Meet the Author: Margi Gibb

MARGI’S TOP WRITING TIP: I studied writing in the early ’80s in Melbourne. I don’t remember much about what I studied, but I do remember one of the teachers – an author himself – stating, `a writer is a person who writes’. That always stuck with me, because basically that`s what it comes down to: fronting up and putting the words down on the page.

Margi Gibb publicity image Margi Gibb was born in the Victorian high country. She is a singer, songwriter, visual artist, adventurer, survivor, writer and educator. An earlier version of her memoir Kissed by a Deer was written as the creative product of her PhD. It is her first full-length work of non-fiction. Margi currently lives in Melbourne, Australia, where she works as a learning advisor for an international college. Find Margi on Facebook.

AUTHOR INSIGHT

Why do you write? I`m a storyteller and stories beckon to be told, so writing is one of those things I feel compelled to do. In a way stories are all we have to help us understand and make sense out of life. I love sharing a good story.

What would you be doing if you weren’t a writer? I`ve always written in some form or another so it`s difficult to imagine not doing it, but I also like to paint, sing and play guitar. If I`m doing not doing one them, then I`m doing the other. I love all forms of creative practice.

What was your toughest obstacle to becoming published? I`m very fortunate: I`m not one of those writers who struggled to find a publisher. I intuitively and intellectually knew where to send my manuscript – the toughest part was summoning the courage to send it.

What’s the best aspect of your writing life? The best aspect of my writing life is the creative engagement with the text. I love working with the words on the page: they demand absolute concentration – so writing becomes a form of meditation for me: a way of finding stillness.

—the worst? The physical pain of sitting for long, long, hours: writing requires a great deal of physical and mental energy.

What would you do differently if you were starting out now as a writer? I`m not sure if I`d do anything differently. I would have liked to have started to write books when I was younger, but the reality is my first book took a long time to incubate. I don’t believe in forcing a story, you have to let it grow and develop organically.

What do you wish you’d been told before you set out to become an author?  Buy a good chair because you’re going to need it. Seriously if you are about to embark on a long writing journey you need to ensure you have everything in place that looks after you physically, because when we write we tend to forget the body and spend a lot of time in our heads.

What’s the best advice you were ever given? `Take it like a writer’: be prepared to write – rewrite and edit, edit, edit.

BOOK BYTE

Kissed by a Deer

Kissed by a Deer

Margi Gibb 

Available from Booktopia and Amazon

 

Prepare to be swept away by a story that is intimate, true, and utterly compelling. Margi Gibb’s much-loved father dies and, with her immediate family largely gone, her life is changed irrevocably. Immersing herself more deeply in art and music, she travels to America to study the sacred art of the mandala, exploring the wisdom traditions of Indigenous Indian peoples in the process. Then after a serendipitous encounter back in Australia she travels to Dharamsala to care for children in an after-school program at a Tibetan women’s handicraft cooperative. Her underlying passion is to initiate guitar lessons for Tibetan refugees. What follows is unexpected. Margi’s developing bonds with two very different Tibetan men, Tenzin and Yonten, change her life in complex and enduring ways.

Eventually she journeys to Tibet. Kissed by a Deer is a book about East and West. It is a passionate quest for the personal and intellectual truth that only comes through lived experience. Gibb’s story gives us amazing places, and wonderful characters, people we come to love and care about despite their failings. In its pages, wisdom searchingly finds its humble roots in the connections of heart, imagination and mind; in the midst of the act of living.

 

 

 

 

Meet the Author/Publisher: Karen Weaver

KAREN’S TOP WRITING TIP: Surround yourself with people who love writing as much as you do. This can happen through online groups and socially through writers groups. It will help you grow. Most importantly of all, believe in yourself.

karen imageKaren is a mum to six beautiful children. Books and babies are her life. She has published three Spiritual Romance novels (The Visitor, The Wish Giver and The Memory Taker), numerous children’s books and has written some inspirational non-fiction pieces for three collections. Many of her books have received five-star reviews from Readers’ Favorite and The Visitor was a finalist in the 2012 readers’ favorite books awards.

She is passionate about everything books and assists fellow authors through the publishing process through her publishing company Serenity Press. This has earned her the honour of becoming a finalist in the 2015 Ausmumpreneur awards in the Business Excellence category.

 

AUTHOR INSIGHT

Why do you write? I love the freedom that comes with writing. I write in different genres so when I write for kids I hope to teach and make learning fun. When I write articles I hope that people enjoy my perspective on life. When I write novels my characters take on a life of their own and I enjoy sticking with them until the end to see where there journey goes.

What would you be doing if you weren’t a writer? Oh there is a thought. Well I imagine community work of some sort. I am a giving person and I have an insatiable urge to help people so that is where I am best placed. Before I moved to Australia and discovered writing I studied Humanities and taught drama to special needs students and I also worked in a mental health setting for a number of years.

What was your toughest obstacle to becoming published? Well publishing is a journey and no two journeys are the same. If you are a writer publishing your first book is a big step on that journey, it is a big box ticked and it is then that we really learn, grow and find our way as writers.

What’s the best aspect of your writing life? I live my dream. Writing is part of me. It makes me happy to express myself in through writing. I get the opportunity to meet amazing people that I may not have had the opportunity of meeting if I were not a writer.

—the worst? I can’t think of anything bad, I like to focus on the positives.

What would you do differently if you were starting out now as a writer? I would have read more.

What do you wish you’d been told before you set out to become an author? Oh this is a good question. That it is a lot of hard work but keep believing because it is an amazing journey, one that is unique to you. Be true to yourself and fulfil your own expectations not others’ expectations.

What’s the best advice you were ever given? To just be myself and write about what I love. Also don’t think of a book as the whole book as that can be overwhelming. Focus on writing a chapter at a time or even 1000 words. Every step counts. Most importantly of all, write consistently and enjoy it.

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All of Karen’s books can be found at the Serenity press bookstore www.serenitypress.org with only $6.50 shipping to anywhere in the world. All of her books are also available in eBook and print format on www.amazon.com and www.barnesandnoble.com

For a peek at Mamma Mac’s Home Made Children’s Books visit www.mammamacs.com

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