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flurry of frozen fun is coming to Liverpool’s Waterfront this November, with the return of Liverpool Ice Festival and its biggest sheltered ice rink to-date.

well as a fully stocked bar serving delicious hearty food and beverages all season round. Shelter from the cold, grab a cosy throw and enjoy your drink of choice.

Between 19th November 2021 and 3rd January 2022, Liverpool Ice Festival, set within the magical Liverpool Waterfront, will transport the region into a frozen winter wonderland. Located at Pier Head, the festival will include a spectacular covered ice rink, to ensure the elements don’t hamper any Christmas spirits, as

Visitors wishing for a dare devil experience can try the Ice Slide, which includes three superspeedy 30m runs 6m above the park, providing an exhilarating view of the entire Ice Festival. This year there are even more rides to keep the whole family entertained, with the UK’s only Ice Jet ride, displaying a fantastic light show throughout

the Christmas period. If that’s not enough, visitors can check-out traditional Christmas markets as well as the Bavarian Food Court, which serves delicious bratwursts everyday alongside steaming cups of hot chocolate with marshmallows, traditional mulled wine or cider, and much more. Tickets for Liverpool Ice Festival are available now, with prices starting at £13 for adults and £11 for children, with discounted family and season tickets also available. For more information and to book tickets, visit https:// icefestivalliverpool.co.uk/.


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t may be dark but it certainly isn’t gloomy in the world of Lifestyle magazine, we’re super excited for the sold out Liverpool Lifestyle Awards in association with Love Shakes and Cakes. And also Liverpool Fashion Week. What a month of celebrations it is, we finally get to dress up and sparkle in style as only Liverpool knows how. The North West is buzzing with excitement with so many events, including Liverpool Sound City the Nest in Chester. And of course the theatres are getting ready to draw back the curtains for their pantos. Oh yes, they are!

Whatever you’re up to this month stay positive and don’t watch the news as it will drown you in fear and negativity. Instead of imagining an apocalypse, how about imagining heaven on earth? It’s amazing how a mindset can effect your day and the success of your business and personal lives. I’m taking a group of people to Cyprus on a mindful and positive healing retreat this month. Lots of affirmations for reaching your goals and believing in yourself, I can’t wait to share the pictures with you. May I also take this opportunity to wish my beautiful daughter a

happy 16th and my wonderful son a happy 18th birthday as well this month. Life is for living and hopefully they will enjoy a fabulous lifestyle along with you all. Until next month, stay stylish,

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SMALL BUSINESS Lifestyle meets Raj Sharma owner of Love Shakes and Cakes who swapped the chemistry lab for the kitchen N Cakes What is your background? I studied Applied Chemistry, after working approx 10 years in the Chemical waste industry, I was looking for a new challenge, an opportunity came up on the Albert Dock to run a French Creperie. It took me a while to consider the change, but as I love learning and taking on new challenges I took on the opportunity and made a success out of it. After this Love Shakes N Cakes, was the kind of business that I wanted to do and run. This has truly made me feel that a change in career was not a wrong move.

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Milkshakes, desserts and deli food. From chocolate shakes, to waffles, sundaes to brownies, wraps to hot dogs. We have it all. There is something for everyone in our family business we have so much to offer that we just keep adding on to our menu from time to time. We love our customers and always serve with a smile.

Tell us about your business? Love Shakes N Cakes is a family run company with my mum, wife and three children who love helping out like my little elf’s alongside my staff who I always treat like my family.

Is there a science to baking? Yes there is, like anything the important to success is in the making. So making sure the method is right in terms of measurement, pouring, Mixing and timing is very important. This is what we love doing at Love Shakes N Cakes hence why the product is so tasty that customers keep on coming back to us.

