woensdag 31 maart 2021

Bookreview: Trekker Girl - Morocco Bound

"What a very nice memoir!"


Blood clot survivor, Dawne Archer (aka Trekker Girl) tells her story of 
family trauma, friendship rekindled and what seemed like 'a good idea 
at the time'. Was trekking the Sahara Desert a step too far in her efforts
to fundraise for Thrombosis UK?

"I suffer from Survivor Gilt, why did my Dad die from his blood clot
while I lived through mine? At the age of 26 I experienced two clots;
one in my leg and another in my lung.  People tell me "You're lucky
to be alive!" And they are right.

Having made it to my 50s, I now live a fuller and more active life than
ever before, although most people would say that trekking in the
Sahara Desert to raise money for charity was perhaps a step too far.

After being contacted by a friend I last saw 35 years before, I rashely
signed up for this trek which pushed me way beyond my normal limits
of endurance.

Join me on my journey through the trials and tribulation of this 
adventure. Laugh and cry with me. This is my story."

With blood clots, knowing what to look for might save your live or that
of someone close to you. Trombosis UK works hard to educate both the 
public and the health professionals to 'Spot the Clot'.

All profits from sales of this book will be donated to Thrombosis UK. 

My Review

First of all: I must admit - I'm a fan of deserts too, so the book cover really
attracted me. The walking part is something else. 

I liked the way the author talked about her life, her illness
and her amazing travel plan. She's very positive! 

She wrote honestly and the book read easily as I wanted to continue

She described her travels detailled. It was chronological and
good structured. And I also did like the photographs and the comments
as well!

I'm really certain now. When we can travel again: Morocco is on
the wish list!

I would recommend Trekker Girl - Morocco Bound  to anyone who
loves fair travel memoirs. I like to give with lots of pleasure and support a
5* rating. 

The Author

I was pleasantly surprised that the author organises a fundraising for
Thrombosis UK. Fundraising on this link.

I would love to read more about your other adventures.  

We love memoirs

I received a free copy via the We love memoirs group, the friendliest group
on Facebook. 

donderdag 25 maart 2021

Bookreview: The Heir and the Enchantress


What a great love story! 


Hazel Trethow is infatuated with a notorious rake despite her father's plan
to betroth her to the heir of wealthy barony. Her scheming to find a love
match for her dearest friend and herself turns into a scandal that could
ruin them both.

Harold Hobbs returns home from business in India with a plan to save his
family from ruin. He does not anticipate his father's plot to wed him to Miss

My review

What a great love story! 

The Heir and the Enchantress really is a wonderful book. I enjoyed the story
and the characters as well. It also has a nice cover! 

It was written very good, clear and it read fluently. I liked the way the author
worked out the plot and the characters. 

It was a lovely, laid back reading which I like a lot. I recommend this amazing
book to all who enjoy reading historical love stories. I give this with lot of 
pleasure a 5 * rating. 

The author

Celebrated for her complex characters, realistic conflicts and sensual love
scenes, Paullett Golden puts a spin on historical romance. Her novels, set
primarily in Georgian and Regency England with some dabbling in 
Ireland, Scotland and France. Her stories show love overcoming adversity.
Whatever our self-doubts, love will out. 


I received a free copy via Booktasters and the author. Thank you very much!

woensdag 24 maart 2021

Author in the Picture: Darlene Corbett

A while ago, I got the chance to read and review a book via Booktasters. It was
Stop Depriving the World of You - A Guide for Getting Unstuck, written by
Darlene Corbett. You can re-read my review on this link

I was very fascinated by her book and her unstuck theory that I wanted to ask her
for the author in the picture post. 

So, here are the questions and answers for and by Darlene Corbett. 

Questions and answers

How did you start writing? Did you for ex. study something special?

I fell in love with writing in my fifties. I took no courses, but I constantly hone
my writing skills. I have developed a style of writing that is conversational.

