New Book Deal News … and Why You Should Never Give Up on Your Dreams

Five years ago, I was browsing around the Young Adult section of the Waterstones store in Piccadilly.

I’d just self-published my first novel for young adults, Dear Dylan, and my head was full of dreams.

The dream that one day Dear Dylan might be stocked in a store like Waterstones.

The dream that one day I might become a recognised YA author.

The dream that one day I might get a ‘proper’ book deal for my YA novels.

But standing there as a self-published author, those dreams all felt so far away.

The fact is, stores like Waterstones hardly ever stock self-published books – and certainly not in bulk.

And without being stocked in stores, how would I ever raise my profile as a YA author?

Then I spotted the spine of a book that looked a little different from the others so I pulled it from the shelf.

The book was called The Sky is Everywhere and it would be no exaggeration to say that it was a thing of beauty (or at least it was for a Certified Book Nerd like me).

The cover was sky blue and had a fabric feel to it, with the title indented in white, like wisps of cloud.

When I opened the book, I actually gasped at how incredible it looked. (I did warn you I was a book nerd…)

Instead of the usual black, the font was in blue, in keeping with the sky theme. And the text was interspersed with the beautiful photographs of handwritten poems.

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The imagination and attention to detail involved in producing a novel like this exuded a real love for the story.

A real love for books.

A new dream entered my head: a dream that one day I would have a publisher who felt this passionately and imaginatively about books

I made a note of the publisher’s name: Walker Books.

I bought the book.

I took it home – and devoured it in one sitting.

It was exactly as good as it looked.

The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson became my all-time favourite novel.

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My much-loved, well-thumbed, tea-stained copy of ‘The Sky is Everywhere’

And for the next five years I regularly dipped into it for inspiration.

Nelson’s poetic prose became a constant reminder to me of just how magical writing can be. And how well-drawn characters can come to be much-loved friends.

Inspired by The Sky is Everywhere, I started achieving the dreams from that day in the book store.

I received ‘proper’ book deals for five young adult books with two wonderful publishers.

Then, a couple of months ago, my agent, Erzsi Deak, sent out an extended sample of a novel I’d been working on called The Moonlight Dreamers.

Normally it takes a couple of weeks at least to start hearing back from publishers.

A few days after the manuscript was sent out, I got a text from Erzsi.

“I NEED TO TALK TO YOU!”

The last time I got a text like that it was over something semi-apocalyptic, so I did what every Brit does in times of potential crisis – I made myself a cuppa.

And another.

Then I had a bath.

Then I had some dinner.

And then I called her.

‘We’ve had a pre-empt!’ she yelled.

‘A pre-what?’

‘A pre-emptive offer. For The Moonlight Dreamers. From Walker.’

From Walker.

Instantly, I thought back to that day in Waterstones and my eyes filled with tears.

The people who had published The Sky is Everywhere wanted to publish my book.

It’s been a long and winding – and at times bumpy – road, but my final dream from that day in the store had come true.

A month or so later, I went to the Walker office to meet the team.

The first thing I saw when I walked through the door was a pile of copies of Jandy Nelson’s new novel, I’ll Give You the Sun.

‘Would you like one?’ my new editor, Mara asked.

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‘I’ll Give You the Sun’ in its new home in my bedroom

Being handed that book was one of the happiest moments of my writing life.

And it reminded me yet again that you should never give up on your dreams – no matter how long and winding and bumpy the road becomes.

Just keep taking one step after another in their direction.

Find a source of inspiration to light the way.

And one day, just maybe, you’ll have the magical experience of realising that you’ve arrived.

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Learning to Forgive … Over and Over and Over Again

I have a confession to make.

I don’t always practice what I preach.

Sometimes – OK, oftentimes, I find myself thinking or doing something and this snarky, know-it-all voice in my head (think cocky city banker) says, ‘But, Shiv, that’s not what you tell your coaching clients to do, that’s not what you write on your blog.’

I hate that snarky voice with a passion.

But I hate even more the fact that it’s always right.

About a month ago, I was coaching a client about the importance of forgiveness. And what I was saying – about forgiveness being the highest form of love and absolutely vital for our sanity – felt so true and so right. And yet…

And yet.

Recently, someone really, really peed me off.