We offer three different areas at Love Shakes

What is so special about your cakes? We pick

and choose different kinds of cakes in our shop, Cakes that are very rare to get in most other places such as our rainbow cake and red velvet cake, these are two our customers can not get enough off them. What is your favourite dessert? I would have to choose the Biscoff Waffle. There is something about the combination of crushed biscoff and white chocolate sauce covered all over a waffle. It’s my favourite on my cheat day. Is there a story behind your name? We could have called it just Shakes N Cakes, but because there is so much Love for the place. Love the family and staff members, Love for our customers coming back again and again,


Love for the Area that we are based, Love for how we make our product. Hence why we added the Love to the name. It just automatically brings a smile to your face LOVE SHAKES N CAKES. Are you looking forward to Christmas? Christmas comes around to fast nowadays, but we are always in the mood for a festive season, we are preparing a lot of old school style sweet jars, which our customers love putting into there children stocking, as well as making selected cake boxes for our customers to enjoy the festive season with there favourite cakes. What are you looking forward to about the Lifestyle Awards? Wow the name itself sounds so beautiful, so being a part of it is an honour in itself, I’m looking forward to bringing my cakes over for people to try, also meeting a lot of new people in the wonderful city of Liverpool. Oh yes not forgetting the after party, haha. Please check us out on our Instagram and Facebook page @LoveShakesNCakes. You will be amazed.

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who need it most across Liverpool and the North West. Our mission is to improve the lives of disadvantaged children and young people in our communities who are affected by illness, poverty, neglect or have additional needs. The past 18 months has been tough for everyone, but for many of the most vulnerable families it has

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DATING

Lifestyle welcomes new columnist, international matchmaker Lara Besbrode

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his winter, there’s no reason to be single. With lockdowns out of the way, there’s plenty of opportunity for you to get out there and meet someone. If it’s been a while since you headed out on your first date, or if you simply need a quick refresher, The Matchmaker UK has lined up the best tips on preparing for a first autumn or winter date. Whether you choose to go for an outdoor walk or bundle up by a fire, here are our best winter dating tips:

If you want to make a strong first impression, give some thought to the impression you want to leave your date with, whether it’s a stylish outfit or fresh-from-thesalon hair. Whatever you choose, make sure you feel confident and comfortable in your own skin! Impressions are more than just about looks, however. In the name of good dating etiquette, make sure you show up on time, be courteous and respectful.

1.Keep it simple: The first date is your opportunity to learn something about each other. To have an engaging conversation, be curious and ask questions, but make sure you take the time to listen, too. Get to know your date by keeping the conversation on them. What are their passions? Who inspires them most? You’ll never know unless you ask.

3. Be honest and patient with yourself (and your date!): If you had a stimulating conversation and can’t wait for the next date, share your feelings while you’re still there. But if the sparks didn’t fly the first time around, take some time to think about what you liked and didn’t like. Whatever you do, don’t leave your date hanging. Remember, it takes time to get to know someone and sometimes, it takes a little longer than the first date to feel the chemistry.

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RECIPE FRENCH ONION SAUSAGE CASSEROLE SERVES 4 | HANDS-ON TIME 10 MIN, SIMMERING TIME 35 MIN METHOD Cut the bacon rashers in half, stretch each piece by running the back of a kitchen knife blade along it, then wrap one around each chipolata. Heat the oil in a medium hob-safe casserole, add the pigs in blankets and brown over a medium-high heat for 4-5 minutes. Set aside. Add a splash more oil if needed, along with the butter, then add the onions and a plenty of salt and black pepper. Fry gently for 5-6 minutes until

starting to soften. Stir in the garlic, then cover and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring once or twice, until the onions have softened and turned deep brown. Stir the flour into the onions, then cook for 1-2 minutes. Add the sherry, stock pot and 500ml hot water from a just-boiled kettle. Stir to combine, then add the browned pigs in blankets and the thyme. Simmer on a low-medium heat for 20 minutes until rich, thick and saucy.

