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Last Week's Podcast and Panel Discussion  with Nada Jones--Founder of Libertyforher

The last two weeks have been super fun working with Nada Jones in her quest to inspire other women to realize their dreams. I was honored to be on a panel in Santa Monica at WeWork where a cosy room of entrepreneurs heard my story of writing Waking Mathilda--A Memoir Of Childhood Narcolepsy. 

A group of  entrepreneurs gathered to inspire women to tell their story, find their voice and engage with their unique creativity. From L-R Celeste Liversidge (adoption attorney), Sarah Duddleham (founder of Darling.com) and yours truly. I got to share my story...from hard working writer to self-published author. But the best bit was hearing from the room.

A group of  entrepreneurs gathered to inspire women to tell their story, find their voice and engage with their unique creativity. From L-R Celeste Liversidge (adoption attorney), Sarah Duddleham (founder of Darling.com) and yours truly. I got to share my story...from hard working writer to self-published author. But the best bit was hearing from the room.

I learned so much from the other panelists that I went back to the next evening with my own Liberty to LIBERTY sessions hosted in Pasadena. 

We named our daughter Liberty 17 years ago.  She lives up to her name :)

We named our daughter Liberty 17 years ago.  She lives up to her name :)

The second night another author who's book I read several years ago, also spoke about her journey to being published. Which (BTW) is very different from mine. Jillian Lauren got an agent and catapulted straight to the NY Times best sellers list with her memoir "Some Girls."  

Jillian Lauren is not only a serious writer but an entertaining speaker, mother and rock wife! She also adopted two sons from Africa and is now on the PTA at their school! 

Jillian Lauren is not only a serious writer but an entertaining speaker, mother and rock wife! She also adopted two sons from Africa and is now on the PTA at their school! 

Several years ago I attended one of Nada's workshops right at the same time I began writing. It was game-changer for me, learning exactly what I needed to do going forward with this big idea I had about the book. That's all it was back then--an idea backed up with belief.

Three years later it is rewarding for us both to realize just what happens when you put excellent advice into practice. It's funny to think now how I really had no serious notion of what was involved in the writing process. I didn't even know what a hashtag was, wasn't present on Social Media and  hadn't thought seriously about self-publishing.  

This is my work space--a little desk from Ikea at which I wrote my entire manuscript. Nada Jones  coaches women like me who have an idea but no idea how to implement it. 

This is my work space--a little desk from Ikea at which I wrote my entire manuscript. Nada Jones  coaches women like me who have an idea but no idea how to implement it. 

If you want to hear that podcast click on the link below. Then check out the other free content at LIBERTY sessions on iTunes. 

Every story in Nada's podcast series is uniquely told by women who have found their mojo, made it happen and want to give back. 

Here's where you'll hear a behind the scenes account of my journey. Get comfy, grab your cuppa your and enjoy!

What you'll hear in this podcast:

  • My professional background back in the day. Ode to Florence Nightingale. 
  • The 2010 H1N1 vaccine. How everything changed in one small shot. 
  • The symptoms of narcolepsy Mathilda experienced at 3 years old.
  • How she got a diagnosis.
  • Why we moved to SoCal.
  • Mathilda's nightly medication schedule.
  • The impact of being up through the night medicating a CWN.
  • Regret around the vaccine. Mothers' guilt.
  • The impact of chronic illness on the whole family.
  • Why I've told my story. 
  • From reader to writer (via the sciences.) 
  • What it takes to become an author/entrepreneur. 
  • Trade versus Indie publishing.
  • Introversion and extroversion: The personality behind the writer. 
  • My writing schedule: what a typical day looks like. 
  • How to bring humor into a painful story. A bit about the lunch party. 
  • Time to embrace social media, Youtube and being real. 
  • The reality of the writing journey. How I got over my pity party on bad days. 
  • Why we should never ever give up and not just because I'm a Londoner. 
  • Having a great cheerleader. But it shouldn't be your sister. 
  • Crazy LIBERTY questions. 

 

Thanks for listening friends and happy weekend! 

 

On Narcolepsy


 
“Claire Crisp has written a book that illumines the strength of the human spirit and the depth of human love in suffering. It is a gem.”
— Dr. Eleonore Stump, St. Louis University

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Claire Crisp

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“The experience of having your child develop narcolepsy when only a few years old is terrifying. Claire Crisp’s eloquent experience with Mathilda will help the thousands of children that develop narcolepsy every year to be more quickly recognized and treated.”
— Dr. Emmanuel Mignot, Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences
“This story envelopes [us] because of its profound vulnerabilities, its infuriating injustices, its dogged love, its honest faith. Claire Crisp draws us into their family story with intimate candor and tender courage.”
— Dr. Mark Labberton, President, Fuller Theological Seminary