Although I’ve had bad grades in writing at high school, I became a journalist and I published books.
I’m a single mother of two boys at the age of 15 and 17. We live in Winterthur in Switzerland together with 3 cats.
I had bad grades in writing at high school, but I loved books and stories. I studied literature and languages in Zurich, French, German and English and at the end of my studies, I had the big picture of the world literature. I would have loved to write my own book, but I was so afraid of criticism and I didn’t dare.
Although, writing had always been my thing. My journal was my dearest companion as a teenager.
After my study, I dreamt of working as a journalist. This was easier for me than becoming a writer. I didn’t have to write about personal things. I worked for daily newspapers and magazines. After years, I decided to change the side and worked for compagnies in their communication department, writing press releases, publishing their employee magazine or their annual reports. Most of the time in three languages: German, French and English.
In my fifties, I lost my job, and it was hard for me to find another job. I decided to start my own business. I learnt how to put together simple websites, I supported compagnies with social media management and I created small marketing videos for startups and bigger compagnies.
Three years ago, I was convinced it was time to get me mentors. This has been the turning point in my life. My mentors told me to do what I like. I decided to publish my first children’s book. As I was used to edit and print magazines and annual reports, I did it by self-publishing, and it had to be in three languages: German, English and French to make it accessible to as many readers as possible. The English edition of “Leonard and Loulou” was bought by an American Publishing house. As I was successful with the first book, I published the continuation titled Leonard and Lea.
What have always been there, were my self-doubts about my writing. The fear of being criticized had not gone away. But I pushed myself out of the comfort zone and I also started to write my own story in 2020. The book “Living Without Fear” was half written, when the Covid-19 virus started to spread. As the topic fear became so important, I started my own podcast “Living Without Fear” where I teach a lot of helpful exercises about mindset.
My children’s book opened up the doors to teach others to write and first and foremost to find joy in it. My mission, to inspire other women to become self-confident and do what they like, is now my biggest driving force.