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I am a full-time mama with a passion for writing and talking to fascinating people. I live in a one horse town with a Cowboy and my son. Thank Lord for cyberspace! I lived a colourful life in Sydney for a number of years. Working in advertising and journalism for FPC and the Sydney Morning Herald. During my time in Sydney I competed in a Dragon Boat race, choreographed a dragshow, used the Share Accomodation advertisements as a way to meet men and was told by Noiseworks frontrunner Jon Stevens that I was a bitch! Then came the decision to move back to country for 3 months to help out my Father with newspaper business while he was having treatment. Convinced I was a city girl I was caught by surprise when I fell in love with a farmer (and no, he didn't want a wife... still doesn't it seems!) convinced him that we needed to see the world, popped off to Vietnam to teach english in Saigon - before realising that the "food" in Nam didn't agree with me... turned out to be Monte - my son who is now with the Cowboy and I back in country NSW! I am in a wonderful stage of my life where I am focusing on the things that really make me tick. Including writing these chronicles.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Grist Almighty! Inspirational new author interview

I am so excited to have met another woman who does what she loves.
Alice Grist.
She has just had her first book "The High Heeled Guide to Enlightenment" published and it really strikes a chord with me and I haven't even READ IT YET!

"In the modern age of high speed, high tech, high maintenance, Alice Grist brings us the warm and witty book, The High Heeled Guide to Enlightenment for women who are looking to connect to something other than their internet provider and gain an understanding of alternative spirituality.
This book provides spirituality for the sexy socialite, enlightenment for the lipgloss dependent and a crash course in serenity for the yummy mummy!
Veering between the wildly faddish and fashionable to the freakier and less familiar, the High Heeled Guide sheds a pink and intelligent spotlight upon a diverse collection of spiritual options that well suit the modern woman.
An intriguing, informative and hilarious read for any woman who knows deep in her worn down sole that there is more to life than cars, careers, kids and cocktails."

Alice's book is receiving much hype in the UK and I have no doubt this trend will continue internationally.

Here is my interview with Alice:

Tell me about yourself and why you wrote this book.

I was born the daughter of a vicar in Manchester UK.
My parents divorced and my mum moved in with her first gay partner.
My dad became a Wiccan.
I grew up with feminist leanings coming from both parents.
I studied Women’s studies at university.
Following uni my heart was broken by my first love and I moved far away from home.
I met my husband to be and ventured into a rock and roll kinda life, much, much fun, for many, many years!
I experimented with several versions of myself and then writing re-found me.
Writing teamed up with my personal spiritual interest and the book was conceived.
Since then I got married, bought chickens and continue to tap away at my keyboard!
I wrote the book because I had been unhappy, I had entirely lost track of who I was, who I wanted to be and what I wanted out of life.
I returned to my spiritual roots via Reiki and Buddhism.
I soon realized how hugely beneficial these things were to me.
It seemed suddenly natural to write a blog, the blog became an idea for a book within about 5 minutes!
I then continued my personal spiritual path, experimenting with a great number of spiritualities, healing techniques and divination and writing it all up in a fun, humorous and accessible way.
I wrote the book for me and as a tool to share all I have learned.
I believe spirituality can transform your life for the better, and I felt that was something young, modern women needed to know.

What challenges did you strike along the way towards having your book published?

Working full time whilst writing the book was a challenge, as well as trying to not become a recluse.
I think I went missing in action for a good few months!
However I needed to do that to get the book done, I’m glad I did.

What are your greatest joys from doing what you love?

The transformation in my own self has given me a lot of joy.
I was not happy prior to writing the book and setting off on my spiritual path, now I feel grateful and joyous most days.
I love the adventure of it also and the education that comes as part and parcel of research.
I love being a student of this great, crazy, spiritual universe!

What inspires you?

Nature is a big inspiration, it is so healing, peaceful and energizing.
Whether I am digging holes in the garden or taking a walk in the hills I always find nature reinvigorates me and gives me fresh ideas to work with.
Also other people’s devotion and commitment to their work is inspirational.
My mother was an inspiration in this respect, and my husband too.
My husband’s devotion to his music has given me a tremendous example of somebody working hard at what they love and continually doing so because it is part of their soul.
He certainly inspired me to find that quality in myself.

What was the turning point for you from writer to published author?
Any tips for the aspiring author?

It all happened so quickly.
I was at work when I found out that my book would be published.
I had only been writing the book for a few months and despite that I was not surprised.
I had complete conviction in the fact my book would be published since I had the idea of the book in the first place.
I was very lucky that this was the case, and I followed this up by continual positive thinking.
My advice to aspiring authors is to write what you believe, do so with passion, enjoy it and believe in yourself.

Can you be into clothes and fashion and 'stuff' and still be spiritual?

I don't believe that fashion and spirituality are mutually exclusive.
We live in a world that worships at the alter of consumerism, and to be spiritual you may have to question that and how it impacts on you, your ego and your general existence.
However I of course also realize we live on a modern planet and as human beings our nature is to pimp and preen.
I see no harm in that, we cannot all be Buddhist monks after all!
Spirituality can change your attitude to fashion, but it does not mean you have to be unfashionable!
Not by a long shot!

What advice would you give to a mother raising a child today?

One of the biggest keys for any woman who wants to be spiritual is the ability to know herself. Particularly to know herself very deeply so that she is in touch with her intuition and her essential higher self.
I imagine that having a child can be a big distraction to that because all of a sudden you have a little person who is wholly dependent upon you.
I would guess that under these circumstances it becomes easy to lose touch with yourself.
As such I believe it is important for any mother to keep in contact with her soul, for her own sake and for the sake of her young family.
Five minutes brief meditation a day would help her to remain clear and to listen to the little voice inside herself as opposed to all the little voices external to herself shouting ‘Mummy’!

What is next for you?

I’m writing a second book and exploring opportunities as they arise. It’s an exciting time!

How does it FEEL now you have your book out there for the world?
Was it everything you thought it would be?

It’s incredible. I never thought I would have written and published a book by the time I was 30. I still potter about in my day-to-day life and occasionally something will happen that reminds me of that achievement and the breath catches in my throat!

and lastly....

easy one

What is the meaning of life?

I actually answer this a little bit in the final chapter of my book, so I’m not going to give that one away!
However, one aspect of the meaning of life is to learn.
We are all here to learn our individual lessons.
Forgiveness, love, compassion and kindness are some of the key curriculum!

Thanks Alice - I like your philosophies and attitude and can't wait to read your fascinating book!

Any chance of a tarot reading to reveal if I am going to be a published author like you one day :=)


  1. Wow! what a fantastically thought provoking & inspiring interview.

    Thanks for sharing it. I hope to see you on the cover of a published book soon.

    Keep up the wonderful work.


  2. Amazing interview!!!! I will have to go and pick this book up!!!

  3. What a cool chic! Loved this interview!

  4. Great questions Sharni! And the responses reveal a very switched on lady! All the best for the book Alice-see you over at She Writes!

  5. Isn't she switched on! Inspiring indeed. Oh and she is going to give me a tarot read so stay posted... :-)

  6. what in intriguing post - well done. Will keep an eye out for the book.


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