Tuesday, April 4, 2023

Interview With Life Coach Stephanie Hadjipateras On Her Romance Novel, My Rose


“My path towards life coaching saw many twists and turns before I realized that this is where my passion lay, says My Rose author Stephanie Hadjipateras. “The early years of my life were not short of challenges as I was diagnosed at a young age with a rare kidney condition, which would affect me both physically and psychologically. Two kidney transplants later, and with a period of dialysis sandwiched in-between, I knew that those experiences, particularly dialysis, defined me in more ways than one. ​I suffered a lot from anxiety and chronic pain and had tried many things to help with those issues - not only my pain-wise, but my anxiety as well. One day I was in a waiting room of one of the many doctors I had to see and saw a magazine on the table in front of me, I picked it up and turned to a random page where I read about life coaches for the first time. That unexpected moment changed my life and was the catalyst in my career change, which then led to me becoming a hypnosis and mindfulness coach.”  

Below is an interview with her: 

1.      Why did you write this book?
As a life coach for the past seven years, my main focus has always been to help young women with anxiety and chronic pain. I have always wanted to write a self-help book but wanted it to be different, so I thought combining a story and a self-help book would be effective. 

2.      What is it about, and who is it really for? It centers on a man who seemingly accepts that he has to go through A life of anxiety without dealing with it in the right way. That all changes when he meets A girl who changes his life; this book IS for young adults  

3.      What do you hope readers will get out of reading your book? I hope this book will help others remember that there are ways to help them overcome anxiety with the right approach, determination, and attitude and that they are not alone.  

4.      How did you decide on your book’s title and cover design? Well, I love Roses, and my business is also called the calming rose, so I wanted to somehow find a way to integrate it into my book.   

5.      What advice or words of wisdom do you have for fellow writers If you have a passion for writing, go for it as there is no right or wrong way to start. This is something my husband told me, who has been a writer for many years. Write every day. Write something. However good or bad it is, you are a step ahead than you were the day before.  

6.      What trends in the book world do you see -- and where do you think the book publishing industry is heading?  I am not hugely knowledgeable about the publishing industry, but I do believe there has been a demand for self-help books in recent times. Particularly since the COVID pandemic. I feel that one of the positives we can take from it is that we have to look after ourselves – mentally as well as physically.  

7.      Were there experiences in your personal life or career that came in handy when writing this book?  Growing up, I had many health issues, which caused me anxiety back then I actually did not know I had anxiety until I met someone who helped me realize what I was feeling was anxiety and that there was nothing wrong with it and that I could overcome it, as others have.  

8.      How would you describe your writing style? Which writers or books is your writing similar to? I have always felt that I write aloud if that makes sense! I write from my heart; as if I am talking to my readers. 

9.      What challenges did you overcome in the writing of this book? I think one of my biggest challenges was to find the balance between storytelling and incorporating the self-help part, while keeping it simple 

10.   If people can buy or read one book this week or month, why should it be yours? If readers are looking for an uplifting story; a story that centers on a character who finds the courage and determination to change the course of his life, this book is for you.


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