Dreaming big: I was the best at it!
Ever since I could dance I wanted to work in the creative arts. Dancer, actor, the stage; it’s all I wanted as a child.
When I turned 14 that dream was abruptly taken from the realms of possibility for me.
I became ill. And I never recovered.
Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, or as it is more publicly known: chronic fatigue syndrome.
What followed in the years after were a handful more chronic diagnoses – and one very fractured teenage heart.
Fast forward fifteen years and I am still chronically ill – the hint is in the name after all! But since my first dream floated away my illnesses have not only taken from me. New dreams found me.
And I found stories and writing.
I’d always been a bookworm, but never realised I could maybe write myself. As I attended university – taking longer than other students, but graduating all the same, actually fulfilling a dream! – and majored in English literature I learned about writers and how they shaped their stories.
I then went on to study Journalism and write myself. A whole new world opened up as I wrote non-fiction for work and fiction in my free time.
Fast forward another ten years of flaring illness and subsequent partial recovery, and my dream today is to help other science fiction and fantasy writers, especially those with a chronic illness or disability, write their book and helping them fulfil their dream.
Throughout the years there is something else I gained through my illnesses: a deep understanding of the importance of empathy, kindness and support.
They are now my pillars as a book coach.
With my university degrees in Journalism and English literature, my book coaching certification with Author Accelerator, a desire to help others and my experiences as a spoonie and a writer, I am fully equipped to help you write your book.
Is it your dream to write a book? You lucky human! There is nothing more empowering and rewarding than to invest in writing your novel, no matter what your health circumstances are!
Would you like help as you do so? Have your personal cheerleader, craft expert and creative sounding board as you write? And in my case also someone who understands the daily life and struggles of illness and disability?
Then check my services or email me if you have any questions about how I could best support you write your book!
Sandra is a talented and attentive mentor who knows how to put writers at their ease, and fosters a safe environment where even the most fragile writing stages are nurtured and encouraged into growth. I had a wonderful time working with her.Clio Velentza, author of “The Piano Room” (Fairlight Books, 2021)