Monday, July 11, 2011

Guest blogger Lisa Skone...

Many people use Twitter to meet others with similar objectivity. We now have #WW and #FF to introduce others to our list of friends. It is a great way to meet new people, and increase your circle of friends. Still, you are limited as to how much you actually get to learn about them.

To become better acquainted with people, and find out about their projects your best bet would be to visit their blog - or in this case visit a blog which features them. A twitter introduction is not sufficient for some people who you should get to know. This is why I have invited Lisa Skone to be my guest speaking and tell you more about herself and her work.

Take it away Lisa.

I am told forty two is the new thirty two. I like it! It’s like saying that red is the new black. You know it blatantly isn’t, but when your mind adjusts to the idea, wraps itself around the lie and snuffs it out, it becomes a welcomed reality.
I never imagined by the time I reached forty two that I would have two grown up children, a four year old granddaughter, and two dogs.
I remember being in my room at twelve years old, miming to Abba songs with a yellow towel on my head (I wished I had long blonde hair like Agnetha.) My only worry I had was keeping my room tidy. Along with dreaming of being Agnetha, I dreamt of meeting prince charming, having a big fairytale wedding, and having four children, two boys and two girls. Oh, the innocence of a young girl. If only you could bottle it! But it was only to be a dream. I had my first child at sixteen; my second at eighteen, and my illusions of living happily ever after were shattered! The father of my two children, Danny and Lianne, was only two years older than me, but unfortunately for both of us (I say that loosely) he became a heroine addict. We didn’t live together, so I was oblivious to what was going on. I found myself alone in a two bedroom flat with a toddler and a baby, but I was tough. I was strong, I could cope, and I did. I had the support of my mum and dad, so things weren’t so bad. I met someone else, whom I married, and along came my third child Nicky. Not wanting to go into too much detail, we survived for eleven years. I say survived because that was tough. Our relationship was a volatile one, and violence occurred many a time, but in the end we had to call it a day. Now at thirty years old, I had three children to bring up, but still I coped. My faith in men was practically zero, and then I went to Skiathos, one of the Greek islands, and my faith went from zero to ten in a matter of days. Then In The Blink of An Eye, my first novel was born. My book is based on my experience, and how a young woman, with no self esteem, met a man who made her feel like the most beautiful woman in the world. But there is more to this story than just romance. It also delves into the world of addiction, as you follow the storyline of Mick, an alcoholic in denial, who is oblivious that his marriage breakdown is the result of his heavy drinking. Love, loss and heartbreak are some of the ingredients that have gone into my story. It is the first of a trilogy, and I am currently working on the sequel, Paving The Way. The three books are based on the last ten years of my life, and over those ten years I have faced all three situations that I just spoke about. Loves shattered dreams restored, dealing with a loss that nearly destroyed me, and my heart broken into so many pieces that I thought it was beyond repair. You might be wondering why at the beginning of my post I said I had two children, when later on it is clear that I have three. Unfortunately seven years ago, my eldest son, who was eighteen, died in an accident. His death nearly killed me, but here I am, better and stronger than ever, fulfilling a dream that seemed impossible. I fought the biggest fight of my life, and the battle isn’t over yet, but I am getting there. I persevered, I held on to life by my little finger nail at times, but I held on. I pushed through, and looked through, and now I can see a future on my horizon. My stories are powerful, and book three (especially) is about survival and how through the challenges life throws at you, you can grow, and become the person you were destined to be.
So here I am, forty two years old, starting a journey that is both exciting and slightly daunting…. but here I am!!!
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Orlando for asking me to share my story. It has been a pleasure working with you my friend!
It has been a pleasure working with you as well Lisa. 

You can find Lisa on twitter under @beauty4ashezz, or you can click here for her blog. Please look her up and say hello.

And remember... Always stay in your write mind.


  1. Wow, what an inspiring story! I can't believe Lisa has been through all that. It's incredible that she pushed through, too. I'll have to check out her blog - she sounds so amazing.

  2. I enjoyed reading this because though there wasn't an obvious message to me (other than, be strong), it was enjoyable and interesting and it touched me.

    This was refreshing because everything online nowadays is about "sharing value," "creating helpful content," "focus on your readers," oh etc.

    Maybe I've been spending too much time marketing...anyway, I will certainly check out Lisa's blog.

  3. @Madeline & Lauren; Thank you both for your comments.

    Social Media works when we truly connect with others. Get to know about them and not just their work. This is why I enjoy having guest bloggers, because the readers get to connect with each other.

  4. The journey *is* daunting (and I think that's true for wherever we are in our lives), but it's a glorious ride. There are days when I wake up overwhelmed at the thought of all the marketing and networking ahead of me. It's all too easy to lose sight of how blessed we are to be chasing our dreams. Posts like these are an excellent reminder that the hard work is always worth it. Thanks for sharing!

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