Pers onal POTENTIAL
DENISE CARTER MEETS AN AUTHOR WHO HOPES TO INSPIRE AND MOTIVATE
KURANDA author Stephen Chong’s third book is Letters across Time and was launched in Cairns last month, as well as in the UK and the US. Although there is plenty of “murder and mayhem” in the book according to Stephen, he says the narrative thread brings an inspirational and motivational voyage of discovery to readers.
“In book two, The Music of the Soul, the protagonist, Monique, loses her parents and her story starts,” Stephen says.
“In this one, her arch nemesis takes The Book of Mysteries, which is like the bible for ducks and it is their life purpose to get it back
“She fi nds love and has children, and she has to deal with grief and loss, morality and the complexity of relationships.”
Yes, you did read correctly – the protagonists are ducks, but it is not a children’s book, although Stephen says anyone over 15 would be entranced by the duck stories, which are really parables, and will fi nd some ‘ aha’ moments throughout.
“I narrate and then I stop and tell a short story,” Stephen says. “It’s like a master telling a story to a disciple.
“Then it moves to a third type of writing, to practical techniques on living.”
The duck idea came to Stephen when writing The Music of the Soul and he has continued the life of the ducks in the third book across generations.
Aged 56 now, Stephen came late in life to writing, starting at 51 in response to a personal crisis.
When the idea to write a book popped into his head, he decided to run with it.
The inspirational aspect of his writing and his life is likely inherited.
“My mother is a spiritual mentor,” he says. “Lots of people go to her and she does workshops and meditation.”
Like mother, like son, Stephen too can be found giving inspirational talks, as a professional development coach and keynote speaker.
Tying in his spiritual encouragement with his writing, he promises readers that his book will build a bridge to bring them to their full potential.
He says: “It builds the bond between mind and heart into a singular and compelling sense of purpose.”
Letters across Time – A journey of enlightenment by Stephen Paul Chong is available from Angus & Robertson, Cairns Crystal Ball Bookstore at 91 Grafton St, Orchid Plaza Newsagents, and online at www. stephenchong. com. au