My first article was published in 2011 when the Massachusetts’
National Association of Social Workers invited me to write about hypnosis
for their monthly publication. I was scared to death. My initial fear is that
it would be rejected. Fortunately, it was not. A friend who did not know I was
writing it, let me know had read it and thought it was good.

Next I wrote for an online forum that focused on aging. The editor liked my
articles. Some of the audience did not like my message of having more choices
as we age, but that is a different story. My confidence continued to grow,
and I began writing articles on LinkedIn. I wrote a few when Huffington Post
gave a platform for those who wished to publish on their website. Unless,
your article was elevated, you could not locate the author.

 Eventually, through a newsletter, they found their way in front of an
administrator of a small publishing company who introduced me to the
publisher, and my book was published several months later. Along the way,
I began to write articles for Sixty and Me and a few on Thrive Global. Finally,
BizCatalyst360 reached out to me  and invited me to write for them.
Within a short period of time, I went from Columnist to Featured Contributor
for their online media platform.

Can you tell me more about your writings?

Most of my writing is around subjects of personal development since
I am a therapist. The beauty of my professional identity is that it crosses over
many issues in life. I have also begun to take a stab at writing some fiction around a
historical figure. It has been much fun to try to get into their heads and develop a
short story around them.

Do you prefer to write/work alone?

I write alone. I would not be opposed to write with a group, but time
for me is the essence.

Do you have a special daily routine?

No, I fit in writing when I have time or make time if I want to finish an article.

What is your biggest inspiration?

I do not know. I believe in God and feels he inspires me.
An idea will suddenly pop into my head. It could be around a person,
event, or something I forgot about and try to resurrect. I am blessed that so far
I have not experienced writer’s block.

How did you start with the unstuck theory?

I worked with a strategy coach on how to hone my very broad message of
positivity. She suggested this, and being someone who helps to get people
unstuck for a living, it resonated with me.

You do a lot of professional things. Can you explain more and which
one do you like the most or don’t you have any preferences?

I love all of my professional experiences. As I get older, I would like to cut
back on my therapy practice and increase my speaking and writing endeavors.
I will always be a therapist which is my foundation for everything else.

Do you like sport or do you do other important things for your health?

I exercise at least three to four times a week. The treadmill  has been my main
source, but as I get older, I have added other forms of exercise such
TRX for my upper body.

How did you spend your time during the Corona time?

I have been very blessed to be able to make a living with the help of platforms
that bring virtual therapy to the world. My clients are fine with it. I prefer to see
people versus teletherapy. I had been planning to close my practice in eastern
Massachusetts, and fortunately, virtual therapy has helped me usher into this next
chapter. Again, I am blessed that I have these tools. Other than going out far less,
my life has not changed except for not having an arduous commute.

Do you like to learn new things?

I remain a lifelong learner and will continue to be so all the days of my life.
Like many writers, I am a voracious reader. Before the internet, I used to keep
a dictionary by my side to research words that went beyond my vocabulary.
When I leave this earth, I hope to be reading a good book or writing one.

What are your plans/wishes for the future for you and the world?

I plan on continuing all of my endeavors. Again, I want to increase speaking
and writing.  I may slow down, but as the great Confucius said, “It does not matter
how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”

Thank you 

Darlene, I want to thank you very much for taking your time to answer my 
Questions. I wish you lots of success with all your projects and keep me
updated :-) 

👉 If you want to know more about Darlene Corbett, please check her website
on this link.

zaterdag 20 maart 2021

Bookreview: The Dream Factory

Written by John Simes 

"What a page turner"


After the violent abduction of his parents by the criminal 'Golden Hand', the
16 year-old Peter Young and his brilliant friend, Navinda Eman, flee to the 
Dream Factory - a stone hunt on a deserted beach. Peter has a precious secret
that he must protect, but someone in the village is determined to find them 
and destroy the Dream Factory.

My Review

While reading, I always make some short notes, but this time I absolutely
wanted to know the end. So, be aware, this is a real page turner! I even 
couldn't stop reading. 