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6 rashers streaky bacon

375g pack British pork chipolatas

Vegetable oil for frying

25g butter

500g onions, sliced

2 garlic cloves, sliced

1 tbsp plain flour

100ml medium dry or dry sherry, plus an extra splash

1 beef stock pot

3-4 fresh thyme, plus extra leaves to garnish

8 large thin slices of fresh baguette

4 tsp wholegrain mustard

125g gruyère or strong cheddar, grated

Splash sherry vinegar

Meanwhile, heat the grill to high. Toast the baguette slices on each side. Spread with the mustard, then scatter with the grated cheese. Cook under the hot grill for 3-4 minutes or until the cheese has melted and is bubbling and golden. Stir a splash more sherry and the sherry vinegar into the casserole, season to taste, then serve with the cheese toasts, extra thyme leaves and some greens, if you like. 12


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MARTI PELLOW ‘Greatest Hits Tour’ 2021 / 2 Six new dates added to run!

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arti Pellow will be undertaking the ‘Greatest Hits Tour’ with a run of dates in November 2021.During the first lockdown he performed online, filmed in his home studio and was enjoyed by over 12 million fans The ‘Greatest Hits Tour’ dates represent a celebration of a remarkable solo career that’s seen Marti Pellow embark on a new project pretty much every other year

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since he left multiplatinum selling pop sensations Wet Wet Wet in 1999. He’s done more as a solo artist, for longer, than he did with the totemic pop band who dominated the British charts in the Eighties and Nineties. The set will feature tracks taken from his ‘Stargazer’ album released this year via BMG but will not neglect any element of the remarkable journey that he has taken to reach this point: this is a sophisticated and

Thurs 21st – Gateshead, Sage Fri 22nd – Cambridge, Corn Exchange Mon 25th – Hull, New Theatre Tues 26th – Guildford, GLive

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successful artist. Marti Pellow himself said, “Looking forward to singing for you all ..we all deserve a good night out it’s fair to say. I think these shows are about entertaining filling the room with songs you love, so the only thing I ask of you is to bring your smiles. Oh and don’t for get your dancing shoes and let me take care of the rest”.


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As with everyone with CF, I do countless treatments on a daily basis: from physio to Nebulisers, and I have to take a cocktail of tablets. I have always been so disciplined with my treatments as I always

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“We’re so grateful to our wonderful supporters, some of whom have cystic fibrosis themselves, for taking on this mammoth challenge. Their inspiring efforts make a massive difference in helping us support people with CF across the UK and fund vital and lifechanging research.”

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There is much creativity flowing through you. You can use your creative ideas towards creating the changes in your life that you desire most. Try to allow the good thoughts and feelings to guide you. Pay attention to what you feel most enthusiastic about and whatever that is, do it more often. TAURUS (20 APRIL – 20 MAY) Beautiful nature is expanding all around you which represents the growth that is taking place within you. You are becoming more aware of what works well. Any changes that you begin to implement into your life now should work out in your favour. You should be feeling quite optimistic in love.

GEMINI (21 MAY – 20 JUNE)

You should feel pretty good about who you are and to really enjoying each moment of your life more abundantly. Just try to stay focused on your most important hopes, dreams, wishes and goals for your own future. Your charming personality can easily attract many fun-loving and creative people into your life.

CANCER (21 JUNE – 22 JULY)

You desire to have your closest relationships feel comfortable and secure for you, as well as for the other people involved with you. This is a marvellous time to try out a new exercise and nutritional program. The better you feel, the better every other area of your life can become.

LEO (23 JULY – 22 AUGUST)

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You are exceptionally fertile with new ideas now. This month will illuminate your mind and help you to positively focus on your most important hopes, dreams, wishes and future goals. If your mind can

conceive it and you believe it then that is a sure sign that you can achieve it.

VIRGO (23 AUGUST – 22 SEPTEMBER) Your energy

is very charming now. You should feel like you’re life is exceptionally blessed indeed. Situations regarding children around you and your own creativity will begin to positively soar. Much passion and romance are awaiting you. .Focus on all of the new beginnings you would like to see happen in your life.

