Pers onal PO­TEN­TIAL

DENISE CARTER MEETS AN AUTHOR WHO HOPES TO IN­SPIRE AND MO­TI­VATE

The Weekend Post - Cairns Eye - - Write -

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

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