Kindle Author Interview: Juliet Eccleston

Juliet Eccleston, author of Storytelling to Help Your Child, discusses her book, her journey as a writer, and self-publishing on Kindle.

DAVID WISEHART: What can you tell us about Storytelling to Help Your Child?

JULIET ECCLESTON: It is a parent or careers guide for to how to build stories for children to help them overcome issues they may be experiencing. It focuses on the role of metaphors in helping children to visualise situations which have a similar pattern to their own problem. It is especially effective with children as it is a very non-threatening method of tackling a problem. Often children dislike talking directly about an issue and this approach opens the door to the problem being talked about, without the directness feared by both child and parent/carer.

DAVID WISEHART: Who do you imagine is your ideal reader?

JULIET ECCLESTON: A parent, carer, teacher or therapist dealing with children from around the age of 3 to 10 years. It has been written in a very simple style so is accessible to both a complete novice as well as adding value to a trained therapist.

DAVID WISEHART: What was your journey as a writer?

JULIET ECCLESTON: As a hypnotherapist you get used to creating short stories "on the fly" in order to build unique visualisations for each person you see and I love the creative challenge this brings. When I became pregnant I knew that I wanted to not only use the skills I had learnt as a parent, but also share these skills so that more people could help children by using this very gentle and effective method of healing.

DAVID WISEHART: What is your writing process?

JULIET ECCLESTON: I tend to write quite a lot at a time and then take a couple of days break and revisit it, however with a small child my writing has been a little more sporadic than I would have liked. My inspiration has absolutely been my son and the stories and methods in the book have been well tested over time.

DAVID WISEHART: What authors most inspire you?

JULIET ECCLESTON: I enjoy reading books which enable quick and effective change, authors include Professor Richard Wiseman, Ivan Tyrell and the stories of Milton Erickson. I also enjoy watching Richard Bandler facilitate quick and effective change using Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP).

DAVID WISEHART: What one book, written by someone else, do you wish you'd written yourself?

JULIET ECCLESTON: 59 Seconds: Think a Little, Change a Lot by Professor Richard Wiseman,

DAVID WISEHART: How have you marketed and promoted your work?

JULIET ECCLESTON: I have a website and am active within social media. I have also sent my book for professional reviews. As I also have a paperback version I am hope to be doing a local book signing at Waterstones.

DAVID WISEHART: Why publish on Kindle?

JULIET ECCLESTON: When supplying any kind of product you have to adapt to being wherever your potential audience are. The trend is increasing for electronic versions of books and I believe Kindle to be the best and easiest delivery method.

DAVID WISEHART: What advice would you give to a first-time author thinking of self-publishing on Kindle?

JULIET ECCLESTON: Some people may be put off from the idea of Kindle as they are unfamiliar with the technology themselves. Perhaps take a look at a Kindle and see how enjoyable it can be for people to read a book using one. It is different to the more traditional experience of reading, however the Kindle brings a unique experience of its own.

DAVID WISEHART: Thanks, and best of luck with your books.


Juliet was born in Stourbridge, West Midlands, England in 1971. Her family consisted of her mother and father, Pam and Fred Eccleston and her older sister Claire. Her home environment was extremely stable and supportive, with her mother staying home to look after the family and her father working full time.

Throughout her life Juliet believed that she and the people around her were capable of extraordinary things and she coached and mentored people throughout the varying jobs she had. Even when working on the front desk of an inner city Police station she took to helping those who were "signing on" as part of their bail conditions. Some of them found such benefit in these ad hoc meetings that when she moved to a different station, they went back to court to change where they had to sign on so they could continue their coaching.

Juliet's career has largely been in the role of a Project Manager, helping people in organisations deal with large scale change. Juliet has worked on many large change programmes, including the launch of Egg, Britannia Building Society Customer Experience Programme, Abbey Customer Experience Programme and BBC TV Licensing Programme.

Juliet now lives in Brighton, England with her partner Lee Turner.

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