1. Please introduce yourself so that the readers will get to know you better.
I read English Literature at Durham University. I live in North London in the UK with my husband, two sons and my gorgeous dog, George. I work as a strategic consultant, specialising in advising companies on developing the best products and services for older people. I am an author of two books, ‘The Essential Family Guide to Caring for Older People’, which helps families caring for older relatives with important information and advice and ‘What’s Left Unsaid’, a novel about a family who hide a number of secrets.
2. When did you decide to start writing books?
I have always wanted to write, but only started about four years ago.
3. What do you hope your readers take away from your book “The Essential Family Guide To Caring for Older People”?
I want people to feel supported as they age and as their relatives age. It comes to all of us, but with forward planning, older age can be far more manageable. I want people to understand that everyone struggles as a carer and that it is a tough job. They are not alone.
No one wants to think about getting older.At any age, when things are moving along normally day to day and everyone seems fit and well, there seems no reason to think about future problems that your friends and relatives might (and probably will) come across as they age. In fact, it might even seem a little morbid to think such thoughts, or possibly even tempting fate?
Yet there will come a time when you must raise these issues and, ideally, this should be before any problems arise. The Essential Family Guide to Caring for Older People is the ultimate source of information and help for families with care responsibilities.
4. What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I read a lot of books. I love to bake. I also go to the theatre and the cinema and I walk my dog every day.
5. How long did it take you to write your book?
My novel took around 2 years and the care book about a year.
6. What is your favorite Quote?
“Our greatest freedom is the freedom to choose our attitude.”
― Victor Frankl, ‘Man’s Search for Meaning’
7. What are you working on next? Are you planning to release another book soon?
I am writing another novel, but it is not quite coming together yet!
8. Any favorite writers that inspired you to write?
So many that I find it hard to choose, but I love Anne Tyler, Maggie O’Farrell, Jane Austen, Vikram Seth, John Boyne, Sebastian Faulks, Charles Dickens to name a few…
9. How do you come up with the cover of your book “What’s Left Unsaid”?
I spent a long time searching for the right cover, but when I found the illustration, I knew it was then right one.
10. Lastly, do you want to give any advice to someone wanting to write and publish book?
Have the courage to write and do not give up. It is a tough thing to do and you need courage, but you can do it.
Author Name: Deborah Stone
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