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SHARON SMITH, AKA SHAZWELLYN, BRITISH AUTHOR AND HUBPAGES STAR
AN INTERVIEW WITH BRITISH AUTHOR SHARON SMITH, AKA SHAZWELLYN.
CREATIVE WRITER OF STORIES, ARTICLES, HELP COLUMNS, CHILDREN STORIES AND MORE. FROM LEARNING DISABILITY TO STARDOM ON HUBPAGES.COM
1) How did you first become interested in writing?
I was always a dreamer as a child. It was as if I was caught between two worlds, so to speak. I couldn’t read until I was nine years old and was classed as someone with special needs, failed my 11 + at 10 (why test 10 year olds at 11 + - God only knows!) but passed with distinction at 12. Something had just connected for me and I can remember the moment, to the very second, when I first learned to read and, ultimately, write. It was around this time that I became engrossed in creative writing. I could never ‘plan’ my writing, as we are traditionally taught in UK schools of the late 1970’s, but as I wrote words on a page, I could see the story unfold in my mind’s eye – just like a story of a film unfolding. I enjoyed doing this and found a new way of expressing my dream-like state on paper.
School, or rather social relationships within school, failed me – see ‘The Hunted Fox’. http://shazwellyn.hubpages.com/hub/The-Hunted-Fox-A-School-Bullying-Story. I had to make a decision – survive school or die. Sounds melodramatic, but that was the truth. The sacrifice was my academia. This came later in the form of The Open University which enabled me to study at home whilst bringing up my children – both of which turned out to have disabilities – (See my Asperger’s and Type 1 Diabetes hubs.) With the OU, I was able to study for a Diploma in Health and Social Welfare and qualifications in Psychology. I also took further courses at college – a City and Guilds in Further Education and various computer courses. Education gave me a sense of satisfaction and achievement, enabling me to challenge and stretch my intellect.
I have always been a philosopher and making sense of the world has always been forefront to me. I believe that we, as human beings, are a balance of three:- Intellect (mind), Body (Physical) and Energy (Spirit). Much of my writing is evidence based and comes from source evidence. I like to strip back research to the beginnings – that way you dismiss the ‘Chinese Whisper’s’ syndrome that so much misinformation can come from. Remember that all ‘fact’ is always subject to change and, as such, can only ever be theory.
Writing for me is my life, my joy and my fulfillment.
2) How long have you been actively writing?
Since I learned to read and write, writing creatively and academically has been a need. It comes from a blank piece of paper where the heart then flows. These pieces of writing can be written in a short time, the academic pieces have to be worked on, ensuring that I have justified the facts from evidence.
3) Do you currently write as a profession?
I have lots of hats. Writing is one part of many professional pursuits. I love life, in fact, my personal quote is ‘Life Is For Living!’ I am always on the look out for new challenges that might bring me joy and wisdom. I volunteer to drive patient’s via the Red Cross and Ambulance Service to their appointments. A lot of the time I support people through a time of great illness like Cancer. I also am a Social Landlady who chooses to home homeless people and trade at car boot sales. The question really is… What next?
4) If so, what titles have you put out and where can we find them?
Much of my writing is on Hubpages. However, as from November, I shall be releasing some of my unpublished creative writing material – all very diverse in style. Look out for these!
5) Who is your inspiration?
Hubpages suggest that you write what you love. This is what I do whilst experiencing my adventures in life. I share the love by writing about it. However, the real inspiration for me, dare I say it… but the Universe! hehehe
6) Who's writing style does your work most resemble?
7) Do you write on a schedule?
No… I write on a laptop! LoL Actually, I just let it come – putting a time/motion chart to writing is a real turn off which leads to dry-up.
8) Do you write in one particular place?
9) Do you write from home?
I take my laptop with me whilst I volunteer and write whilst waiting for my patient’s return from their appointments. Sometimes I write when I am camping out – I love nature and being out doors – but much of the time it is at home, I must confess.
10) Do you prefer to work in a quiet environment?
When the need takes over, I have to write – it can be anywhere!
11) Do you listen to music when you write? If so, what type of music do you listen to and why?
The other day I was listening to some ambient music by Moby. It really did inspire me and helped the love flow from my heart. The result of this was a story called Bluebell which will be published in November. I love a band called The National and, along the same genre, a new band called Other Lives. Both of these I have written about and taken you tube videos of. You can see these on my articles:
12) Are you an avid reader?
No, not at all. You see, the party is in my head! I have so much going on in there not much really rocks my boat. I would rather dream and ‘be’. I do like academia, however. Reading psychology books, travel guides and books based on evidence of an earlier human history. I like to do the research myself and not regurgitate theories from others, but to find my own way, with an untarnished view. The likes of Wallace Wattles, Rhonda Byrne and James Churchward are all inspirational.
13) What is your goal in writing?
To share the love and help others feel the joy. Happiness is easy – it is a state of mind!