LIBRA (23 SEPTEMBER – 22 OCTOBER) You may find

yourself being extra sensitive during this time and get hurt from your friends and lovers.. You may be having challenging time when it comes to communicating with others. You would be wise to avoid arguments and think things through carefully before saying anything that you may regret later.

SCORPIO (23 OCTOBER – 21 NOVEMBER) This is an

excellent month to align your heart and your mind for the positive personal results that you really desire most. There is much passion within you and you can have many wonderful passionate experiences. Spend more quality time with your love enjoying your life to the fullest.

SAGITTARIUS (22 NOVEMBER -21 DECEMBER) Your wealth is

in your health. If you feel good physically then your life will flow along quite abundantly. You may be a little bit more emotionally spontaneous now and may use sentimental words that could possibly hurt the other person. Start each day with a more positive attitude about who you are.

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CAPRICORN (22 DECEMBER – 19 JANUARY) You are learning

the lesson of acceptance; to appreciate how things are right now without expecting anything more for the time being. You are also going through a self-awakening period of time where you are being asked to focus on improving yourself – mind, body and spirit – in healthier ways.

AQUARIUS (20 JANUARY – 18 FEBRUARY) You desire

a more mature, dedicated, and committed emotional relationship – either with someone you are currently involved with or in a brand new partnership. Total honesty with feelings, are very important to you from now on. There is a renewed energy that is coming your way that can begin to make you feel a lot better.

PISCES (19 FEBRUARY – 20 MARCH) You will be

recognized for your growing magnetism. The sharp and focused energy is at your disposal. Tap into inner fire and channel that into something special. The right people will wander into your path. Your task is to pay attention and use this potential for your highest good.


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Life Coach, Grace McMahon, explains how we can remain positive in winter Why do we feel so blue in the autumn? The summer months are more likely to be spent being social – spending time outdoors or on holiday - often bringing greater instances for deepening existing relationships or forging new ones. Then all of a sudden, the cooler months have arrived and the sense of excitement, activity-filled days and the greater points for connection are gone. A feeling of loss creeps into the void. This feeling of loss might also trigger older feelings of loss; times when we felt lonely or aimless. What can we do? Connect with people, and not on social media. Given the sociability of summertime, we can often feel a little lonely as we spend more time indoors sheltering from the rain and cold. Whilst it’s unlikely you can fit in quite as much socialising time as when the days are longer (and more days of annual leave), you can still prioritise social sessions in your daily life. Turn your

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evening walk into a chance to catch up with a friend, plan dinners, FaceTime and set up midweek moments for friendships. Stay Open to New Experiences We can feel more open in the warmer months, and it can be a little stifling coming back to cooler ones. Mindsets shift a little and we can err to the edge of hibernation during this time. But cooler months shouldn’t have to mean putting that experimental mindset back into a box. You may benefit from keeping an open outlook as the nights draw in, by trying new recipes, joining a local group or even something as simple

as a new route to work (or method of getting there roller-skates anyone?). It’s not just the change of scenery that makes summertime so fun, often it’s the changes in ourselves that make us feel so good. Reflect Whilst the summer is often filled with holidays and minibreaks, time away from our day-to-day can give us a muchneeded break from the everyday humdrum. They can also cast a stark light on what we’d like to change about our lives and mean we may have to confront some uncomfortable truths. If work is really making you so miserable, perhaps it’s time to look for a new job? Was it a relief to spend time away from a demanding friend or partner? Then perhaps a conversation with them is in order. Time away from our dayto-day can offer us a fresh perspective on what it was we felt we needed a ‘break’ from in the first place and help us see more clearly the changes we need to make.

