage self that I didn’t have what it took to become a published author it just wasn’t true.’
On self-publishing Dear Dylan:
‘I’ll never forget the first book blogger who reviewed the book, I was so grateful to her and amazed.’
On writing routine:
‘I have to be really disciplined about it. It’s my job.’
‘I have a little reward system, even during the day, I have little reward moments.’
On curing creative block:
‘Put on some crazy music and just freak out.’
On staying creative:
‘Keep your life interesting.’
Meditation. Siobhan meditates every day and she gives some tips on getting started.
Also in the show:
I talk about the difficulty of writing when life events (or political turmoil) derail you, and give tips on getting back to your creative routine.
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