I liked the lay-out, the clear chapters and the fantastic characters of the
story. It was a mix of adventure, fantasy and humour.

Later I learned that this is the author's first book. This is very hard to

My conclusion: don't hesitate to read this book, if you like adventure
and fantasy. I give with lots of pleasure a 5* rating. 

The Author

John Simes was born in Lambeth, London. He is an experienced teacher
of English Literature in state secondary schools and has served as a
Principal and Head Teacher in two of the UK's largest comprehensive 
schools. John founded 'Collingwood Learning' in 2004 to advise on
school improvement and he is assisting government programmes in the UK
and Africa to set up new schools. 

In 2013, John set up Collingwood Publishing and Media Ltd. He now writes
fiction and supports programmes in the UK and Africa to set up new schools. 

He lives with his family in south Devon where he grapples with his addictions
to cricket, poetry and the stunning local landscape. 


I received a free copy via Booktasters and the author. Thank you very much for this 
fantastic reading chance!

woensdag 17 maart 2021

Bookreview: Summer of 77

What a wonderful memoir!


A holiday can change everything ...
... it did for Fred.

He went on a two-week break with three friends to the Spanish island of Ibiza in 
July 1976. It was so enjoyable they all vowed to come back for the following

In April 1977, Fred returned to Ibiza, alone, in pursuit of his dream.

Behind him, he left his family, his girlfriend, and a promising career in banking.

Challenges lay ahead.

He needed a place to stay and to find work that would sustain him through the
next six months. 

This true to life memoir follows the 21-year-old Fred's adventures as he acclimatises
to living abroad. In a time before instant communication, he keeps in touch with his
family and friends by letter. They are his lifeline to home. 

My review

Spain and Portugal always are my two favourite holiday countries, so any memoirs
about them always attracts me very much. The 'Summer of 77' written by Robert
'Fred' Fear absolutely didn't let me down.

I loved the short, clear and chronological chapters and the lovely old pictures as 
well. It was written very fluently and I read it easily because the story could interest
me from the beginning until the end. It was so wonderful to learn about his 
adventures in Ibiza.

Of course, I want to give this amazing book a 5 * rating. I highly recommend
'Summer of 77' to all readers who like memoirs about Spain and especially about

The author

I think every reader of this blog knows already Robert 'Fred' Fear who was the
author in the picture in the blogpost of 3 March 2021 on this link

He really is an amazing author and person! 

We love Memoirs

I received a free copy via the We Love Memoirs group, which really is the most
friendliest and interesting group on Facebook! 

vrijdag 12 maart 2021

Bookreview : The Nomadic Art of Budget Travel

Slow down, Spend less, See More

Travel Deep for Cheap


If you've ever dreamed of traveling the world, visiting the Acropolis in Greece, 
the cityscapes of Tokyo, or the jungles of Peru - this is the book for you. 

Kayla Kurin guides readers through the art of travel without draining your
bank account. 

Flipping to a travel magazine, it would be easy to assume that travel takes a
lot of money. That luxury resorts and expensive tours are the only way to see
the world. But those publications are missing out on the joys of cheap travel.

My Review

If you want to know more tips and tricks about traveling for a long
period, then you should read this fantastic book. It personally interested
me very much.

It was written in clear, short, chapters and explained well. It also read
very fluently. However I was a bit disappointed that it was too generally.
I'd like to read something more specific. However I really liked the
anecdotes of the author. 

However it is a nice book to read for travel lovers (just as me). I want
to give a 4 * rating.

The Author

Kayla Kurin is a health, travel and fiction writer from Toronto. She has
traveled, lived, and worked in over 50 countries and loves writing about
her adventures in real and made-up worlds. Kayla will attempt to swim in
any body of water she sees and has never met a 1-euro bottle of wine she
didn't like. 


