Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Author Interview

-- World of Writing -- Author Interview --

As many of our loyal readers are already aware, I like to share author interviews every 3-6 weeks or so on this blog. I feel these interviews help our audience get a feel for what the world of writing actually entails, the behind the scenes activities, the individual challenges and the unique situations each writer will face. Today we have the pleasure of featuring Elise Brooke, author of The New Zealand Dream
She invites you to visit her at: , on Instagram @: mynewzealanddream or on FaceBook  

Q: Hi Elise! It is great to have you here today. I had such a good time doing the interview on your blog back in March, and now it is my turn to ask you the questions. :) We already introduced some of your social media and blog, and I know you also manage a a FaceBook group ( A Journey Of Transformation ), however before we delve too far into the interview let's have  you tell our audience a little about your work. 

The New Zealand Dream is a story and account of my life so far. You take a journey from birth, growing up in a beautiful country town. Moving to the suburbs, discovering New Zealand’s underground in Book One The Seeds Are SownLife has been a struggle and a uphill climb, I was born with learning difficulties that caused me challenges every day. My mother, who single-handedly raised my brother, and I suffered from mental health problems. I dived into the drug and alcohol scene at a young age, growing up surrounded by violence and gangs. I escaped a religious occult, got married and had children. 

In Book Two Growth And Destruction, before I hit the age of thirty, I am a divorced single mother. My support network passed away, and I sank into the world of abuse. I stayed trapped in an abusive relationship for over eight years until one night he nearly killed me and I escaped. You will meet characters you may relate to and characters that will shock you. I will lead you into the world that surrounded me and nearly killed me. 

In Book Three I will show you how I changed my world, escaped the traps, leading me here to tell my story.

Q: Oh My Gosh ! It sounds like you have been through a lot of adventures in your life, challenges that might have seemed insurmountable and it looks like you successfully made the journey of accepting and loving yourself. Sharing your through writing could really help people facing similar situations.  Tell us about your journey to publication… (How long have you been writing? Why did you decide to pursue writing?)

I have written and self-published two books in my autobiography series of three, called “The New Zealand Dream” by Sheila my pen name. I have written and published many content articles. In all I have been writing for 24 years, I started in short fiction stories and poetry. I write in many genres, at the moment I am finishing my last book in my autobiography series, writing a short horror story called “Taken Over” and a modern day romance called “Star gazing.” 

I am also a blogger and post regular articles and content there: and I am a writing mentor. I help others in their writing journey to complete their manuscript and share their story. I first decided to write stories and share mine to give hope and inspiration to others.

Q: Do you still have the first piece you wrote?
Yes I do, I keep all my first drafts and notes, hand written in a folder. These and photos would be the first thing after any humans and animals I’d grab if there was a fire they mean a lot to me.

My main reason when I do write poetry is for release to let my emotions out, and to touch another who reads it and make them think. Poetry is like my therapist along with music.

Q: Every writer approaches the work day a little differently. What is your typical workday like? (Do you stick to a writing schedule? Do you set daily goals?)

My typical work day is I get up at 7.30am, start my work day at 8.30am. I begin by checking my emails and responding, the next thing I do is engage with my audience and answer any questions, follow leads. I then provide a value or curiosity post to spark further engagement latter. I spend 3-4 hour, 4-5 mornings working on my story projects as this is when I’m freshest. I spend the afternoons creating articles, researching, and marketing or mentoring.

Q: What is the most difficult part of marketing for you?

The most difficult part of marketing to me is closing the sale, I can bring readers to me, engage, build trust and direct to subscribe/freebie but after subscription a lot do not buy. Also finding a suitable way to send my books overseas that is reasonable in shipping, at the moment if the reader is in Australia or NZ I can send them my book direct but overseas I have to refer them to Amazon as shipping is three times the book, ouch. 

Authors must develop what is known in the industry as an Elevator Speech, referring to being able to describe a book in a sweet, succinct manor. Would you mind sharing your Elevator Speech? Sell us on your books in 20 words or less. 

The New Zealand Dream, The Seeds Are Sown and Growth And Destruction by Sheila Smith; takes you on a journey around New Zealand starting with my parents New Zealand Dream, which quickly turned into my nightmare.