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Lifestyle columnist and Liverpool Live Radio presenter CLAUDINE HOPE OMG it is November which can only mean one thing. The Liverpool Lifestyle Awards on the 13th! I am super excited to be part of the lifestyle team, attending the most prestigious event of the year and giving out an award to one lucky winner on the night. Good luck to all the businesses in the North West that have been nominated and I will see you on the night. Liverpool based company “Vacient Cosmetics”

is launching an amazing competition for their customers who purchase any of their products. The big prize is a celebrity style photoshoot which will feature you as one of the faces on Vacient Cosmetics International Billboards! WOW. Go to www. vacientcosmetics.com. Have you started your festive shopping this year? Black Friday falls on Friday 26th

November followed by Cyber Monday. Last year’s event was drastically changed by Covid-19 lockdown restrictions so expect this year to be a boom as it will allow shoppers to purchase heavily discounted goods in time for Christmas. I look forward to reporting on the lifestyle awards next month and giving you the latest celebrity gossip. Until then catch me on the Liverpool Live Radio, Thursdays 11am on Roy Basnett’s Mid-Morning show www.liverpoolliveradio.com Or follow me on Instagram: claudine_hope_ Until Next Month Babes!

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How I discovered this magnificent company is a whole story but let's start with the beginning last summer,I was going through a very difficult period of my life,I had at that time two family members battling cancer ,I was very stressed because I understood that nothing could be done for them there. I was so confused between hospitals. My work was very stressful during the day. Until when I saw a post on Facebook. I just didn't know but it caught my attention she

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a 3 day minikit to test the products and convince you and that was it. After the first day when I tested the magnificent products as I like to say them I said a big YES and I became a direct ambassador of this company !!! I had problems with blood circulation because I was overweight and I had problems with my feet I suffered from bad cholesterol but I started to consume the detox program and the famous Ganoderma mushroom worked wonders in my body and I simply fell in love with the products !!! The benefits of these products are many but the most important is the detox plan then the best selling product in all of Europe is Olivox which is magnificent the benefits are the decrease in kg maintaining kg regulating constipation problems and many other benefits for which to speak hundreds of hours !!!! The products I recommend in mid are especially the products that I adore and from my home there is never a lack of detox program, Ganoderma, therapeutic coffee, personal care products, OLIVOX which of course does part of one of the detox packages, the unique infusions of Aloe Vera ……..di the list is open to about 800 products !!!!


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as a customer and choose your products. I was not passionate from the beginning but I fell in love with the taste of pure products simple divine but then a congress was organised every year in Italy and I said that I have to go there to see with my own eyes. After a lot of effort i and a lot of work I arrived in Rimini, Italy this summer and there my life took a magnificent

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BEAUTY

Meet Liana Frappola, owner of Northern lashes

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set up Northern Lashes in 2019 after researching the beauty industry to see just how much plastic is wasted. Annually 120billion units of plastic is used in the beauty industry alone, 95% 0f this is thrown out after one use and only 14% is recycled. Working mainly as a lash tech and makeup artist I decided the place to create change is within the lash industry. What makes Northern Lashes special is that it's the first lash brand in the UK to be 100% eco-friendly with no plastic within our lash packaging. Our lashes are handmade vegan and cruelty free and can be used up to 30 times. With our strip lash and magnetic lash range. We also create lashes for creatives with our background of makeup artistry. We create bespoke lashes for film and theatres.

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I started my business during the pandemic after the door to my salon had to close due to covid this gave me the opportunity

to create the brand. Obstacles I have had to overcome are definitely locating manufacturers to make such a unique product and of course the obstacle of the pandemic.

a product that was kind to our environment and this has taken time. I’d love to see Northern Lashes in fashion and film colleges as well as people buying them for everyday use. I am also bringing out a line of semi-permanent lashes for lash academies. Northern Lashes one day will have its own academy and I look to train students from the age of 16. I also want to give people the opportunity to train as a lash tech who may not have had the opportunity due to circumstances and the pandemic affecting their income. I Love to see them stocked in Department stores, salons, boutiques and also collaborate with sustainable fashion houses.

