Guest Post: It's No Secret by @crazykids48 @AneCater #RandomThingsTours

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Danielle knew early on that she was not like most children at her school. With a chaotic home life riddled with violence, neglect, abuse, and poverty she learned early on how to survive and adapt. Every challenge taught her a valuable lesson about resilience and self-motivation allowing her to develop an unshakable positive mindset, along with a sense of humour. This book takes the reader on a journey detailing the life-changing events which tested Danielle’s resilience and willpower. She bravely shares the difficult choices she was forced to make in order to safeguard her precious family as long-forgotten secrets are revealed. This uplifting, shocking and empowering book chronicles Danielle's story and her determination to never let her past define her future. It promises to inspire the reader that change and choice are absolutely possible and that nothing is ever insurmountable.


Guest Post:

My Road to Publication

I have always written, whether it short stories, the start of books or poetry. I am an avid reader and toyed with the idea of putting my story to paper for many years, yet three things stopped me.
1. FEAR- fear of failure, what if I can't write, people thought it was crap 
2. Lack of Know How- how did I start writing, what did I do once it was finished?
3. Other peoples opinions! Who was I to write a book, why is she doing it!!

These three objections stopped me for years, UNTIL... July 2017.

I paid for a personal development course which I didn't know then, would change my life. I was in a dark place, feeling isolated, stressed and unable to detect from my traumatic past. I could barely afford it, yet found the dollar and went along, a little skeptical I hasten to add.
Part of the course was sitting and telling my story. I spoke for 2 hours nonstop, starting at the beginning, ( a very good place to start) and ending with how I felt that day. I spend up that I had always wanted to write a book to inspire and help others come through adversity and trauma, but was clueless and petrified.

Sharon looked me in the eye and with the absolute confidence told me to just do it! I know it sounds very Nike Ad. but all I had needed was the belief from someone whom I trusted and I was away. I couldn't wait to get home to start.
That night I wrote 500 words. I had in my head I needed 72k ish words and wrote constantly until finally in May 2018 the book was finished.

I printed out my huge manuscript, yet had no idea what to do with it. I was terrified of applying to agents. what of every single one though it was terrible and that I couldn't write at all! Terror once more stopped me and it gathered dust on my desk for 2 more months.

In July 2018 a friend of a friend appeared on my FB page. I stalked her a little and realised that she helped people to write and publish books. Mine was already written, so with trepidation, I called her and ask asked for her help.
I sent my manuscript over and engaged Author's and Co to get my book to print.

Finally, on 15th November 2018 my book It's No secret, Thriving after Surviving came out. It went to No. 1 in 3 categories by 8am that morning and knocked Oprah off the No 1 spot. 
For me, writing was about giving others the gift of hope and empowerment.
It's about sharing my dark, sometimes scary and socially unacceptable story in the hope that just one survivor also steps out towards their ideal life and that anyone who is faced with challenge or adversity can find the strength to get through it and not just bounce back, but bounce forwards.



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