And since then, I haven’t been able to let it go.

Every so often, I will think about what they did and it will spark a torrent of of self-righteous moaning in my head, all about how they’re so this and they’re so that and they’re so frickin’ the other.

And sometimes I even play out little scenarios in my mind, while I’m doing the dishes or walking along the street, where I imagine confronting this person, soap opera stylie, and launching into a ranty monologue full of pithy put-downs all about how I’m so right and they’re so wrong and yada, yada, yada.

But any sense of satisfaction this gives me is always short-lived.

It’s actually really draining not forgiving another person.

Or, as Buddhists and Alcoholics Anonymous like to say: ‘it’s like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die.’

Yesterday, I travelled up to the Midlands with a friend.

We hadn’t seen each other for ages so I was l looking forward to our journey together almost as much as the wedding we were both attending.

We bought bucket-sized cups of tea and bags of pastries, got settled into our seats on the train and embarked on a marathon catch-up.

We caught up on each other’s good news, funny news and work news.

And then of course, we got to the not-so-good news about things that had peed us off recently.

Long story short, it turned out we both had people we needed to forgive.

Our train arrived in Coventry with hours to spare so we decided to go on an impromptu sight-seeing visit.

We ended up at Coventry Cathedral.

Coventry Cathedral, it turned out, was almost destroyed by the Nazis during the Coventry blitz of 1940. Only the tower, spire and outer wall of the 14th century building remain.

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The morning after the bombing, the decision was taken to preserve what was left of the cathedral, not as an act of defiance to the Nazis, but to embody Jesus’ key teaching – to love your enemy.

When the cathedral stonemason noticed that two of the charred roof beams had fallen in the shape of a cross they were placed on an altar of rubble with the words FATHER FORGIVE inscribed on the wall behind them.

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As my friend and I looked around the beautiful ruins I got shivers running up and down my spine.

Not even an hour before we’d been talking about how we wished it was easier to forgive and now here we were, standing in the middle of a vast shrine to forgiveness.

As I read about the work the cathedral continues to do for peace and reconciliation in war-torn parts of the world, I felt truly humbled.

It also made me think of the jaw-dropping bravery and dignity of the relatives of the victims of the recent shooting in the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church in South Carolina. And how, just a day after losing their loved ones in the most cruel and brutal way imaginable, they’d made a point of going to the courthouse to declare to the gunman that they forgave him.

When asked why relatives of the victims of the shooting had gone to court to declare their forgiveness, a pastor from the church replied simply ‘because we have to.’

Standing in the ruins of Coventry Cathedral I saw so clearly that he was right.

We have to forgive – no matter how hard it is.

We can only bring peace to this planet and to our hearts if we ‘love our enemy’ instead of rant and rave and moan about them.

If people can find it in their hearts to forgive bomb and gun attacks; if they can forgive the murder of their loved ones, then surely we can all forgive the smaller-scale annoyances in our day to day lives.

So, here I go again, searching inside of myself for the flickering light of forgiveness.

Letting go of my anger.

Understanding that I don’t know everything about the situation – it’s impossible to know everything about a situation.

Remembering that people usually do hurtful things because they’re hurting themselves.

And letting that knowledge lead me to feelings of compassion.

There’s no quick and easy route to forgiveness.

It’s a lesson we have to keep on learning and a choice we have to keep on making, every single day of our lives.

But when we do make that choice – when we see a prayer of forgiveness made from charred timber and a heap of rubble, when we hear the words ‘I forgive’ through a grieving mother’s sobs – that’s when we see the true loving potential of the human spirit.

That’s when we see the hope for a much happier world.

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15 Things I’ve Learnt From 15 Years of Writing

I’ve been a published author for 15 years now and it’s been a massive and fascinating learning curve.

And as I know many of the readers of this blog are writers or aspiring writers I thought it would be fun to write a piece on the key lessons I’ve learnt from my years at the writing coal-face…

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1. You do your best work when you write from the heart

A lot of people who dream of getting a book deal make the mistake of writing what they think publishers will want rather than what they want. As a result, publishers get inundated with imitations of previous best-sellers and end up craving something fresh and new. And writers end up demotivated and uninspired as they churn out some Harry Potter meets Fifty Shades epic. When you write from the heart about something that means a lot to you, you write with passion and your manuscript is far more likely to catch the editor’s eye and capture their imagination. Another bonus of writing something you feel passionately about is that you’re way more likely to find the stamina to show up at the page, day after day.

