Tiffany Manchester is an ex professional athlete and an avid surfer. Writing a e-book isn’t a straightforward activity however Tiffany wrote an important one in Surfer Girls Kick Ass.
Born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Tiffany Manchester spent a decade in a profession as an expert athlete in freestyle whitewater kayaking. She traveled everywhere in the world and received a number of competitions together with; 3x Canadian Champ, Nationwide Champ, and Bronze World Medalist. After some time, the spark that after ignited her life started to dim, and for unexplainable causes she craved saltwater as a substitute of her acquainted freshwater. She is now a novelist, splitting her time between the surf seashores of Hawaii and Nicaragua. Surfer Girls Kick Ass is her first novel.
How precisely did you find yourself in Hawaii + Nicaragua?
For years I dreamed of browsing in Hawaii. I lastly took the leap when my fiancé/kayaking companion left me for one more lady, and since I used to be transitioning out of my profession (and picture) as an expert athlete. I went by way of a significant transformation throughout my first 5 years right here in Hawaii, largely from the necessity to get better from heartbreak. This was no small activity! Nevertheless it compelled me to do a whole lot of private therapeutic (within the type of; browsing, meditating, dancing, magic mushrooms, plus the trials and tribulations of latest lovers), all main me down the attractive path of large self-growth.
I finally met a good looking man, Ken, one evening on the dance ground of an digital music competition. We each needed to discover a new surf mecca collectively, so we jotted down our targets and wishes, and when Nicaragua stored popping up on our radar we determined to make a journey. We fell in love with it, and have been going again for years.
Writing a novel will not be a small aspiration – What made you determine to jot down one?
It truly all began with a bumper sticker I had made: surfergirlskickass. That is going to sound bizarre, nevertheless it felt like there was extra to it than only a sticker. It needed to be extra, and I had this urge…a calling that got here within the type of a whisper: ‘write a e-book’ that wouldn’t go away. And whereas I had written articles for kayaking magazines again within the day, I had by no means thought-about writing a novel! So for some time I did nothing, although I couldn’t cease eager about it. Actually, the longer I procrastinated the more severe I felt. However ultimately the timing introduced itself and I used to be out of excuses. The one factor left to do was- to do it!
Fiction is commonly impressed by true experiences – Is that true about this story? Is the primary character, Zoe Smith, primarily based off anyone specifically?
Making a story out of skinny air was a surreal expertise, however you’re proper in that I undoubtedly infused it with my very own experiences, utilizing folks I do know to assist develop the characters whereas sharing classes I’ve realized alongside the best way.
I do see a whole lot of myself in Zoe as a result of I had to attract from my very own experiences to make sure the e-book was relatable. Sure, the storyline is fictional, however the underlying essence and feeling of it comes from the depth of my soul. As for the opposite characters, I’d say all of them have bits of a number of folks in them, particularly Sophie and Seth…who turned very expensive to my coronary heart. It’s actually unimaginable how the characters turned ‘actual’ to me. It’s as if they’re lengthy misplaced associates…
What had been some challenges you confronted penning this story? What are some challenges you confronted within the book-writing/publishing world?
I’d say that worry and uncertainty had been the primary culprits. A few of these fears had been: Why am I penning this? How does it match into my model? Is that this a great use of my time? How am I going to create a narrative out of skinny air?
As for the writing and publishing half… Yeah, the challenges had been primarily based on the truth that I had by no means written or printed a e-book, and due to this fact had no thought the best way to go about it. How it might all unfold was past me.
I performed video games with myself for the writing half, like; write one web page/day, or write one chapter/day and many others. I took a month off right here and there as properly, after I let the procrastination win. It’s rather a lot like yoga…the toughest half is attending to the mat. However as soon as I discovered a rhythm and bought into the story and the event of the characters I used to be too curious as to how it might play out so I couldn’t give up! It was a reduction to get to the purpose of figuring out that I might truly full the e-book, which is after I gave myself a legit objective: to complete it by the tip of the 12 months.
The publishing half was a totally completely different journey. Self-publish or discover a writer? Who ought to I self-publish with? What in regards to the cowl artwork? How a lot is that this going to value? What can I afford? What about an editor?
There have been so many insane choices to make after I give it some thought. However that was the toughest half. Now that I’ve the expertise and data – my subsequent books will probably be a lot simpler to create!
Did you ever really feel like giving up? In that case, what made you press on?
I took breaks from writing, however I don’t assume I ever gave up. One of the simplest ways I can clarify what made me press on is that the power was too robust! Truthfully, if that urge to jot down this story hadn’t been nagging away at my thoughts, I by no means would’ve thought to jot down a e-book within the first place.
What would you like your readers to remove from the novel?
My purpose is to assist my readers develop their intuitive abilities in order that they study to go inward for the solutions to their questions and to appreciate that whereas asking for the opinions of others may be useful, the one actual method to achieve confidence in your ‘self’ is by being attentive to and taking motion from the reality inside.
What did you study your self and/or take away from this course of?
I realized so many issues!
The will for conducting your objective needs to be so robust that you simply received’t let something cease you from reaching it. That means, although I didn’t know what would come of the e-book and even its goal, I may really feel that the e-book wasn’t about ‘me’. It was coming from one thing past me — and that power carried me to completion.
I additionally realized the significance of not being connected to the result. I truthfully haven’t apprehensive whether or not or not folks will prefer it – I’m simply proud that I adopted by way of with it. I’ve felt guided by way of your entire course of, so although there was a ton of analysis concerned and choices to make within the publishing course of, as soon as I landed on my reply, the factor that felt proper, I trusted it completely- Feeling supported every step of the best way.
Having skilled that, I’ve found that it’s the one method to work: With coronary heart, with interior steering, with belief and religion within the course of.
Feeling peace is means higher than feeling anxious and careworn, proper?
Tiffany Manchester is now writing her second novel, and likewise helps shoppers achieve readability and perception with angel tarot readings. You could find out extra about Tiff and Surfer Girls Kick Ass and every part else on her web site: www.tiffanymanchester.com
Instagram: @tiffmanchester, @surfergirlskickass
Surfer Women Kick Ass is out there on Amazon for $9.22 on Kindle or $18,99 on paperback.