What is the best thing that I love about my work?
I get to work from anywhere around the world, in the beach, in cafés and restaurants, on boats in the middle of the ocean, all whilst positively and powerfully impacting others to live a life they truly love, whilst also owning and speaking their truth.
What is my idea of perfect happiness?
My idea of perfect happiness is being out in the middle of the ocean, days away from land with my dogs, my two sons, books to read and my laptop to write more.
What is my greatest fear?
My greatest fear is letting my boys down, but as they say ‘Mama, that’s never going to happen’ so I guess snakes come in a close second.
What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?
Ooo… This is a tough one because I really love who I am. Years ago i was filled with insecurities, but now, there isn’t anything I disapprove of in myself.
Which living persons in my profession do i most admire?
A fellow female author who I most admire would have to be Doris Lessing, not necessarily for her style of writing, but more to do with her ability to ‘see’ the future and create powerful fiction around it, calling people on their bullshit and lack of care and attention of the planet and each other.
As an a transformational coach… I think that would have to be my friend and soil sister Allie May Alberley in Australia. Beautiful human in every sense of the word. Amazing laugh, incredible kindness and also a truth slayer like myself.
What is my greatest extravagance?
My greatest extravagance would have to be journals because they are where I create my visions and unleash all that is holding me back, or any doubts and fears that may come up when going to my next level in life.
And I would also say another extravagance would be my time reading books and my kindness with random strangers using body language if our spoken languages don’t match.
On what occasion would I lie?
I don’t lie. I just can’t bring myself to do it. Even when faced with false charges against me, which could possibly mean losing access to my children, I told the courts I would rather be punished for telling the truth than lie and give truth to the police officers lies. Ifni want my children to be truthful, then I too have to be truthful.
What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?
The thing I most dislike about my work is the technology side of it, although that it what connects me to my audience and team around the world. I’m not very technically minded and so grateful to my team for sorting out the design, sales pages, website and all the other platforms… Their patience is unbelievable!
When and where was I the happiest, in my work?
Ooo! So many moments! I think my favourite has to be crossing the Pacific Ocean watching dolphins whilst creating my 7 Week Author Course.
If I could, what would I change about myself?
There’s nothing I would change about myself anymore. I really truly love who I and the life I have created for myself and my sons. Ooo…maybe my gluten intolerance and sleep paralysis…. But that would be it.
What is my greatest achievement in work?
My greatest achievement maybe cliché but seeing the realisation within my clients when they see what is truly possible for them when they fully embrace who they are, regardless of what others think of them. I still get more excited about that than achieving International Bestseller status with my books.
On my ICE 62 yacht in the middle of the oceans sailing around the world writing and reading books with my dogs and my sons.
What is my most treasured possession?
Oooo…. Another hard one. I don’t really ‘do’ possessions but I would have to say at any given time my journals and my laptop as that is where I create my future visions. I would also have to say my 40th birthday present from my friend Kay. It’s a recycled blanket which is so soft and works well as a scarf, yoga ‘mat’ beach rug, pillow… It’s amazing!
What is my most marked characteristic?
Hahaha! That’s easy! My laugh… Apparently it’s my trademark! Even considering it as a ring tone! Hahaha!!
What is my most inspirational location, in my city?
I don’t have a city, and most definitely not a city girl. Give me a beach as far away from buildings as possible… Uninhabited islands even better! But if I had to choose it would be Fulwood in Sheffield (UK) where I used to live. 5 minute walk from the Peak District with lots of rivers streams, waterfalls and endless walks in woodland. I am really a nature lover.
What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city?
This changes the more countries I sail to, and it is never about the place, it is always about the people. Somewhere overlooking the ocean, which serves gluten free vegan food is always a winner… So as I am currently in Tenerife I would say Eco Eco Brunch Cafe in Los Cristianos. I don’t like Los Cristianos fue to all the tourists but this place is tucked quietly away and feels like home. The staff are great too!
What books influenced my life and how?
The Qur’an as translated by Mohamed Yusuf Ali, as it is a living breathing book which taught me so much. Islam is a very beautiful religion which has been destroyed by both the media and those who profess to be auslim but do not understand the first thing about the faith they espouse.
And of course my first trilogy of books The Trilogy of Life Itself. Without these books having been written my life would be very different. I wouldn’t have random strangers come up to me in cafés and in the street wanting selfies or reaching out to work with me. I wouldn’t have had opportunities to inspire minds, speak on global matters or work towards positively changing the consciousness of the planet.
Or appearing here on this website.
Who are my favorite writers?
As mentioned above, one of my favourite authors is Carlos Castenedas, with Doris Lessing, Mark Twain, Elif Shafak, Khalid Husseini, Jodi Picoult,Vince Gilligan (X-Files & Breaking Bad creator)… I could go on for ages!
You Only Die Once. What music would I listen to on my last day?
Morcheeba and UB40, ooo and Fleetwood Mac.
Who is my hero or heroine in fiction?
Edgar Sawtelle. He’s the main character in The Story of Edgar Sawtelle and even though I read this book many years ago, it has stayed with me. Beautifully sad and hopeful all at the same time.
Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?
Erin Brocovich – amazing woman and a true inspiration. She followed her instincts and wasn’t afraid to expose corruption, fighting for something bigger than herself… And she won.
Drew Barrymore as well, the journey she has had has been incredible. I would love to work with her on producing my first film based on The Trilogy of Life Itself. That would be a dream come true.
My mum. An amazingly strong woman, with a hilarious sense of humour and a big heart. Not the most subtle but hey, I know where I got it from… And she loves to dance and giggle… Always good!
Which movie would I recommend to see once in a lifetime?
Hmmm… Not much of a music buff, and it depends on which genre. I have thoroughly enjoyed Green Mile for many reasons, socially, morally, culturally and a real heart warmer. Then there’s Michael Collins for the UK/Irish politics, Erin Brocovich as mentioned above, anything with Sandra Bullock, but I am a sucker for Sweet Home Alabama, Notting Hill and my all time truth slaying wrapped up in comedy has to be Bad Moms. That movie is pure genius.
Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?
My two sons are my greatest fans, and I am my greatest sponsor, with no partner in crime. I am a single lady.
Whom would I like to work with in 2019?
Drew Barrymore, Dame Helena Kennedy, Julia Berg (the producer for my TV series. We’ve not yet met but had countless calls and messages!) and Allie May Alberley – my next level coach, I am already working with all the others I’d like to work with for now. Ask me again next year 😉
Which people in my profession would I love to meet in 2019?
Vince Gilligan and Drew Barrymore so we could continue creating together what I have already started with Julia Berg.
What project, in 2019, am I looking forward to work on?
My new TV series with Julia Berg. The spin off from my book Crossing The Line.
Where can you see me or my work in 2019?
You can purchase any of my books on Amazon, Kindle, Kobo and iBooks, read my articles in One Tribe Magazine and follow me on social media using @DawneeBe or Dawn Bates, or subscribe to my blog at http://www.dawnbates.com/blog.
What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me?
When you have passion for something or someone, and it is true passion then regardless of what you face or experience in life you will always do it and love them with everything you have within you.
Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story?
Burt Kempner. A true gentleman with a huge heart and a fascinating story.
How can you contact me?