2. Don’t be afraid to be bold and experiment

Following on from the previous point, don’t be afraid to be bold in your writing. My first novel for young adults, Dear Dylan, was a real experiment for me – it was comprised solely of emails and one of the main characters was sixty years old (not usually a done thing in the YA book world). But my gamble paid off as this book went on to win a national award.

3. Character questionnaires rule

One of the best ways of quickly developing well-rounded characters is to complete a questionnaire for each of them prior to beginning the book. Give ‘character questionnaire‘ a quick Google and get downloading. Or you can create your own. A character questionnaire is a list of around 20 – 30 questions designed to help you get to know your character inside out, with questions such as: ‘What is your character’s worst fear?‘ and ‘How does your character get on with their parents?

4. A book board helps you visualise the world of your story

Prior to starting a new novel I always create a book board; a visual representation of the world of the book, full of photos of people and places and objects. It really helps me to be able to see the characters and locations before I start writing about them. You can create a book board on Pinterest or get cutting and pasting and make a collage.

5. Show don’t tell

Possibly the most common note I’ve made in my work as an editorial consultant is SDT (not to be confused with STD). SDT stands for Show Don’t Tell. All too often, writers can end up telling the reader what’s happened in a reportage style, rather than showing it through the character’s actions and dialogue. Whenever you’re checking over your work, make sure to be on the look out for examples of SDT and change your telling into showing.

6. You need to get messy

When I started my first novel it was a pain-staking process because I was so afraid of doing a bad job. I’d type a couple of lines, then edit the couple of lines, then change the words around, then experiment with some Italics, then wonder if I was using the right font, then read something by one of my favourite writers, then realise that what I’d written was useless in comparison and delete it and start all over again. This is the worst way in the world to write. Editing and writing use two entirely different parts of the brain, so when you edit as you go along your brain is actually at war with itself. I finally managed to escape this torture by telling myself that it was OK to get messy and write crap. Now it’s the first thing I tell any of my coaching clients. ‘Get messy and write crap then come back and edit it another day!’ Freeing yourself up in this way allows the words to flow and your writing becomes far less self conscious and clunky.

7. Reading is like fuel

Reading is like putting fuel in your writing tank. There’s something so inspiring and encouraging about reading another writer’s words. Whenever I read something well-written it fills me with excitement and has me itching to write because it reminds me of the beauty of just the right words, placed in just the right order and inspires me to raise my own writing game. There are also some great books about writing out there which can fuel you up to write. My top recommends are: ‘On Writing‘ by Stephen King, ‘Still Writing‘ by Dani Shapiro and ‘Solutions for a Novelist‘ by Sol Stein.

8. Getting physical helps your creative flow

Writing a book requires hours of sitting, bum-on-seat, hunched-over-screen. It’s important that you break this up with regular exercise. My typical writing day will always include a walk, dance class or yoga routine. And getting physical has creative bonuses too, curing writer’s block and getting ideas flowing.

9. Editors are invaluable

The fact is, there comes a point when writing a novel, when you can no longer see the wood for the trees – or the plot-holes for the typos. It’s at this point that an expert pair of eyes is needed, in the form of an editor. When I got a book deal for my first young adult novel I was lucky enough to work with an editor called Ali Dougal. Ali edited four of my young adult novels and over the years, her eagle-eyed notes really helped knock my novels into shape and helped me hone my skills as a writer. Subsequently, other editors have commented on how ‘clean’ my manuscripts are. This is all thanks to Ali and the incisive feedback she gave me on my earlier books. So, if you’re self-publishing your book, and you want that book to be its absolute best, it’s vital that you invest in the skills of an experienced editor. As Dr Seuss so eloquently put it: “So the writer who breeds more words than he needs, is making a chore for the reader who reads.” Let an editor help you cut the slack and get your book as sleek and polished as possible.

