I'm pleased to welcome a bestselling author to the blog today as they gear up for the release of their next book! EXCITING!
Cassandra Farren, who lives in Northamptonshire, England, has been described as 'a gentle soul powered by rocket fuel!' She is the director of Welford Publishing, the author of seven books, and a ghostwriter.
Her mission is to create a lasting ripple of empowerment in the world, whilst always being a positive role model to her children.
The Girls Who Refused to Quit shares the powerful, real-life journeys of fifteen inspirational women. They have all overcome adversity and now want to make a difference with their stories. They want you to know that no matter what challenges you face, you can hold your head high, believe in yourself and follow your dreams. They have not only found the courage to rise from the depths of despair, they have also found the strength never to give up.They are The Girls Who Refused to Quit.
Did you always dream of being a writer/illustrator?
Becoming an author was never part of my life plan. When I was a child I initially wanted to be in the navy, and as I got older I wanted to become a Human Resources Adviser. My life didn't go to plan and has taken many twists and turns, my last employed job was as a cleaner and prior to this I was a mortgage adviser. If anyone had told me I would become an author and a ghostwriter I may have laughed, a lot!
When did you start pursuing publication of your work?
I was at a crossroads in my life in 2012 when an intuitive coach advised me to write down my life story as apparently it was a lot more inspiring than I realised. I had no idea that this writing would turn into a book. I continued to write and was encouraged to share my story on a larger scale. I took a leap of faith, applied for some business funding and published my first book in 2014.
How long did it take from that first thought to release day?
It was 18 months from start to finish, but if I had known from the beginning that I was writing a book I would have made the process quicker.
What's been the hardest part of publishing a book so far?
It's definitely the vulnerability of being seen whilst baring my soul to the world. The way I overcome this is by focusing on my readers and holding onto the hope that my book will make a difference to them.
And the easiest, or most enjoyable?
The easiest part is writing, but I can't say that it has always been enjoyable. With my fourth book I had to stop writing after 237 words as I couldn't see my screen through the tears that were streaming down my face.
What's next for you?
I am preparing to release Volume 3 of The Girls Who Refused to Quit which is a collection of true stories from women who have all overcome adversity.
What's one piece of advice you'd give to writers just started their pursuit of publication?
Close you eyes and imagine the first ever copy of your book being delivered, hold onto that feeling whenever any fears come up and always follow your heart.
Last book you read?
First Date, by Sue Watson.
What book are you reading now?
Greenlights, by Matthew McConaughey
Best book you've ever read?
The Silent Patient, by Alex Michaelides
Is it strange that I don't have one?
Best moment of your writing life?
Publishing 3 volumes of The Girls Who Refused to Quit. In the year that many people would like to forget, we have made it one to remember.
Name of your newest WIP?
The Girls Who Refused to Quit, Volume 3.
If not an author, what would be your dream job?
I absolutely love dancing, although I don't feel this would make a viable business!
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