A Motley Bunch Issia Jordan

ISBN: 9781514350393

Published: June 17th 2015

Paperback

112 pages


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A Motley Bunch  by  Issia Jordan

A Motley Bunch by Issia Jordan
June 17th 2015 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 112 pages | ISBN: 9781514350393 | 8.14 Mb

Im an international management consultant, Life Coach and alternative health therapist. I hold a degree in Social Psychology and an MBA, plus certification in energy therapies, the Bowen Technique, Life Coaching and Sophrology. After living in fifteen countries and working in seventeen, on four continents, I now live in France with my husband and two dogs.Here is my ‘selfie’ interview…Issia Jordan, where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?I grew up all over the world: Europe, Asia, Africa… I first went to school in Malaysia, learning to read and write at the age of three.

My father was a great story teller and my mother encouraged me to read. As I was a poor sleeper, I devoured books. I think being exposed to so many different cultures growing up made me open minded and curious. How has that influenced my writing? I want to write about many subjects, in different genres. The advice to newbie authors to produce a series sticking to one genre to develop your brand image feels like a terrible straightjacket!What are your five favorite books, and why?o The Life of Pi, by Yann Martel: a clever book, a story within a story, I like the allegory, the imagination, the way three different religions feed different worldviews.

We choose how we structure and destructure reality, so there is no one reality.o The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini: I spent some time in Afghanistan in the seventies and was impressed with the locals’ generosity and the stark landscapes. Hosseini’s beautifully eloquent writing brought many memories back and presses home the drama afghans are caught up in.o Sexing the Cherry, by Jeannette Winterson: A bizarre fairy tale for adults mixing reality and fantasy.

Her imagination runs wild and her prose is often beautiful.o Touching the Void, by Joe Simpson: I love mountaineering books, though I don’t understand how anyone can be quite so masochistic! And brave! Harrowing true story about a man who faced with death refused to give up.o The Perfect Storm, by Sebastian Junger: a documentary that reads like fiction, a knowledgeable and gripping reconstruction of the worst storm of the century.What do you read for pleasure?Thrillers, extreme adventures, animal stories, self-help books.What is your e-reading device of choice?I still prefer paper to digital formats.

I read business and self help e-books on my computer as I have a big screen, and digital novels on an i-pad, but I’d rather have a book in hand, which is why I have a big library of unread e-books on my I-pad!Describe your deskOrganized chaos in eight square meters. I sit at a modern Ikea pale wood desk facing a big arched window. Behind me is an antique desk, with a red and gold leather top, that belonged to my parents. I have wooden beams overhead, and stone walls that date back to 1820.When did you first start writing?Can’t recall.

I wrote short stories as a teenager and wrote my first fiction manuscript in my early thirties.Whats the story behind your latest book?My latest book, A Motley Bunch, is about the lost or abused dogs I took in and about other pets I came across over the years.What is the greatest joy of writing for you?Losing myself in it, and giving others something of value: entertainment, escape, a wider world view, practical knowledge…What are you working on next?Three books: a documentary on dogs- a business thriller- and a business book on essential thinking.What inspires you to get out of bed each day?My two dogs licking my face.How do you discover the ebooks you read?I start with Bookbub suggestions, and that leads me to look up other recommendations.What is your writing process?For fiction I have a basic starting point and I let the writing determine where it goes.

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