I received a free copy via Booksirens in return of my honest review.
Thank you for this reading chance! 

woensdag 10 maart 2021

Bookreview: When Your Voice Became Mine

There is a mailbox in Heaven

"What an emotional story"


Time does not exist in heaven. Since heaven is our real home, I will
not allow time to consume me here on earth; instead, I choose to use
my precious time wisely.

I have been sending "packages" to heaven - letters that I write to my
ten year old daughter - Christina - since she passed away on 
May 29, 2005. 

Each one is tied with my hopes, wishes, and new found purpose. What
I never fathomed were the gifts from above that would be sent back to
me. ....

Celeste N. Bowers

My Review

Losing someone special always is very tragic, especially a child.
It's very brave from the author to write about her daughter, the
loss and her feelings. 

The book and the story brought me a lot of thoughts and tears,
it certainly was written with love.

Perhaps it can be a support for anyone who had to deal with a
great loss. 

It was written very clear and it read fluently. That's why I want
to give this book a 5 * rating. 


I received a free copy from the author and from Booktasters.
Thank you very much! 

Source picture: Wikipedia

vrijdag 5 maart 2021

Bookreview: African Ways

 A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure to have a special guest on this blog with
my Author in the picture blog post. It was the lovely Val Poore. (See more on 
this link).

Now I had the honour to read and review one of her books: African Ways. 


This is the story of a young woman's first encounters with rural South Africa.
Coming from the all-mods-cons society of Britain at the beginning of the 1980's,
the author is literally transplanted to a farm in the foothills of the Drakenberg
mountains in what is now Kwazulu Natal.

Once there, she finds her feet in the ways of Africa with the help of a charming 
elderly Dutch couple, an appealing but wily African farm hand, his practical
and motherly daughter and a wise and fascinating neighbour who has a fund
of local knowledge.

These are tales of a different kind of life, which include living without
electricity, hand-milking cows, drought, veld fires and mad-cap adventures
into the unknown.

They are stories told with deep affection and respect and above all a liberal dose
of tongue in-cheek humour. 

My review

While reading Val Poore's memoirs of South Africa, I regret I know so little
of that continent and its people. 

But luckily, African Ways gives the readers a glimpse of how the living is in
South Africa.

I enjoyed reading African Ways because it's short, clear and the stories are
true but sometimes so funny! 

Of course it was written very well. I also want to mention the fantastic
historical knowledge of Val Poore. 

I would recommend African Ways to all who like to read memoirs about
South Africa. I want to give with lots of pleasure a 5 * rating to this book.

We love memoirs group

I received a free copy via the We love memoirs group, the most friendliest
group on Facebook. 

Source picture: Book Cover 

woensdag 3 maart 2021

Author in the picture: Robert 'Fred' Fear


Thank you very much for participating in this author in the picture blog post!
Lally Brown and Val Poore suggested you as the next author in the picture.
They both said: he is an excellent choice because he does a lot for the other
authors. I read your collection of 40 Inspirational True Stories
and the Summer of 77 is on my read and review list as well!
So, these are the questions, I would like to ask you.

The Questions & Answers

You organise an annual travel writing competition.
Can you explain more about the competition? How did it start? What is your goal?

Many thanks for featuring me on your blog, Kathleen. That is an interesting opening
question. The annual features I run on my blog started out as travel writing
competitions but have now evolved into showcases of authors’ real-life stories.
Let me explain how this venture has developed over the past six years.

While working on the second edition of my travel memoir Fred’s Diary 1981 in
early 2015, I began a blog to help with the editing process. To encourage
people to visit my website, I started a travel story competition (500-1000 words).
It was such a success that I ran another one for travel highlights (50-100 words).
That went well too. I published a selection of these in a book called
Travel Stories and Highlights.

In 2016, I re-ran the contests. Again, there were lots of fantastic entries,
and I released a 2017 edition which included the best contributions
from the first two years. 2017 and 2018 saw the competitions repeated.
This led to publication of the 2018 and 2019 editions of
Travel Stories and Highlights.

