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Walking the Path: The Next Natural Step

By | Cool Stuff, My Life on a Plate, Writing Stuff

Just had my article/review published on HuffPost for Walking the Path – the follow-up course after Path of Love, both by Path Retreats.

It seems I am on a linking path with this community, and I welcome the journey, the work and the connection. These have been my favourite things to do this year, and by far the most beneficial personal development retreats/courses I have ever done!

Feel free to have a look at the article/review, and see what you think! ๐Ÿ™‚

Much love 💜

Maria xx

Review of Walking the Path Retreat

Path of Love : Boot Camp for the Soul!

By | My Life on a Plate, Writing Stuff

In June this year, I was given the opportunity to attend the Path of Love retreat in Buckland Hall, Brecon.

Path of Love is a global seven-day intensive personal development retreat, and is famous worldwide for its therapeutic and transformational process.

I was nervous about going, but boy am I glad I did!

Here’s the link to my third HuffPost piece – Path of Love: Boot Camp for the Soul!

Hope you enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

With love,

Maria xx

 

 

Typing Blanks

By | My Life on a Plate, Uncategorized, Writing Stuff

For a while now, I’ve had some trouble accessing my creative inspiration. I’ve managed to write a couple of articles, but when it comes to writing stories, I’ve been suffering from the dreaded disease that all writers are afraid of: Writer’s Block.

Yes, friends. I’m typing blanks.

The honest truth is that after suffering with some health problems, it’s not just my body that’s been affected. My mind has been affected, my heart has been affected, my mood has been affected, and my creativity has been affected, too. It’s been a real bitch of a few months, and I’m having treatment for both the physical and emotional effects of my health issues, so I’ll get there. In the meantime, though, I’ve decided to take a little break from writing because I don’t want to force the writing process. If I’m driven by pressure, instead of pleasure, then quite frankly, I’m screwed. I can’t write well, if my body and mind isn’t well. I can’t write well, if pressure is the reason I’m writing. I write because I love it. My love of writing has to be my primary driving force, otherwise what’s the point?

So, in the spirit of being kind to myself, I will be taking a little break from writing. Just for a few months. I’m going to snuggle up, rest, live gently and get well. Once I feel well enough to write again – however long that takes – then I will be back with a new HuffPost article and hopefully a new boost of energy!

Wish me luck!

With love,

Maria

xx

Firefly YA Panel

By | My Life on a Plate, White Petals

I really enjoyed the Firefly Press Day at Waterstones Cardiff.
It was so nice to be on the YA panel with such great authors! The kids seemed to love the childrenโ€™s authors, and the YA panel got a full house of readers in the audience.
Thanks to everyone for making it such a good day! 🙌😀💜

Amazing Authors in August!

By | My Life on a Plate, White Petals, Writing Stuff

I was asked to do an interview with The Book Activist for Amazing Authors in August.

I have to say, I absolutely loved it! Thereโ€™s no better interview than a juicy or/and fun interview! I really like it when interviewers do something a bit different and put their own twist on the interview and the kind of questions they ask . It makes the interview fun and interesting for me to participate in, and Iโ€™m sure it makes for better reading for the audience.

So, thank you to The Book Activist for inviting me to be one of their Amazing Authors in August, and hereโ€™s the interview link below:

Introducing Maria Grace โ€“ Amazing Authors in August โ€“ The Book Activistย Amazing Authors in August

Happy Reading! <3

My First Huffington Post Article!

By | My Life on a Plate, Writing Stuff

The time has come.
I have finally got myself a place in the Huffington Post family! I’m so pleased! Yaaay! ๐Ÿ˜€
I have to stop using so many exclamation marks, I know. I’m just so excited, though!
I won’t babble on about it for too long, but I will say that my articles will be written on a mix of different subjects – not just about writing. I’ll be writing about personal development, women’s issues, parenting, relationships, health – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. I’ll be writing about lots of different things during my time with Huff Post, and I’m really looking forward to it all!

So, here’s my first official Huffington Post blog post. It’s titled, Working with your Editor. It’s about … erm … well, working with your editor. If you don’t know much about what an editor actually does during the writing and publishing process, then this article is a good place to start learning.

Enjoy! xx

Working with your Editor – Maria Grace – The Huffington Post.

 

Tir na n-Og Awards 2016

By | Cool Stuff, White Petals

The Welsh Books Council has announced the titles on the shortlist of the prestigious Tir na n-Og Awards for 2016. The awards celebrate a special 40th birthday this year and there is much excitement surrounding the announcement of the winning title.
Although White Petals didn’t make it onto the lovely list, I’m still chuffed because it made onto the Highly Commended list by the judging panel of 2016. I’m also chuffed that I’m on there with my brilliant Firefly teammate Eloise Williams and her wonderful children’s book Elen’s Island.

Have a look at the great list of books on the awards list, and there’s also a link to my interview with girlsheartbooks about the awards.

Congratulations to all! ๐Ÿ˜€

Welsh Books Council – Tir na n-Og Awards

girlsheartbooks interview with Maria Grace

Interview with MuggleNet

By | Cool Stuff, White Petals

I’ve just done a great interview with MuggleNet, and I have to say, it turned out a bit lovely!
The journalist – Lucy Aprahamian – was an utter professional, and I really enjoyed working with her. She asked some fab questions, as you will see if you click on the link to the interview (below). I love it when I get asked juicy questions; it makes the interview so much more interesting and fun!
As a Harry Potter fan myself, it was an absolute pleasure to be interviewed for MuggleNet. The whole thing has inspired me to go back through all seven books of the Harry Potter series again! So, while I get my Gryff on (yes, I did the test, and I definitely belong to Gryffindor! ), why don’t you have a read of the interview and see what you think? And after that, have a nose around the MuggleNet website – it’s a lot of fun! ๐Ÿ™‚

Maria Grace – Interview with MuggleNet.

Interview with Books & Pontyclun

By | Cool Stuff, My Life on a Plate, White Petals | No Comments

I really enjoyed my visit to Books & Pontyclun bookshop. During my visit, I was asked if I would do a video interview with author Daniel Parsons, which I was very happy to do.
As a writer who’s used to being behind a screen, rather than in front of one, I find it weird to do video interviews. My brother Gav does it on a regular basis for IGN and he always seems really comfortable in front of the camera.
Me? I think I missed that screen-worthy gene because I find it really strange to talk to a monitor, instead of an actual person! Which is probably why I spent most of this interview looking at Dan, instead of the camera!
Either way, I don’t mind. I suppose if I’m interacting, then it doesn’t really matter if it’s with a person or a camera, as long as I’m communicating myself and my work effectively. It’s definitely something that I’d like to work on in the future, so I can hopefully one day be comfortable in front of a camera / screen / monitor, as well as behind it! But until then, I’ll just stay tucked up behind the screen and pages of my own stories. And why not? It’s a lovely place to be, after all!

Hope you enjoy watching ๐Ÿ™‚

 
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