Is an independent woman – on a mission.
WHY DID YOU WRITE A GUIDE BOOK FOR SOLO LIVING?
As someone who lives alone, I wanted to find a book to help me navigate some of its more treacherous shallows and explore the really positive aspects. In Australia, a quarter of all households consist of people living by themselves. Yet living alone is viewed by many as the runner-up prize, synonymous with some kind of failure.
WHAT ARE THE CHALLENGES YOU COVER IN IT?
Often it’s not the big things that are the challenging aspects of living alone, but the small, relentless, practical tasks that threaten to overwhelm solo-livers. I cover cooking for one, tips on health and solo finances, along with emotional advice on motivation, resilience, and the opportunities for self-discovery.
WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE WRITER’S LIFE AS LONELY?
I didn’t see book writing as a particularly isolating experience – no more so than anything else I do! The process has been quite sociable, actually. I’ve interviewed some wonderful people. Like so many stereotypes (the cat-owning woman!) the ‘lonely author in the attic’ isn’t very accurate, at least for me! The worst type of loneliness is being alone in a relationship, and it’s all too common.