Welcome to Elise Smith
Tell us a little about yourself?
My name is Elise Smith, I have over 25 years of experience as a writer, 5 years as a blogger and 3 years as a writing coach. I have written and published two autobiographies in my book series “The New Zealand Dream,” by Sheila my pen name. I wrote these books to inspire and give hope to others. I published my third book in July 2021, called “Johnathan,” I co-authored this book about my father who grew up in Manchester England during the war. My passion is creative writing, I write in fiction, non-fiction, poetry and content. I have published many articles, short stories, and guest posted on various sites. My short story “Stargazing” won a short story award in our local “Writing Sparks” competition.
Writing is a very powerful healing tool, sharing your story can give help others and help yourself on your healing journey. I am a writing coach who can help people write their own stories and with any writing project they are creating. I have mentored students working for Wellington polytechnic. I conduct interviews on my website to help promote my fellow writers and bloggers and host guest writers.
Where in the world do you live, and what do you like most about it?
I live in a little coastal city called Gisborne, in New Zealand.
What I like most about living in NZ is it has the ocean and all its bounty on my doorstep, a hop skip, and a jump and you are in nature surrounded by native bush with breathtaking hikes to experience and camp spots to discover.
Self-care is very important for writers, tell us how you look after yourself?
I too believe self-care is extremely important for writers and everyone.
I write about this topic often, below is what I do to take care of myself;
Spending time in nature🦋🌳🌸
Listen to positive music🎼
Watch positive movies/videos
Time for you/to treat yourself 💅🛀
Spend time with positive people👩❤️👨,
Set boundaries, say no
Spirituality and prayer/meditation🧎♀️🧘♀️📖
Feed your body and mind healthy🍇🥦🚶♂️🧠📖
Rid your life of toxic people, it is better to be alone than around negativity.
Remember you are responsible for your own happiness, nobody else should be expected to make you happy.
Sit just sit quietly
Pick/buy a bunch of flowers
Take a nap
Do something crafty, colouring
Go to the library and read
What genres do you like to read in?
I like to read true stories and memoirs.
What’s a book that you have on your shelf which you’re particularly fond of?
“White thorn” By Bryce Courtnay
Creative writing as a teenager, did you do it? Can you remember any stories?
Yes, I did do this, I remember writing about myself and a friend Samanther going on an adventure. She fell into a cave, I tried to save her but a vampire killed her. I got a certificate for this story.
What do you do/where do you go for inspiration?
I do things to trigger memories or feelings such as getting in nature, a smell, listening to music, looking at photos, or art.
Do you prefer quiet, ambient sound or music while you write?
I prefer quiet when I write.
Hogwarts, Narnia, Neverland, or Westeros?
What’s your favourite song to sing at Karaoke?
Guns and Roses, Sweet child of mine
Favourite song to sing in the shower when no one else is home?
Bon Jovi, You give love a bad name
You can find Elise online:
My NZ Dream
Join us in the group “A journey of transformation.”