What work do you do?
I’m a USA Today bestselling author of young adult fiction books, youth mentor and soon to be life coach. I love to inspire teens to be who they want to be. I believe they are capable of anything if they put their minds to it.
When you were at school did you know what you wanted to do?
I had absolutely no idea what I wanted to do when I was at school. I was too busy trying to fit in, following the crowd without having my own voice and passions. It wasn’t until in my early 20s that I found myself, what I loved doing and found my passions.
How did you get started?
I started my own small business at the age of 19. I made handmade jewellery and screen-printed homewares which I started selling at local handmade markets. I loved creating a product and then building my confidence by selling at markets.
I’ve always loved reading and journal writing. Three years ago, I thought of a story idea and I told my friend. She said, “What are you waiting for, just write it.” So that’s what I did. Now three years later I’ve written and self-published seven books.
Writing is such a great therapy, a way to get the thoughts out of your head and on to paper. You can create worlds and characters that you put your heart and soul into.
What do you love most about your work?
I love creating stories and empowering self-help books to give back from my own experiences in life. It lights me up to know that I am helping share a powerful message to those in need. Writing is a release for me, a way to get out all the thoughts and stories that are taking over my mind.
What’s been your biggest ‘fail’ so far?
In high school I remember doing things I regretted just to be cool, following the crowd just to fit in and not feeling strong enough to say no and go my own way. That’s something I do regret, but I believe we all go through tough experiences for a reason. Mine was so that I could learn from my mistakes and become stronger for it. It means I can give back to my lessons and help others who are experiencing similar difficulties. I make mistakes all the time, but afterwards it I learn from it and that’s the most important thing.
What’s your biggest accomplishment so far?
Believing in myself. I’ve achieved so much in my life already which is great, but supporting and believing in myself would be my biggest accomplishment.
Who helped you get to where you are today?
My parents. I put them through hell through my teen years, but they’ve always been there for me. My boyfriend he has taught me to be confident. My best friend – she has taught me to be proud and true to myself. I’ve also had help from life coaches, psychologist and friends. They have been a huge help in my self-discovery and confidence.
How has technology changed your industry in the last 5-10 years?
Social media is definitely the key to sharing your message and business. It’s great to show the face behind the brand and get yourself out there.
Do you have any advice for young girls thinking about a career in your industry?
You’ve got this. Go with what lights you up, what you can’t stop talking about to your friends and family. You have what it takes. We all have a unique story to tell.
In your wildest dreams, what would you love to do every single day and get paid for it?
Write stories, mentor others to write their own story, run workshops for writing and confidence and speak at events to share my story and empower others.