All our packaging is plastic free, I keep it top secret as to what material I use for now. Its also 100% biodegradable vegan and cruelty free. Yes I have had a brand like this in mind for quite some time as I say I have worked in the industry now for 21 years. Being a vegan I wanted to create

I am really looking forward to Liverpool fashion week! To network with new people to also show case this amazing brand. Northern Lashes also stands for empowerment and equality and we also support anti bullying and work closely with a anti bullying and mental health charity so I’m really involved with supporting others and meeting people.


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to bring the programme of events and installations to life, with Wild Rumpus designer Rachel Shore creating the magical ‘Nest’ environment. Visitors will be greeted by an avenue of trees which will guide them through an atmospheric dark forest with glimpses of nesting woodland animals and treasures among the trunks. The autumnalhued wonderland includes a performance space, while a willow arch leads to a craft area. And beyond that is The Nest itself – a cosy,

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Lifestyle chats to author Sue Kythreotou What is your background? I was born and raised in beautiful South Africa where my love for nature was cultivated. I moved to Cyprus after my studies and have been working with children, as a teacher and counsellor, for many years. Since I also have a specialisation in theatre in education, I was involved in directing the theatrical shows at the schools I have worked at. In recent years, I made a decision to work part time in order to fulfill my dreams, and one of those is to write children's literature. I currently live in Cyprus with my husband and two children. When did you come up with the idea of the book? My son, Lucas, often experienced nightmares as a child due to an overactive imagination so I was inspired to write 'Lucas and the Tree.' I wrote the first draft about 20 years ago, put it in a drawer and forgot about it until I finally had the chance to edit and publish it. How long did it take you to write? I can't

remember how long the first draft took but it was quite quick. When I started working on it the second time round, I put more thought into it and it took a few hours to edit. It was easy to write because I had lived through the experience and so it poured out of me and onto the paper. What is the outline of the story? The story is about a little boy, Lucas who loves to play under the shade of

the mulberry tree where he listens to the birds and often just lies there and daydreams. One night as he's about to fall asleep he suddenly hears a strange noise and he begins to imagine what it might be. He calls out to his mum who comes to his rescue and with her support, love and patience, together they try to discover what the strange noise is. Mum teaches Lucas to be courageous and


soon they are both pleasantly surprised when they finally find out what it is. What age is it suitable for? The story is for children from 4 up to and including 8 year olds. The story may also be used by educators of the senior primary school to discuss the use of figures of speech in writing or for a PSHE lesson to discuss the emotion of fear. Who was the book published with? Lucas and the Tree is a Bookworm publication and can be purchased at bookstores in Cyprus as well as directly from me. It is also available at: Crazy Cow Gifts, which is an online store. Amazon as an ebook https://www.amazon. co.uk/dp/B08RS99HNM Not So Big Fish as an animated interactive ebook. https://notsofishy. shop/collections/childrensinteractive-ebooks/lucas How easy is it to publish? Since I didn't know much about publishing it was difficult. It was a learning journey where I needed to do research and I asked a lot of questions. I tried submitting my book abroad and it

was accepted but since I wanted to be part of the whole publishing journey,(hands on) I made a decision to do it locally. What helped the most is when I went to a bookstore and found books by Cypriot authors, looked to see who the publishers were, and then chose one that seemed to be the most appropriate. Thankfully my submission was accepted and the book was finally published. It took time and effort but I finally got there. What are you most proud of? Firstly, my family-my children and husband and then of course the fact that I was able to publish 'Lucas and the Tree.'

Will there be a follow up? I'm hoping to publish another book in the near future which is not a follow up but a completely different story. How disciplined do you need to be to write? I believe that when one writes about real experiences it is easier than just making one up. One needs to be inspired to write and usually this inspiration comes from our experiences. It takes time, effort and creativity to edit a story and to make it appealing to the reader. If you want to get the job done then you have to be disciplined and consistent.



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