In 2019, I changed the format and introduced an Authors Showcase to the blog.
An anthology entitled 40 Memorable Life Experiences was the result.
Last year, I hosted another showcase and published the best stories
in a book called 40 Inspirational True Stories, which was published
in December 2020.

My goal is to give both well-known and lesser-known authors and
writers the opportunity to reach a wider audience. Some contributors
already have memoirs published and others are aiming to publish them
in the future. Indeed, I am proud to say that two writers (that I know of)
were inspired and motivated by the competitions and showcases
to self-publish their own books.

This year I am planning to feature another Authors Showcase. It will run
for six months from 1st April 2021. This year’s subject has yet to be decided,
but nearer the time your readers can find out all the details on my blog
2021 Showcase Guidelines (fd81.net)

All five anthologies are available on Amazon in Kindle and Paperback
formats. They can be ordered via my
Amazon Author page: viewauthor.at/RobertFear

You also work as a self-employed software consultant; do you have to
maintain a strict daily routine?

Yes, I have always had to maintain a strict routine while working.
Until this last year,
writing, editing and self-publishing books was a part-time
‘hobby’ that I had to plan around my ‘day job’. This meant I had to be very
strict with myself, especially when working from home.

Like many of us, however, things changed dramatically with the pandemic.
The software projects I was working on were in the hospitality sector.
All the work I had scheduled dried up as hotels closed and implementation
projects were put on hold. In fact, I have had no work for the past year and
there is nothing in the pipeline.

I am not sure what the future holds, as I am close to retirement age anyway,
but I can now devote more time to my writing. I have also become involved
as a volunteer trustee for the Citizens Advice charity here in Eastbourne,
and that is proving rewarding.

You mostly write travel memoirs, but do you write other genres too?

Before I answer your question about other genres, Kathleen, I hope you do
not mind if I just give you a brief recap about the two travel memoirs that
I have published.

Before starting, I should mention that Fred was a nickname given to me
while at school. It became my travel name and people still know me as
Fred to this day.

Fred’s Diary 1981: Travels in Asia is the edited version of a handwritten
diary that I kept during my time in South-East Asia between February
and July 1981. It stretched to 600 pages of closely written detail.

I almost forgot it for many years. It only appeared when friends asked to
see it or to read it. In 2005, I started typing up my diary onto the computer
as I wanted to share my experiences with others. I got the first two months
completed, but then ran out of motivation. Several years later, there was
an article in a PC magazine about Kindle and self-publishing that
sparked my interest.

The full version of Fred’s Diary 1981 came to market in December
2013 and sold well. It was a long book, though. The paperback ran to
564 pages and contained 165K words.

During the first few months of 2015 further editing took place and
the second edition, released in October 2015, comprised less than
100K words, with 360 pages. It also had a professional edit and
a sparkling new cover.

Amazon link: getbook.at/FredsDiary1981

I will now summarise how I wrote my latest release:
Summer of ‘77: Beaches, bars and boogie nights in Ibiza.

For a long time, I had been itching to write a memoir about the six months
I spent on the Spanish island of Ibiza, when I was 21. I started planning the
book in 2016. It was fortunate I still had the letters I received while working
the season in Ibiza. Otherwise, I would have found it difficult remembering
what happened forty years ago. I transcribed the letters and created a timeline
around them. This triggered memories of events from the time and I began writing.

After much prevarication and self-doubt, I completed the last chapter in May 2019.
Then I began self-editing my words and making the story concise and readable.
Next steps included the choice of a title, commissioning a cover design and
creating the blurb. Then came a professional edit which reduced the word
count by 10% and gave a real polish to the memoir. I published the book in
October 2019, on my 64th birthday.

Summer of 77 is on my to-read list. I'm really looking
forward to read because Portugal and Spain are my 2 favourite
countries to go on holiday 💥

Amazon link: getbook.at/Summerof77

Now back to your question about other genres, Kathleen. I dabble with writing
fiction and have written several short stories. I am also taking an online
Novel Writing Diploma and think this is the direction my writing will
take me in the future.

