My first book was just recently published in December of 2010. It is called Clutter Rehab: 101 Tips and Tricks to Become an Organization Junkie and Love It! It was written to help others develop the necessary skills needed for living an organized life.
Tell us something about yourself.
I live in Alberta, Canada although I only just moved here from BC last August. I started my blog back in May of 2006 when I was home on maternity leave with my youngest. At the time he was only 6 months old and I was craving some adult interaction. My site provided that plus so much more. It’s allowed me to stay home with my kids by providing a steady income on the side. I love being able to work around their schedules. As my youngest got older and started preschool I added Professional Organizing to the mix.
What inspired you to write this book?
I have such a passion for organizing that was discovered out of necessity really. When my family lived in a small bungalow with no basement I had to get really creative with my space to increase storage. It soon became a game for me and I was hooked! Now I love sharing this passion with others in hopes that they become hooked along with me. As a mom to three kids I understand how overwhelming life can get sometimes and so I wanted to write this book to share the tips I have learned along the way that continue to help me keep chaos and clutter from consuming my life…most of the time J
What obstacles did you encounter in getting this book published? How did you overcome them?
I was very fortunate that the publisher of my book, Ulysses Press, contacted me after reading my site. They liked what they read and asked if I would be interested in writing a book. To be honest it wasn’t something I’d ever considered and I hesitated at first as I worried about the time involved. Writing a tips book simplified the process for me and I’m happy that this format also makes it very easy to read as well. Perfect for busy schedules! The smaller size makes it ideal for throwing into a purse or bag and reading it on the go when time allows.
Do you have any writing rituals?
Popcorn, lots & lots of popcorn! It became very apparent to me that I couldn’t write without my mouth moving J
Did you learn anything from writing and publishing this book? What?
I learned that writing doesn’t come naturally for me and so to discipline myself to sit and write was a lot of work. I’m proud of the fact that I was able to complete it in such a short time frame but I’m not so sure I’m keen to do it again anytime soon.
What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?
Don’t be afraid to ask for help and accept help! There were moments of complete stress for me trying to find the time to write, especially while trying to maintain home life with a husband and three kids. My parents kindly offered to take the kids for a month in the summer so I could do some concentrated writing. It made all the difference and I’m not sure I would have accomplished it without their help.
Who is the perfect reader for your book?
Anyone who is feeling overwhelmed with clutter and chaos in their life can benefit from reading this book. Not only do I provide practical tips for day to day living but longer term tips as well for maintaining your new found organization. My goal is to create organizing junkies everywhere!
Where can readers learn more about you and your book?
More information about my book can be found on my site here:
And it can be purchased online either at Amazon.com or Amazon.ca