10. People DO judge books by their covers

I learnt this one the hard way. My second novel for adults was a gritty love story, set during the miners’ strike of the 1980s. When I’d imagined a cover for it I’d pictured an 80s style vibe, incorporating a bright yellow ‘COAL NOT DOLE’ sticker. When my publisher sent me what they’d come up with, I wanted to cry. It was pink, with the photo of a model in a skin-tight t-shirt and it had a glittery font (the horror!). It was in no way representative of the story I’d written. But I was so grateful for being published I didn’t say a word. I also reasoned that a publisher that size would definitely know what they were doing when it came to book covers. A month after the book came out I did an author event in a book-store. When I introduced myself to the store manager she greeted me with: ‘I really enjoyed your book but I have to say I think the cover’s f***ing awful.’ Hardly the most encouraging start to the evening! I then gave a reading from the book and afterwards, when I was signing copies, everyone who bought one said the same thing: ‘I really enjoyed your reading but I would never have picked it up if I’d just seen it in the shop – I hate books with those kind of covers.’ Getting just the right cover for your book is a tricky and complicated business. If you’re being traditionally published and hate the cover your publisher sends you, don’t be afraid to speak out about your concerns. Most publishers really want to keep their authors happy. And if you’re self-publishing, invest in a professional cover designer – it will be worth every penny. I thoroughly recommend Michael A Hill, designer of the Dare to Dream logo and cover.

11. The publishing business model is bonkers!

I don’t know of any other industry where products are launched with virtually no marketing spend, but in the publishing world, this is a routine practice. Most debut authors only get a tiny slice of their publisher’s marketing budget. They then have a month for their book to start selling well before the stores clear the front tables and shelves ready for the next wave of new releases. When I was first signed by a publisher I naively assumed that I’d see posters advertising my book on the tube – I thought this happened for every book that got published. It doesn’t. And I’ve lost count of the number of authors I’ve spoken to who’ve become deeply disillusioned at the lack of marketing support they’ve received. But all is not lost because…

12. The internet is your new best friend

These days the internet makes it so much easier for authors to market their books themselves. Building your online profile via social media and growing a readership via your website and blog are fantastic ways of making people aware of your books. It also provides a great sense of community, something that can be all too lacking in the solitary, pyjama-clad world of the writer.

13. Getting dropped by a publisher is not the end of the world

In fact, it can be an exciting new beginning. With most writers only earning around £15,000 per year and most books only selling hundreds of copies (if that), the chances of being dropped by a publisher run pretty high. It happened to me after my first four books and it was devastating. But now I look back on being dropped as one of the best things that’s ever happened to me career-wise. It led to me developing a successful secondary career as an editorial consultant and writing coach and it made me write a book purely for the love of it – which went on to win an award and win me new book deals. Once I realised how crazy the publishing business model is, I redefined success. Now I no longer think of it in terms of book sales, I see success as pursuing my passion for writing and helping others through my words. Take the pressure off yourself by redefining success for you.

14. Indie publishing is great

In the fifteen years I’ve been writing I’ve had traditional deals for eleven books and I’ve self-published four. In my humble opinion, indie publishing is one of the most exciting things to have happened for writers. It allows us to take full control of our careers – giving us the opportunity to print what and how we want, often at very little cost. There was a time when self-publishing was sneeringly referred to as ‘vanity publishing’. But not any more. Now, many writers are making a great living from the much higher royalty rates indie publishing provides, and running thriving businesses, coining the term ‘author-preneur‘. For more info on the exciting world of the indie author check out the website: The Creative Penn.

15. And after all … it’s only writing

My ex is an actor. One time, we were at my mum’s house and he was talking about how much a friend of his had just been paid for his role in a movie. It was more than my social worker mum would have earned in ten years. ‘But I’ve just talked somebody out of killing themselves,’ my mum said incredulously, ‘and he gets paid all that just for pretending to be someone else.’ It was a sobering moment. The truth is, sometimes when we’re paid for a creative talent, it can lead to feelings of ‘specialness’. And if publishers, reviewers, readers shower us with praise, it can stoke our ego until it rages out of control. I once read an interview with a writer who talked about how ‘agonising’ it was when he was thinking up ideas for his latest masterpiece and his wife and children would insist on talking to him (the outrage!). In the end, he took to wearing a special cap whenever he was ‘thinking’ around the house so that they’d know not to talk to him. If I was his wife I’d have embroidered ‘SELF IMPORTANT EEJIT’ on to that cap. Having your family talk to you when you’re thinking isn’t ‘agony’. Working a back-breaking shift down a mine is agony. Don’t take all of the hoo-ha seriously. Write purely for the love of it and don’t believe the hype. Feel grateful and humble that you’re being paid to do something you love and enjoy every last moment of it.