Are you the only one in your family who writes?

Well, I am now, but my father was a journalist and radio presenter in his later years.
Maybe I can just tell you about his memoirs and how I helped publish his book
after he passed away. 

This started for me back in 1992 when my father, John, was frail and confined to bed
most of the time. Visits to the hospital became more frequent, and the doctors were
talking about months, not years. John had been working on his recollections for 
several years and had already typed up many of the chapters. He also had plans
in place for finishing the remaining parts of his book. Now he could not continue. 

My mother called me to see if I could help. I was more than happy to get involved.
In the evenings and at weekends, I sat at my computer and transcribed the sections
that John had finished. I printed these off and sent them back to him. It was a 
period of reconciliation between father and eldest son as we discussed changes
and planned for the missing chapters.

During the months following his death, I continued working on John's memoirs
with the help of my mother and brother. In 1994 we printed a limited-edition
under the title Exclusive Pedigree. If it had not been for a chance remark, the
life of the book could have ended there. 

Towards the end of 2015, I was visiting my mother for a few days and gave her a
paperback copy of the second edition of Fred’s Diary 1981. Our conversation turned
to self-publishing, and we started talking about John’s memoirs.
Then came the bombshell  from Mary, “Did you know Rob, that John always
wanted his book professionally published?”

I had another challenge ahead, and within months I published my father’s book in
July 2016. I think John would be proud of the finished result, a fabulous tribute to
his life. 


Amazon link: getbook.at/ExclusivePedigree

When travelling, do you make a profound research or 
are you open for unexpected things?

I did most of my real travelling in my twenties. Travel plans were very fluid,
and I went with the flow. During that period, I had many adventures, including
the six months in Ibiza in 1977, two months hitchhiking around Europe and then
returning to Ibiza for three months in 1978. After that I based myself in Frankfurt,
Germany between 1979 and 1986 where I worked to get money, but also travelled
further afield. In 1979, I spent four months in the USA and Canada, often going
from place to place on Greyhound buses. In 1981, I took six months out to
travel around Hong Kong, Thailand, India and Nepal. After that I spent a further
five years working in a bank in Frankfurt, but still took a 5-6 week break most years.
For those trips, I toured the Canary Islands, Scandinavia, Greece and Turkey.

In 1986, I returned to Eastbourne on the south coast of England to be with my
future wife. We are still there 35 years later and have taken many holidays
together in the meantime. These have out of necessity been more structured,
but we have had some very special times in places such as Portugal,
Crete, Madeira, Goa, Australia, the Seychelles and New York.
We also got married in Kenya in 1994. Our most recent holidays
were cruises; a 7-day one to Norway in 2016 and a 14-day round trip to the
Canary Islands and Portugal in 2018.

In addition, I have had the fortune to be able to travel with work and spent
a lot of time in different countries around Europe, along with business trips
to Australia, Ghana, Singapore and Suriname. Although these were work-related,
I still found time to explore my surroundings on each occasion.


I have a long travelling wish list (perhaps too long J
What’s on your wish list?

There are so many places I would still love to visit when it is safe to do so again.
I am not sure they will ever happen, but my wish list includes South America,
New Zealand, Sri Lanka and Japan. If the opportunity arose,
I would also love to re-visit Nepal and the Seychelles.

Do you like to do something sporty while travelling or in normal life?

I have never been a sporty person, Kathleen. At school, I was the one who
would take a shortcut on the cross-country runs, hiding behind bushes having
a crafty cigarette. I did not enjoy the rough and tumble of rugby, so
I took part as a touch judge. My cricket skills were limited, and
I ended up scoring the matches instead of participating.

One thing I have always enjoyed, however, is walking. There are so many
places to explore near where we live in Eastbourne. I enjoy strolling on the
South Downs and along the seafront. Even during lockdown, I found new
places on my daily exercise walks close to home. To illustrate this,
I am including an extract from an article I wrote in early May last year:

If anyone had told me at the start of the year what was going to happen
in 2020, I would have thought they were crazy.

