What inspired you to write your memoir?
I have always kept journals and both my books are based on my journal entries during happy, sad and challenging periods in my life. I hope that by sharing how I dealt, and coped, with life events that are not unique to me, others may be inspired and motivated as they navigate challenging times.
About your Book:
The title says it all: what we have and where we are. This book, the sequel to Glass Half Full: Our Australian Adventure, follows our French exploits as we endeavour to rebuild our lives in another new country, after spending four and half years in Australia. Our goal, or hope for the immediate future, is to focus positively on the present, so that we can start a new, optimistic future back in Europe. Our main aim is to be nearer to the children, leaving the dark clouds of the challenges we faced in Australia as a distant memory. Journey with us as we arrive in rural South West France; enjoy my reflections, thoughts, and observations about my family, our new surroundings, and our lifestyle. Follow the journey of my writing career and how we start our renovation project while managing our convoluted family life. Once again, we will laugh, cry, and enjoy life to the fullest with a generous helping of positive spin thrown in for good measure.
How did you decide how to publish your book and where is it published through:
This is my second book self-published through Amazon. I enjoy the freedom that indie publishing affords me. However, I know I am on a steep learning curve and every day I am enhancing my knowledge and developing my writing skill set in response to networking with fellow authors and readers.
How do you see writing a Memoir as different from writing other genres of books?
Memoir writing is about truth, and sharing your story with a variety of readers. Some readers will relate to your experiences, others are curious or want to learn or develop from our work. In other genres you are writing to please your readers.
Author Sarah Jane Butfield was born in Ipswich, and raised in rural Suffolk, England.
Fulfilling her childhood dream and becoming a nurse, was just the start of her amazing journey. Her nursing and teaching qualifications would take her around the world, enabling her to work in all fields of nursing, education and management. However, after 27 years as nurse, wife and mother of four children and three step-children, Sarah Jane has now achieved another long held ambition,that of becoming a published author.
Glass Half Full: Our Australian adventure is her debut travel memoir, but she is also a published freelance magazine journalist and blogger, in the healthcare and writing arenas. The sequel, Two dogs and a suitcase: Clueless in Charente, was published 3rd June 2014.
In addition to her non-fiction books, she is currently working on a series of self-help books for people facing challenging life events and tough family situations, based on her real life experience of divorce, bereavement, child custody issues, migration, parenting, etc.
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