Claire Plaisted, a New Zealand force of nature in the form of a mother, author, editor, publisher and book promoter, has agreed to take some time to do my no-question interview and say what my key words mean to her…
What are dreams? Where do they come from and what do they mean? In the literal sense, I have no idea. Dream Therapy isn’t something I’ve touched in my life so far.
Going back to my childhood my dream was to marry, though not a red head…Oops. After 25 years of marriage to my darling redhead, I found it was the best thing I ever did. Of course, as your grow and change your dreams for your future change as well. By the time I was at High School I wanted to be a computer tech. Computers were just starting to emerge to the public and at schools. I loved them. Uploading from a tape recorder, drawing houses with a set of numbers in a certain sequence. It was cool. Then came the disappointment. I wasn’t allowed to take computer studies because it was just a fad… Another oops. Never mind I plodded onwards. Never really getting the career I wanted. It seems reality was going to wipe away my dreams.
Growing up we used to receive gifts from New Zealand. The country and culture intrigued me. I had a new dream. I wanted to have a holiday there. I got that dream in 1989 and for once, I never looked back. You see I fell in love and ended up living in New Zealand. I love this country, the culture, my family. It is an amazing place to be, though a tad expensive these days.
All I dream for now are grandchildren. Going to be waiting a long time for them, so meanwhile I enjoy my friends’ photos of grandchildren on social media.
Stress to me is a negative word which I try to remove from my life as much as possible. Like a lot of people, I have depression. Most of the time I’m lucky and it doesn’t rule my life, however there have been times then I have literally disappeared into a fog and taken several weeks to shift the stress away from me so I can recover. With every negative which touches me, I try and find the positive within. I also suffer anxiety in various situations. To be totally honest my crashes generally arrive if or when several negative things happen at once. The rest of the time I deal.
Release a breath of satisfaction of surviving another day surrounded by those I love and those who love me.
Support is something you give and can receive in life. I am one of those people who likes to give support, to help people find the positives, to teach and show them what is possible. I support my family with love as I do with my friends. I must admit I am not good as asking or taking support when I need. I tend to think I am self-sufficient, when I know I’m not. I block it away and keep moving forward.
I love to see people grow and change. One lady in particular who I admire is Patty Fletcher. She has changed so much in the last two years, growing and taking back her positive attitude. Building on what she knows and learning new things to better herself. Enjoying her life more and helping others where she can. Her strength is amazing.
Support is also what I do with my marketing magazine, helping Indie Authors get their books out there. I have no idea how widely shared the magazine is. I think it does need more support to make it grow. The thought of how many I email it to who don’t open it at all…is to a degree sad. I am hoping to find a way to gather more support and keep the light burning. I am amazed the magazine has been running for over a year.
With the world model usually comes those stick thin women who walk down the runway. Well with me it was models of a different kind. Airfix Kits, be them figurines of kings and queens, ships, animals and aeroplanes. They brought us hours of JOY and family time.
Children or magazine. They are different, though both have a life of their own. I have three out of four beautiful children. All grown up now, though my son is in his final year at high school. All still live at home though perhaps not for much longer. You see it is travel time, though I’ll cover that as part of JOURNEY.
Magazine – I issue a free marketing magazine out every month for Indie Authors and those who support them. It helps to widen everyone’s social media presence. It covers all genres and is family friendly. With ‘The Indie Publishing News’ magazine doing so well I have recently started one up for Erotic Indie Authors. The first issue goes out this month.
My journey in life not just in writing and business. Life has a way of making you realise every moment is different and for a reason. Your life is your journey to learn what you need to know, perhaps what you missed in a different life. We are all born to a body, though our souls continue until they have learnt what they need to go to the next level. We all live for a reason—it is finding the reason that is your journey. Are you there yet?
Personally, I have no idea. I had a wonderful childhood even though I didn’t have many friends. I journeyed through been bullied from age 7 – 18. How it affected me, how it affects different people—is what you need to learn to move forward. Some don’t, which is very sad, though I believe when your journey is over, then it is over.
I have had many different types of journeys in this life giving me a wide range of information, ideas and learning which I can share. These experiences have made me who I am today. Though I’d probably not like anyone seeing deep inside me. That stone wall won’t be toppling any time soon and when it does god help me.
I have had several journeys with my children – from perfections to disabilities. What a learning curve that was and still is today. As a mother I am over protective, which is probably why my children still live at home. Four journeys through birth, several journeys though death and the best journey of all is with LOVE. My husband is amazing. He is my world. Our journey in marriage and family has had many ups and downs, though we stay strong and committed to each other, looking forward to travelling and retirement. Our next journey starts later this year or perhaps next year. We shall see.
I suppose there is a lot of relevance in my life these days. In the past walking in my ancestors’ footsteps became my family history research. These days my writing of books moved my journey towards publishing and helping others. Life interconnects in many different ways.
Joy is my marriage, the birth of my children and one day (hopefully) the birth of grandchildren. Joy is family, respecting, helping, learning, teaching and so much more. It is positive energy which I love to share. Joy is a hug and a smile. It is an acknowledgement of so much the human race is missing. I wish JOY was the thing which made the most profit in this world and then perhaps we could be at peace with each other.
My Haven is my sanctuary of peace and love of the positive life I try and lead.
The latest book by me is Princess of the Earth. It is an old story which I have republished after reworking it and making a new book cover and teasers.
It is about a young girl called Zoe who have her own journey of discovery with myths and legends which she only thought were stories. With Fairies, Nymphs, Old Father Time, Gaia on the good side and Cronus, Trolls and Ogres on the bad side it is a battle to see who wins the day.
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Dear Claire, thank you so much for sharing this side of you with the readers! Happy journey!