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Dear Dare to Dream: How can I overcome illness to achieve my speaking dream?

Dear Dare to Dream,

I’m 16 and I recently bought your book True Face.

I am obsessed with it. I bought a journal to go with it and I follow all the little tasks you set. I find it incredibly helpful because for a few years now I’ve dealt with severe mental illness and confidence issues. You see, I have this disability called Marfan Syndrome. I don’t know if you’ve ever heard of it. But because of this I have abnormally skinny legs and arms. I also have two leaking valves in my heart that I may need surgery on soon. But basically I’m telling you all this because I have a dream of becoming a motivational speaker. And I discovered that I wanted to do this about 3 years ago. But battling depression and everything else it has been insanely hard to start. The thing is I have no idea where to start. My mind is always telling me that I’ll never get there. Or it’s a stupid dream to have. My family don’t really understand either. I mean, they live very simple lives you know? Normal jobs, children, cook, clean, sleep repeat. That sort of thing. But from a very young age I’ve always known that what they have isn’t the life I want. I dream of way more. But they sometimes belittle me because of my disability and treat me like an invalid. They say that I wouldn’t be able to take care of myself or anything.
Since I’ve been reading your book I’ve felt a lot happier about myself and about being happy. I am really determined to become a speaker and I realise that I’m going to have to fight my way through the negativity. But I just don’t know how to start and I’m scared that I won’t ever be able to do it.

Ps. Thank you so much for writing a book like True Face. I hope one day that I can be an inspiration to people just like you.

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Dear Inspirational Dreamer,

Thank you so much.

When I received your email I was lying on my bed crying my eyes out.

I was lying on my bed, crying my eyes out because someone close to me was very sick and I felt powerless to do anything to help them.

I also felt utterly exhausted.

Then I read your email and your words flicked a switch in my brain.

I read about your courage in the face of your illness.

I read about your subsequent struggles with mental health issues and the obstacles you encounter on a daily basis and the dreams you have in spite of all this.

And I felt humbled and inspired.

You say that you hope you can one day be an inspiration to people but you already are.

You inspired me that day and you warmed my heart with your kind words.

You made a massive difference just through the words of your email, so imagine what you could do in a motivational speech.

Sometimes, when we have big dreams, they can feel so far from our reach that we give up trying. The key is to break them down into smaller, more manageable goals.

You want to inspire people with your story and your words but you don’t know where to start.

Why not start by writing a blog?

Blogs are free and easy to set up – I recommend WordPress or Blogger. Also, writing a blog would be relatively easy to fit around your health issues and can be done from the comfort of your bed (guess where I’m writing this from?!)

Writing an inspirational blog would also enable you to build an audience. Then, when you take the step into motivational speaking, people will already have heard of you and I’m sure would be dying to see you speak in the flesh.

In terms of building your confidence as a speaker, I recommend the following:

Watch this.

Read this.

Check out Richard McCann’s website here.

Richard McCann is one of the UK’s most successful motivational speakers. He’s also an incredible example of someone who has overcome massive trauma and hardship to achieve great things. His mother was the first victim of Peter Sutcliffe, dubbed the ‘Yorkshire Ripper’.

You can download a free presentation skills ebook on Richard’s site. He also runs fantastic training days as part of his iCan Speak Academy. I attended it a couple of years ago and it was the best speaker training I’ve ever been on.

You talk about battling feelings of depression.

One of the most effective techniques I know of for helping alleviate feelings of depression, stress and anxiety is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. If you’re not already aware of it, look it up online. There are loads of sites offering CBT exercises for free.

Another really effective technique is mindfulness.

Next time you’re feeling depressed don’t fight it.

I know this sounds counter-intuitive but it really works.

When we fight an unpleasant feeling or emotion it only intensifies.

Try sitting with the feeling.

Breathing slowly and deeply.

And really welcoming it.

It’s amazing how quickly the feeling can dissipate when we do this.

You will be able to do achieve your dream, with hope and dedication.

