‘Knocked 4 Six’ – A book written from the heart was published and released by Amazon on the 3rd of May 2021. It was a challenging and rewarding experience to write this book and it gave me the opportunity to add value to the lives of those who read it .
It took me a while to get to the point where I felt that ‘I’ could give it a go. The book itself had been a long time coming so you may be wondering why it took so long for me to get there.
Well, you’re right to wonder…
To be honest, I don’t really have an answer to that – but then, this book is based on actual events, which have been marinating in deep feelings over many years.
Something very unusual happened to me when I was a child and it’s impacted every aspect of my life since. I had to feel ready to write it. I needed to feel right about writing it.
One thought that also plagued me was the idea that I was a speaker, not a writer and this thought kept stopping me from taking the first step. I didn’t feel qualified and wasn’t sure that I could actually do it. I then remembered that I had always been an advocate for stepping out of our comfort zones and giving new experiences a go, so when my daughter Feto suggested that I write my story (following a long line of others who had said the same thing), I decided to take my own advice and I went for it. I wasn’t sure where this journey would lead or whether there would be an actual destination for me, but I kept putting one step in front of the other until eventually I saw and then got to the finishing line.
I celebrated this achievement in my mind but still had doubts about its value, so I asked 40 people to read and review the raw draft before I invested in editing and proof reading. I was amazed and encouraged by the feedback I received – a diverse group of people endorsing the book. Now I knew that I was onto something. Something good!
I LEARNT A BIG LESSON, AND I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE IT WITH YOU. NEVER SECOND GUESS OR DOUBT YOURSELF – GO FOR WHATEVER YOU YOUR MIND TELLS YOU TO.
You never know, you might come up trumps. Even if you don’t, you will definitely learn something valuable.
So, a little bit about the book:
My intention was to create a novel-style feel to the book (even though it isn’t fiction) and, most importantly, that the reader took something valuable away from my story.
I hoped that the reader could learn from my experiences.
KNOCKED 4 SIX! (Going from Hopeless to Hopeful) is a book designed to entertain, uplift and educate. I wanted it to be an easy read and feel mostly like a novel – uplifting – in the sense that it inspires hope (and each reader can see that there’s always a way forward or a way out) – and educational – in the sense that the reader either learnt from some of my experiences or related to them and then incorporated some of the tools and tips outlined in the latter part into their life.
My hope was to uplift, enlighten and encourage. And to highlight that ‘hope’ is something that’s available to us all.