Why are you THE Next Favorite Author?
My original, thought-provoking stories take readers through a wide range of emotions that makes them unforgettable.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
Only recently, although in 2000 a tarot reader told me I would write a book. I didn’t know what to make of it. I’ve always been a bookworm, but never thought of becoming a writer. Moreover, for the previous two years I’d been struggling with a crippling pain in the upper part of my body, especially in my wrists. My GP had sent me to yoga classes and to see a few practitioners, then told me that I was suffering from repetitive strain injury and there was nothing she could do for me. It could only get worse. Would I really be able to write a book? And what would I write about, exactly?
As you can imagine, my first priority was to heal. Given that I couldn’t count on my GP, I started the journey to recovery on my own. I tried many alternative and complementary therapies. Each one helped me a little. However, one healer gave me the key to go back to health by lending me a book by Louise Hay, “You can heal your life.” It blew my mind because it connected diseases with thought patterns. Muscles problems, for example, are linked to resistance to new experiences, and my resistance derived from an idea of success imposed to me by society.
Holding an Italian first degree in Business Economics, I was expected to be in a glamorous job and climb the social ladder. Being an immigrant in London, reality was different. Nobody was interested in my degree because I had no experience, so the only jobs offered to me were jobs I considered menial and felt frustrated after a while.
If I wanted to be happy and healthy, though, I had to ditch the conviction that success equals high social status and choose success equals what makes me happy. I had to focus on my internal expectations and not on the ones society had inculcated in me. Problem was, I didn’t know what I wanted to do!
So I just went with the flow. I agreed to follow my husband to France and run a coffee shop with him there. When our daughter was born we moved to Italy to stay near to my parents, because we feared she would be all alone in a foreign country if something happened to both of us.
In Italy I worked in the family business using my degree, at last. On the one hand, I was happy to be in a job that challenged me, on the other hand I soon realized that it wasn’t for me. My soul longed for something more meaningful, in line with my core values. I wanted to help people somehow. Even if I had trained as a Spiritual Healer back in London, I couldn’t see myself working as a healer anymore, so the search for my calling was still on.
In those four years in Italy (between 2007 and 2011) I was working and looking after our daughter with some help from my mum. I was in pain most of the time and I felt lonely, because my husband soon relocated to the South of England to open a coffee shop with a partner.
It was 2008 when I felt it was the right time to start writing the book the tarot reader had told me I would write. Among the genres, I chose science fiction. I consider it as applied philosophy and sociology, played out in a safe environment, and it was fun.
The process of writing was slow going, because I had little time to dedicate to this project and so much to learn. Only after settling down in Folkestone on the English Riviera my health improved. I attended Creative Writing courses, and my passion for writing blossomed. I started to believe that I could make it as a writer and I felt that I had found my calling at last.
About the Author Blurb
Born in Italy in 1968, Angela currently resides in Folkestone (UK), where she frequented a few courses on Creative Writing. Her love for science fiction convinced her to teleport herself to London to attend a one-day workshop led by bestselling SF author David Wingrove on what makes SF tick. Still eager to learn how to hone her craft, she also followed an intensive writing course with renowned author Gay Hendricks. Her short story A New Beginning appeared in The Folkestone 2014 Anthology, her novelette Homecoming was published in the SF magazine Nebula Rift in 2014, and her science fiction romance novella Across Spacetime was recently released by Fountain Blue Publishing. She is currently working on its sequel and she volunteers as Deputy Editor with the magazine Storyteller.
Where can we buy the books?
Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/2k6A3l7
Amazon US: http://amzn.to/2nKjoWC
Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/2nIasPU
How can we follow you on Facebook?
My author page is: https://www.facebook.com/angelaguidolinauthor/
What is your Twitter Handle? @guidolin_angela
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LinkedIn account: https://www.linkedin.com/in/angela-guidolin-6832057