Q & A with Toby Morrison

Why did you decide to write your book?

I wrote the book over the space of three years. It began with my personal story of overcoming CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) – I remember reading it one night and thinking wow this is actually inspiring, maybe I could make this into a book and inspire others worldwide.

Who/what inspired you to write?

Having suffered Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for four years and not having much hope or guidance in my recovery I had a burning desire to fill that gap for other people suffering out there. This is the main reason why I do what I do – to simply help people who need help.

What was the most rewarding part of the writing process?

The most rewarding part about writing the book was writing with my heart. There would be nights after work where I would write for hours without having to think just because it came so easily to me. I used to get chills down the back of my neck when I would write about something that will empower thousands of people.

What are your top tips for writing a book?

For me it was just writing what I felt emotionally. I would write for hours without looking back at my work. Thank god for editors as my grammar wasn’t great. But what was important was that I got my main point across. I did a little planning too, which helped me write chapters and always kept me on my toes to complete it faster.

Which books/authors have inspired you?

I really liked Craig Harper’s inspirational books as I related his stuff with my problems. He is simple, honest and straight to the point, which I think is important with self-help books.

Why did you decide to self publish and why Palmer Higgs?

I chose Palmer Higgs because they knew more than I did and were very personal and interested in my work.

What do you hope your readers get out of your book?

A lot – inspiration, education, guidance and help. I wish this book existed when I was unwell as this was everything I needed to help me get back on my feet and living again.

Would you consider writing another book?

I am sure this is the first of many. I am already planning to write my second book within the next two years.

Do you have any other tips for new authors (i.e. book launch, research, marketing, etc.)?

Write about what you love or have passion for. I am far from your normal author as I wasn’t much of an English academic. However I had a passion that made it easy to write about.

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