Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.

Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?  

Hi I’m Roula Selinas I’m 52 years old

Fiona: Where are you from?

I was born in Sydney, NSW, Australia, now I live in the Gold Coast, Queensland.

Fiona: A little about your self (ie,  your education, family life, etc.).

I have two daughters, a 24 and 17 year old. My parents are a wonderful support they are my rocks. I grew up in a conservative middle class background and Greek tradition and culture was a strong influence when I was growing up. I have a brother and lots of relatives which I love.  Family is very important to me and so is loyalty in good friends. I like keeping fit and healthy and was and still am very active.  I married my teenage sweetheart and we were together for 28 years. I now live with my teenage daughter.

I was an above average student and studied administration, small business management and business.  I have had administration management roles and personal assistant roles. I have also studied bookkeeping and did our accounts for years in our businesses and for the properties we had acquired. My main work background is administration and customer service. I studied personal development for many years and went to lots of seminars and workshops and read lots of book.  I immersed myself in it.  Little did I know just how important that personal development training would be when adversity struck and turned my life and world upside down for many years.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

I am coming off my last anti rejection medication slowly and the doctors said I would never come off any of them.  So I’m happy.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

In 2010 I think, it was, it took me five years to complete.  All whilst I had some complications with my health, after the cancer, viruses and infections, three house moves, and a divorce. I wanted to share the strategies I used to overcome adversity to help others.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I never had any plans to write a book, I did a creative writing course quite a few years back, but didn’t think I would do anything with it. I don’t know if I consider myself a writer, I guess I am. I like to write poems as well and I am an active member of poetry groups Motivational Strips being one of them. I think because of my life path it chose me.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

After I had leukaemia and a bone marrow transplant and endless complications associated with that.  One day when I was out on my kayak the idea came to me. So from that day the ideas would just come to me and I would have to write them down, sometimes it was in the middle of the night, and I would have to get up and just write it down.  Sometimes it was in the day.  I want to inspire people that if I can do it so can they and I wanted to share the strategies I used to do it. We are far more powerful than we think we are.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title? 

It’s very fitting to what the book is about, I think the title sums up what the book is about so the title was very easy. Stronger You Can Overcome and Bounce Back from Adversity.

Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?

I try to be as authentic and real as possible and share what I have learnt and what has worked for me in the past achieving my goals and from my journey. It can be very revealing and personal which is confronting and it can bring up any raw emotions to the surface.

Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

It’s100% based on my life experience and what I went through with leukaemia, a bone marrow transplant and my divorce and the strategies I used to help me overcome adversity and come out the other side.  As well as techniques for achieving the goals we desire.  All the strategies are proven and work if you commit to them and persevere and are resilient.

Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?

No

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

I had a clear idea of the colours I wanted and the phoenix speaks for itself, rising from the ashes and Balboa Press designed it for me.

Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

 We are all powerful; it’s about tapping into that power and finding our treasures within. Also it goes through the strategies to achieve the goals you desire.

Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?  Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?

  I don’t have a favourite author, I am more interested in personal development and growing.

There are too many to list Anthony Robbins, Florence Scovel Shinn, Napoleon Hill, Jim Rohn, Louise Hay are among some of my favourites.

Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.  

Synchronicity everything fell into place easily with Balboa Press.  Leon Nacson from Balboa Press helped and supported me a lot.  I am truly grateful.  He is the managing director of Hay House Australia. Balboa Press is a division of Hay House.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

I work part time in an administration role.  No it is not my career; however I may put out another book. I have some ideas of what I want to do in the future.

Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

Maybe the title slightly not the content.

Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?

Yes, it was all in my head, but writing it down was very healing and it all made so much more sense. Yes I did things were so much clearer and yes I did learn some things that I would do differently.

 Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?

No

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

 Believe in yourself.  If you think you have a story or a message, just do it.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Life doesn’t always go to plan, it has many twists and turns.  It can sometimes be cruel and unjust and there is no rhyme or reason, but that is life. Things sometimes just happen and we have to find ways to deal with them and overcome them.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

How long is Now? A Journey to Enlightenment and Beyond by Tim Freke.

 Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

I think it was Enid Blyton The Magic Faraway Tree.  I loved her books when I was young. I would get lost in the fantasy of it all.

 Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Lots of things make me laugh, I love a good comedy.  Lots of things make me cry I’m a bit of a softie.

 Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?

Right now it would be Freddy Mercury, from Queen he was a genius and he had a God given voice and Queen have left a legacy of beautiful music.

 Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

Yes, gardening, and going to the gym I l love pilates and yoga. I also go to a public speaking group Rostrum and Speakers Tribe.

 Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

I don’t want too much TV, I do get into lots of great Australian series. It depends what’s on at the time. I was into the Married at First Sight reality show, the drama was a bit unbelievable it got everyone hooked and me just recently, but I don’t always watch all of them.

 Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?

I love Greek, Italian, Lebanese and healthy foods.  Although, I still love fish and chips and a good meat pie fresh from the bakery.  All the colours are beautiful, I love green and blue and red at the moment.  I also love earthy colours.  I love colour.

 Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?

I like to pot around in the garden.  I feel a lot of pleasure seeing a flower just bloom and blossom. I dabbled in mosaic tiling that’s enjoyable.

 Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?

With my family; having a lovely lunch and dinner. Going for a walk; either to the beach, and spending time in nature.

 Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?

That’s a hard one.  I don’t know too early but hopefully something good. The fact that I’m still here after all that I have been through is sometimes mind blowing.

 Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?

http://roulaselinas.com/

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