QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS FOR BE BRAVE: UNCENSORED MOTIVATIONAL QUOTES | Book Signing | Author S.Sulianah
Q1. How do you get the idea to write this book?
The plan to write a book on ‘motivational quotes’ has been at the back of my mind. It was one of the books I wanted to write this year. At that time, I was in the midst of writing my first motivational/self-help book on self-esteem but then out of nowhere, I started to write this first instead
Q2. What was your inspiration to write this book?
The ideas were from my experiences meeting with people over the years. With those I worked with, acquaintances, and friends. Both good and unpleasant one were triggers for me to share every layers from my perspectives. Most importantly, how I managed to handle every bits and pieces of it and then move on and forward to the next chapters.
Q3. How long does it take for you to write this book?
Ah... the first write-up, which is the first draft, it took me only about 7 hours. It was initially only 89 pages. Simple and straightforward kind of quotes which I had stored in my brain for years. The process that took so long were the second draft, third drafts and so on. After I sent my first draft for professional book critique and then editing plus proofreading, it took me additional weeks. So, from 3 August to end of Oct 2021, it took about 3 months.
Q4. How did you come out with the design idea for the book cover?
Usually, I will run contests for my book covers and is open to designers worldwide. I will highlight the book designs’ requirements and as for this, specifically I would like these colours. How the designers want to play around with the design, it is up to them. I chose to award the winner, Ralph Cavero, because his design is different compared to the others’. See that cancelled line on the word DON’T, this made it different. Also, a metaphor for the contents of the book. Something like, when people say ‘No, you cannot do it’, you have to tell yourself ‘Yes, I Can!’
Q5. Were there any challenges while producing this book?
This book for me is different from the poetry books I had written. The poems I wrote were more of my experiences that are more personal, and usually love stories. Readers need not need to evaluate and apply to their own life. As for these motivational quotes, they are more like a handbook if readers need to use for self-encouragement. At first I was worried if the quotes will be too harsh since all of it are uncensored. And also quite concerned people will misinterpreted and misused the expressions in a negative way. However, my concerns were eventually resolved. Before the final book edit, I managed to analysed related videos and research articles by other motivational speakers and individuals just to make sure everything I had written are in the positive alignment.
Decided to gift my 2 favorite teachers from my secondary school. Ms Ow Yong, my Mathematics teacher from Sec 1 to 2. I talked about her before in my podcast. Because of her style and techniques she shared, I fall in love with the subject. Since then, even when I was in Uni, for any subjects related to Mathematics, my grades will always be above 80%. Another one is for Mdm Ida Lim, my Geography teacher from Sec 3 to 5. I also talked about her in my podcast. Always looked forward to her classes, and that contributes positively to my interests in Geography.
Q6. Why did you choose this book title?
[Laugh] Initially, the book title I had for my first few drafts was ‘Uncensored Motivational Quotes with Tips to Respond to Idiots Confidently’. I was not comfortable with it and such a coincidence when I sent my draft for the pro book critique’s comments. I was suggested to look into the title again. Since the theme of this book is to Be Brave in making decisions, acknowledging yourself, and on the other hand, I don’t want to remove the word uncensored, finally I decided to titled it as what we have now for the final product. Also, before finalizing, I had to do more market research on the books in the market which is part of the process.
Q7. Which is your favourite quote(s) in this book?
I cannot choose one.
But but but...the specific one that will make me laugh everytime I re-read it especially during editing were the quotes under the chapter, ‘When You Need to Be Brave to Move on from Someone You Love’.
The quotes that made me do not want to repeat the same experiences and meet with those type of people again in any phase of my life were the ones under the chapter, ‘When You Need to Be Brave to Confidently Respond to Certified Idiots’.
And as for the quotes that I feel like I have to still keep reminding myself to remember and not slipped out of my mind are the ones under the chapter, ‘When You Need to be Brave to Acknowledge Your Instincts’.
Cos justifying can have a strong hold that could last as long as a decade which I don’t want it to happen again.
A Quote from Be Brave: Uncensored Motivational Quotes by S.Sulianah
In any type of relationship, there is no substitute for respect. It doesn’t matter how in love you are, how deep your romance is or how wonderful your intimate moments are. Once your partner raises their hand to you, uses words that are displeasing or demeaning toward you, the love and romance does not mean
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