What inspired you to write your memoir?
100 Horse Chestnut opens with "It's in the moment when life is at its lowest ebb that we learn our greatest lessons." That notion is what inspired me to write about this smallest of areas in my life that had the biggest impact. It changed the way I viewed life and I was inspired to explore what other life-path-altering changes were made as a result of those and other challenges.
About your Book:
How can a cycle round Sicily to see a tree provide a life-changing experience for anyone? To become stronger as a result of being in its presence, is often described as a miracle. But what happens when you believe some higher power has a hand in a situation you believed was beyond your control? By putting Kaye Bewley’s experience in the face of adversity to work, and by applying her thought process to life, 100 Horse Chestnut gives an answer.
How did you decide how to publish your book and where is it published through:
BewleyBooks is my own publishing platform. I enjoy the whole writing, promoting and publishing process. Providing that platform for other people gives me a buzz and I love the work involved in it.
How do you see writing a Memoir as different from writing other genres of books?
I'm a non-fiction fan. Love books that tell me about how other people have arrived at certain crossroads in their lives – ones that show you what brought them to a point where they realised change was needed. It's usually after experiencing a challenge of some kind. In memoirs, you find out what those challenges were and how they were handled.
Kaye Bewley (BUW-LEE) is an author, publisher and presenter whose latest work is ‘100 Horse Chestnut – A Memoir’. Her previous work includes a collection of psychotherapy self-help books, a couple of short stories (with a psychological metaphor at their heart), and the best selling ‘How to be an author – Vol. 1: Writing Your Writing’, which gets authors motivated to master their own psychological need to produce the written word.
Since the day she put her own special brand of performance tactics to the test at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 1988, and then qualified to practice professionally as a psychological confidence booster, Kaye Bewley has headed-up such presentations as:
•’Rocking the Relationship Boat’ in London
•’Dealing with the Brain Blues’ in Middlesex, and
•’The Emotional Rollercoaster’ in Germany
She set-up her own publishing platform, BewleyBooks, from which she released her debut book ‘Depression – how to help yourself through it’ in 2013. She has two books being released in the autumn, a non-fiction self-help book for authors, ‘How to be an author – Vol.2: Promoting Your Writing’, and an intimate memoir ‘100 Horse Chestnut’.
Kaye Bewley’s career as an author essentially took off when she gave birth to her quietly celebrated column ‘The Village Newbie’ in the Powick Paper in 2014. In 2016, after a two-year stint she finished writing her column, having grown her readership from the local community to thousands of subscribers around the world on social media. Meanwhile, she has developed and published a spooky novel for an American firefighter, is working on a God-led world-changing tome for a Vietnam Vet and has in the pipeline an ultra special project for an ex-con based in Australia.
Born in Slough (thanks really goes to Gervais, Betjemen and Mars – the chocolate factory, not the planet – for bringing the location into the public eye), she has lived in Surrey and also graduated with a Master of Arts in Psychotherapy from Nottingham Trent University. She currently lives in Worcestershire, UK, and walks the Malverns when she’s not feeling too lazy.