Q: Have you had, and how did you handle, writer's block?

I take a break, I do not force the writing process. Or I just write, even if it sounds like gobble-te-goop, and edit later. This helps me bring back the flow.

Q: Do you use certain tricks that help prevent you from straying from your goal?

I use a vision board with pictures of what I want in my life to focus on daily. I set goals with dates every day doing steps towards achieving these goals. I practice visualization, I visualize myself already achieving and holding the goal, how it smells, feels, the emotions, what it looks like to me etc to help build belief and faith.

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Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Media Appearance

Brummet's In the Media 

After 25 years in the #writing industry, when I'm pleasantly surprised by unusual and challenging #interview questions the experience becomes so much more enjoyable for me.

**Thank you Ashley for putting so much effort into making the interview so special.

I like the stock photos she chose... none of those are of us or our family, however the imagery does suit the interview and I'm so glad she chose them.

Please do check it out., leave a comment... share on your social networking channels :)

It was so much fun, for both Ashley and I, and we both really hope that you all enjoy it too.

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Monday, June 14, 2021

Quote of the Day

Quote of the Day

"A baby is born with a need to be loved 

and never outgrows it."

 ~ Frank A. Clark

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Sunday, June 13, 2021

Media Appearance


Today I am thrilled to announce that The Writer's Digest Network has published our article about the local Growing Fresh project,  which involves many nonprofits and volunteers helping people learn about gardening and then how to utilize that bountiful harvest. 

I hope you enjoy reading it :) Feel free to leave a comment on the Writer's Digest blog and be sure to browse their awesome site!

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Saturday, June 12, 2021

Garden pest: cabbage moth

Getting Rid of Cabbage Moth

 * Today's article was offered by Richard Haigh, and had some minor editing done by Lillian Brummet before publication here. Richard writes regularly at and invites you to read more of his articles about organic gardening there.

You do everything possible to have healthy growth and 'bang' your plants get slammed by some critter or another. This time it is cabbage moth that is causing trouble...

What do you do?

As more and more of us are concerned about climate change from chemicals and the like, we turn to the old ways of control. This means, in general, natural control for all those bugs that help themselves to our crops.

Cabbage moth layers its eggs on the leaves of cabbage, and caterpillars are the result. Rapid loss of leaves from your crop, is the consequence of this.
The best and sure way of dealing with this is to take a bucket of hot water and go round your plants daily and pick the caterpillars off and drop them in the bucket. This is takes time and is unpleasant.

A better way is to trap the month before the eggs are laid. You do this by placing a small board ( beer mat size is ideal ) around the crop area, smear a little treacle on it and you will catch quite a few months.

If you have a large patch of rhubarb, use the discarded leaves to make a strong tea, leave it to cool and pour over you crop, giving them a good soak. The idea here is that the smell that is given off confuses the moth and it will go else where. This must be done every four to five days, more often if it rains.

I have tried this and it does work, only trouble is you need a big patch of rhubarb.
Now this is the stuff that cabbage moth fear because it kills them dead. It is called Fire Spray. It really works well on most bugs and plants.

Fire Spray:

4 garlic bulbs
6 big hot chilli peppers or 3 tablespoon hot chilli powered.
4 squirts of liquid detergent
1 big spoon full of vegetable oil
35 fluid ounce of water ( 7 USA Cups )

Put the whole lot in a blender and then sieve through a coffee filter or some such.
Store in a jar in you fridge with a label.
If your blender is not big enough to take all that water; put in as much water as you can and add the rest after blending.
Put the mixture in a garden spray and do a little trail with it first to see what effect it will have on your plants. Spray it on both sides of the leaves and anything that you are unsure about, spray it on the ground around the plant. I spray it down rat holes and find that they soon move out and set up house somewhere else.

It was my neighbour on my allotment who gave me this recipe; it comes with a warning.

Always wear gloves and eye protectors. Wash your hands after use.

Spray your crop every three to six days or more often if there is rain.
When the cabbage moths have gone, I switch to a much lighter deterrent, preventative spray:

 4 ml natural liquid soap in a two pints of water 

Spray around crops once a week, on both sides of the leaves to keep most pests away.