14) Would you rather write a book that sells millions of copies, but have it be "Celebrity Fluff" - or write an award winning novel that no one reads? And why does it matter?
I try and go beyond the ego. The idea of celebrity seems to be the epitome of ego – that is not to say that is not perfect and right for some, just not for me! I would love to have my work ‘out there’ to be enjoyed, not for egotistical reasons but to share the love. Does that make sense? To have an ‘award winning’ novel is, again, an ego massager. This doesn’t mean a lot to me. I just want to help change the world, in my own little way, and spread love, happiness and fulfillment to those who I attract. I often think, as I am writing, ‘let those who need this come here and gain love from this information’. Love is for me, the be all and end all. Anything less is just a lack of love. I have been blessed with everything that I need to be happy.
The only thing that matters is love.
15) Should a sentence EVER start with "but" or "and" ?
What I have learned is dispense of the rules. There are no rules, just write what you feel. Think ‘outside of the box’ and allow the creative juices to flow.
16) If you couldn't ever write again, what would you be doing?
I would use a scribe and let the party out of my head!
17) Have you ever competed in the National Novel Writing Month event? What do think about such events?
No, this is working on the competitive frequency. I would rather write on the creative frequency – write for those who are guided to my articles or stories. I do things in a certain way which allows, through the power of love and thought, to attract those to my work that will benefit.
18) How do you feel about Writers Groups or organizations?
I am a lone practitioner. Groups and organizations can be egotistical. I feel that I can easily be drawn into the politics of such organizations and this doesn’t make me feel good. It is about egos. If it doesn’t feel good, don’t do it.
19) Do you belong to any writer's organizations?
20) You mention that you write wherever you are when you have time. When do your ideas usually come to you?
It is as if I am lead to certain topics. If I feel passionate about something, I can just tap it out within a short time. A pass remark by someone or a feeling to write
with a blank computer screen and it just comes. I don’t know where it is going to end until I get there. It is a party that is in my head, it isnt planned - it just comes.
21. Did you author the OLLIE THE BIG RED BUS STORIES, AND ARE THEY PUBLISHED IN A BOOK OR BOOKS?
Yes, I authored them. They were about to be published until the publishing company
went bankrupt and I just left them in my loft for a while. When I started writing on Hubpages, I brought them out so as children can enjoy them - why leave them to the moths eh?
22. Do you plan to write more children stories?
They are very popular and depending on the demand, we will have to see whether this is the plan, or not.
23. You write about so many subjects, is there any aspect of life that you do not write about?
I have a lust for life and like to experience new things - when I have experienced them, then you can bet your bottom dollar, I will write about it! hehehe. Watch this space!
24. Have you written song lyrics? If so, what venue, Country, rock?.......
I have done (songs)for family - we are very musical. You can write about anything - the art is in the music which tend to be more Indie folk.
25. You also write about health and healing through energy or alternative methods,
how did you come to believe that we could help heal ourselves?
This is something I have practiced a long time. When you have been involved in spiritual groups since the age of 14, you come to understand how many messed
up people there are in life. They open up their auras to other messed up people who 'channel' and the receivers are left taking on the 'mess' on their healers. Best to go straight to source - God, the universe - whatever you want to call it and take some real love into your heart, rather than seek this from an intermediately. As someone who is lucky enough to be guided, and through the effects of positive thoughts through those I have helped during my voluntary work with the Cancer patients of the Red Cross, I have seen that people can heal themselves of 'dis - at - ease'. God is within us all and around us all. All we need is joy and love.
26. Do you think the best writing comes from a generally happy person, or from someone who may be moody and have a dark side, or someone who
has lived through a personal tragedy?
I think all these count.
27. You have achieved so much growth in your life from learning disability to accomplished writer and more, are there still goals you hope to achieve in your life?
Yes, to share the love and with the positive vibe, help change the world.
28. What advice do you have for aspiring writers who haven't found the
courage to write their stories, poems or books, but would dearly like
to do so?
What have they got to lose? Absolutely nothing, but have so much to gain within their own growth. Write because you love it. Hubpages is a great place to share it.
29. What are some of the benefits of being a member of hubpages.com that helped you become so active here?
It gave me the opportunity to become a better person - move on and make sense of my life. For this I am truly grateful.
30) What thought would you like to leave with readers of your interview?
Turn your back to anything that doesn’t make you feel good. Look for joy and happiness in your life. This comes from your own self contentment. Stop looking to your environment and other people to bring you joy. Find the joy within and remember two key principals to life: Do no harm and cause no loss. Even when others displease you, remember that it is you that have allowed yourself the displeasure – it is not their fault and responsibility, but yours to seek your own inner peace and happiness. They don’t have the problem – you do.
31) Are there any links or trailers you would like to post here for readers to see more of your work.
Here are a selection of good articles and stories that you might like:
Robert Hewett Sr.
Down The Road We Came (children’s story poems and short stories)
Thunderfoot, A Kentucky Thoroughbred loaned to the Pony Express c. 1861