How much of the book is realistic? All of it. Living the Life You Love uses experiences from my own life that I lived and learned through, most of them quite painfully. But, that’s what makes my book unique—I tell it like it is, even when it is stuff I’m not proud of and wish I had done very differently. Because, if I can take responsibility for my choices and results thereof to the world, it gives others the courage to start admitting their own to the mirror.
Where do you see yourself in five years? Living in my dream house that overlooks the ocean and walking the beach at sunrise every morning before I sit down to write another bestseller, work with clients or make travel arrangements to my next speaking event at a fabulous locale. Yeah, there could be a man in that picture too…ssshhh.
Are you a city slicker or a country lover? I really like being close to everything these days. I grew up living away from town, plus all the years of mountain living in Colorado, and even the half-hour from town years here in Arkansas, have made me really appreciate convenience. Who knows what I’ll want to do tomorrow, but today, I’m loving easy city condo living a few steps from the lake.
Do you have any advice for writers? No matter how good you think your book is—or fabulous your friends and mother say it is—it probably isn’t as fabulous and flawless as you think. Hire a qualified professional editor to make sure you put your best foot forward “literally” speaking.
Do you have any specific last thoughts that you want to say to your readers? Living the life you love is possible, you just have to be willing to do the work. Yeah, it won’t feel good at first—and it would be easier to read an inspirational book of fluff stories to give you warm fuzzies—but if you want to change your life, you have to do the work. The good news is that it’s only hard at first. Once you get past that first look in the mirror, it gets easier to say, “Yeah, I did that and I’ve learned, and now I’m doing this.”
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Paula Renaye is a life and relationship coach, speaker and eight-time award-winning author. Her award-winning self-help book, Living the Life You Love: The No-Nonsense Guide to Total Transformation was named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best of 2012 and won the Independent Publisher IPPY Gold Medal for Self Help. The book is available worldwide in English, Spanish and Chinese. Writing as Paula Boyd, she is also the award-winning author of the Jolene Jackson Mystery Series. www.paulaboyd.com For more information, visit www.paularenaye.com.
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