1. Hi, welcome to Amanda Writes. Please tell readers a little about yourself.
Thanks so much for having me to visit. I’m Dr Elizabeth Reid Boyd. My natural pen name Eliza Redgold is based upon the Gaelic meaning of my full name. I write contemporary and historical fiction published by Harlequin and St Martin’s Press (as Eliza Redgold) and non-fiction (as Elizabeth Reid Boyd).
2. When did you first realize you wanted to become a writer and what inspired your first book?
I’ve been a reader and a writer ever since I could remember. My daughter Jessica, who is a psychologist and wrote The Secrets of Mindful Beauty with me, was the same. I’d find tiny notebooks full of stories!
3. Plotter or panster?
I practice mindfulness and meditation, and teach these practices to my university students. I’m fascinated by how much more creative we are when we slow down and let ideas grow. Then it’s time to plot and plan.
4. What is the title of your upcoming release and can you talk briefly about it?
I’m very excited at the recent release a groundbreaking non-fiction book with Skyhorse Publishing New York: The Secrets of Mindful Beauty.
We all face beauty challenges at some time in life, such as:
- Poor self-esteem, lack of self-care or confidence;
- Cosmetic challenges and changes to skin, hair and nails made worse by stress;
- Anxiety about aging.
In The Secrets of Mindful Beauty you can learn how to:
- Boost your beauty esteem and positive self-regard with simple mindfulness treatments to make you look and feel more calm and confident;
- Use a mind-body stress reduction method that gives you a new, powerful, proven self-care tool;
- Practice invigorating, healthy anti-ageing techniques that will change the way you see yourself today and in the years to come.
5. What message do you anticipate readers to draw from this story?
Many beauty products offer us hope in a jar. The Secrets of Mindful Beauty offers more than hope. It offers the power of your mind.
6. What book is on top of your TBR pile?
I’m reading about lucid dreaming. We can all become more aware of our dreams, and even more active in our dreamscape. It’s a fascinating area for developing our creativity.
7. How long does it take you to write the first draft of a story?
The first draft comes quickly, it is rewriting that takes time and discipline.
8. Have you ever been stuck with writer’s block? If yes, how do you deal with it?
Physical activity often breaks writer’s block. If I’m staring at a computer screen, I find the simplest techniques can work, especially to deal with fatigue. Here’s an easy exercise from The Secrets of Mindful Beauty:
In the Palm of Your Hand
When your eyes are tired, tune in to your body’s energy by using the palming technique. Briskly rub the palms of your hands together for thirty seconds. You may feel some tingling in your hands. Cup your hands and place them over your eyes. Breathe in and out slowly for one minute. Remove your hands. Blink.
9. What are you currently working on?
A screenwriter in the UK is developing a script for NAKED: A Novel of Lady Godiva (written as Eliza Redgold). I’m reading and making notes. It’s very exciting!
10. Any advice for aspiring writers?
Try meditation. Our minds are truly magical.
The Secrets of Mindful Beauty: Revolutionary Techniques in Anti-Aging and Self-Care
If you think the answer to anti-aging and looking good comes from a jar, a salon, or a surgical procedure: think again. The best beauty treatment is in your own mind.
Did you know:
- Depression can give you wrinkles
- Insomnia can cause sagging skin
- Anxiety can increase reddening and skin rashes
- Stress can result in acne and hair loss
and much more?
Discover the secrets of mindful beauty. Lose your permanent frown. Smooth your worried brow without Botox. Turn your sag lines into smile lines. These age-defying techniques have been specially created for a happier, more beautiful you.
Mindful beauty is a way of applying the practices of mindfulness to our physical health and well-being. Many of our routines around beauty lend themselves to mindfulness, and this will not only enhance the experience, but also have ongoing positive beautifying effects by reducing the stress and anxiety that can affect how we look and feel.
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Dr Elizabeth Reid Boyd has degrees in psychology and gender studies. She has taught interpersonal, communication, and personal development skills including meditation, self-awareness, self-care and mindfulness at the university level for almost two decades. She writes fiction as Eliza Redgold.