Any time you feel yourself slipping back into negativity and fear do something to reignite your passion for your dream.

Watch an inspirational TED talk on YouTube. Take note of the techniques the speakers use.

Start planning a talk of your own.

When your family don’t seem to understand, remind yourself that this is your life and these are your dreams.

Keep working away on those dreams.

And hopefully when they see how committed you are to making your dreams come true they will come round and support you.

Let me leave you with this quote. A quote by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, which has really inspired me in my own career:

Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.” 

Ask yourself, how can I begin making my dream a reality today?

Take that one small step.

Then another the day after.

And wait for the ‘genius, power and magic‘ to strike.

Wishing you every happiness and success.

Siobhan x

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An Exciting New Chapter for Dare to Dream

In February 2013 I started a blog called Dare to Dream.

I had no great worldly ambitions for this blog – I didn’t even invest in a proper domain name, so it ended up with the rather unwieldy address: http://www.daretodreamcoaching.blogspot.co.uk which I imagine, in the world of websites, is like being clad in a hulking suit of armour, clomping around self-consciously amongst the sleek and shiny dotcoms.

In the ten years prior to starting the blog, life had taken me on a theme park’s worth of roller coaster rides. I’d left a marriage, landed a publishing deal, had four books published, lost a publishing deal, thought my life was over, started running weekly writers’ workshops and realised that an exciting new life had only just begun, got diagnosed with an auto-immune disease which (until the meds kicked in) made me cry over everything – like running out of peanut butter when all the shops were closed (oh, the agony!), trained as a life coach, fell in love, self-published a novel, almost lost my partner to cancer, home-schooled my son, went through a soul-destroying break-up, realised my son and I needed a fresh start so stuck a pin in a map (or the online equivalent, hovering a cursor over Google maps) and moved to a town we’d never been to before (best move ever), won a national book award (for the self-published novel), landed new publishing deals in the UK, France and Germany, trained to become a dance teacher purely to satisfy my long term Kids from Fame fantasy, and embarked upon a quest to find true love, which turned into a quest to find God or the Universe or whatever you want to call the something more we all experience when we allow ourselves to be truly silent and still.

As a result, I was brimming over with things I wanted to write about life and love and creativity. Starting a blog seemed like the natural thing to do but without the guise of fiction to hide behind I was really self-conscious about writing so personally, so I kept it very low key. Every week or so, I’d post a musing and politely mention it in passing to my Facebook friends and after a while, I noticed that they were sharing it with their friends and I had actual strangers commenting and liking posts a weird and wonderful feeling.

Then one day, a website based in California called DatingAdvice.com got in touch to tell me they’d awarded Dare to Dream a place in their Top Ten Blogs for Dating Courage. My first instinct was to ask, ‘but how the heck did you even know it existed?!’ They made special mention of a post I’d written about a relationship break-up I’d been through. It was probably the most personal thing I’d ever written, so I was deeply touched by this recognition.

More and more people started emailing me about the blog and how it had resonated with them. They opened up to me about their own lives and struggles.

Here’s one that touched me so much it made me cry (and not in an auto-immune-disease-running-out-of-peanut-butter way):

As I read your posts, I just get this sense that everything will be okay. That no matter what path my life will take, I’ll survive … perhaps prosper. You just seem so detached from expected social norms. You do what you want, you take risks, you rise above challenges. I can’t tell you how comforting it is to see you succeed, but also to see you fail and carry on. I feel as if I have a chance. That, with grit and poetry, I might just find a way to write my own books and share them with the world. That I can write … and be happy.

I love the way she talks about ‘grit and poetry’ isn’t that what we all need to get us through this crazy ride called life? Grit and poetry.

As I’m relaunching my coaching and workshops in September I thought it was high time I gave Dare to Dream a much-needed make-over – not to mention a sleaker domain name.

Please have a browse around and make yourself at home.

  • You can find some of the most popular posts from the old site right here.
  • And you can find some brand-spanking new posts here.
  • And if you’d like to work with me, please have a read about my coaching packages: Dream Mapping and Dare to Write.

I hope you enjoy the new-look Dare to Dream and your visit leaves you uplifted and inspired.

Siobhan x

Coming soon … Dare to Dream, the book. A collection of inspirational musings on life, love and creativity.

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