Over the past few weeks, I have learned to cope with this new reality.
The initial feelings of anxiety and fear subsided, and my views changed
as I became more sensitive to others and aware of how fragile our society is.

We are among the lucky ones. Although work from my day job has
evaporated, my wife and I live in a comfortable house, our three cats
keep us company, and we have enough money to last through this crisis.
As a bonus, the weather has been warm and sunny for the daily exercise
walks we are allowed to take.

When the lockdown was implemented, my thoughts turned to those
less fortunate. Older people unable to leave home, those suffering
 from grief and depression, and residents of countries with even stricter
lockdowns. I thought about how I might share my experiences on social media,
 to give motivation and bring a smile to the faces of those within my reach.

Living where we do in Eastbourne, on the south-east coast of England,
we have many beautiful spots close to our home. There are several parks
filled with trees, plants, grassland and lakes. Not far away is a farm track
that winds through fields where horses, sheep and cattle graze. Birds sing as
though nothing is wrong with the world. Then there is the seafront,
along which runs a three-mile promenade, with views out across the
English Channel.

Because of the lockdown and social distancing measures, there have been
few people around on my daily walks. I gained a sense of tranquillity and
tried to capture those precious moments on my smartphone, so I could
share them with others.

With video clips, I recorded nature’s sights and sounds. These included
gentle swaying trees with uplifting birdsong in the background, views across
idyllic farmland to the hills of the South Downs, and waves crashing onto
the shingle beach on a windy but sunny afternoon.

Amongst other subjects, my photos captured the beauty of spring flowers,
rainbows drawn by children hung in windows, colourful beach huts,
seafront carpet gardens, and the pier’s golden dome sparkling in the
sunlight against a backdrop of clear blue skies.

I posted these to Facebook, both on my timeline and in two groups.
In addition, I shared selected videos and photos on Instagram and
Twitter. Three of those images are included here.

Cherry blossom

Social distancing seagulls

Children’s rainbow drawings

This really looks idyllic!! Nice drawings 🌈

What are your attitudes towards social media and do
you think it has a positive or negative impact on people’s lives?

That is a tough one, Kathleen. I have mixed feelings about the
power that tech companies such as Facebook wield in today’s world,
but I think they can be a force for good when used in the proper way.
They can be very addictive though, and we all need to be careful about spending
too much time on them.

The main platforms I use are Facebook (facebook.com/fredsdiary1981)
and Twitter (@fredsdiary1981), although I also have a
presence on Instagram and Pinterest.

I have a favourite group on Facebook called ‘We Love Memoirs’
and I know you are a member too, Kathleen. It is rightly known as
‘the friendliest group on Facebook’. I joined in 2014 and have been
overwhelmed by the encouragement and support they have given me.
My appearance on two of their ‘Sunday Spotlights’ motivated me to
publish my father’s memoirs Exclusive Pedigree and write my
memoir Summer of ’77


For the past three and a half years, I have had the honour of running the
‘We Love Memoirs’ Twitter page and we have built up a wonderful group
there as well. ‘We Love Memoirs’ has also recently launched on Instagram.
The handle on both Twitter and Instagram is @welovememoirs.

So, overall, I am very positive about social media and its influences on
people, provided it is used in the right way.

I always end with the same question: What are your wishes/hopes/ ….
for 2021 for you personally as well as for the world?

I am an optimistic person and try to look on the bright side of life. 
That has not been easy with the trials and tribulations of the pandemic,
but I hope we can all learn something from our experiences over the past
year. My sincere wish is that we all become kinder and more compassionate
towards each other and our planet.


Thank you again for hosting me on your blog today, Kathleen,
and for your thought-provoking questions.
May I wish you every success for the future.

Thank you!

Thank you Robert 'Fred' Fear to have you on my blog! It was a real honour and
I wish you also lots of success for the future and I hope to read many lovely
memoirs of you!