Updated: May 6
Interview with Author Natalie Roberts, bestselling author of Write Through Depression
Author Natalie can be found on Instagram at @natalierobertswriter or www.natalieroberts.net. She is on Facebook at @natalierobertswriter and can be followed on her Amazon Author page at @Natalie-Roberts.
Synopsis: Write Through Depression is for anyone who wants to release their thoughts unedited and without fear of embarrassment or rejection. You don’t have to be a master of spelling, grammar or punctuation to make use of this book. Discover how writing can be used as a therapeutic tool and how it can help you make sense of your thoughts and feelings and improve your mindset.
About the Author:
Natalie Roberts is highly trained and experienced in social care/self-care in Wrexham, Wales. This European professional has many hours under her belt working with the elderly in keeping them active and sociable as well as taking care of everyday tasks. She has had training in dementia, smartcare as well vocational achievement and certification as a dental nurse. She prides herself in caring about and for other people.
With her big heart Natalie has written “Write Through Depression”, “Journal Through Depression”, as well as various articles as a Ghostwriter through her co-owned business “Dragon Ghostwriters” (co-owned with professional writer and journalist Rachel Nash).
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Martin: First thank you so much for being a part of my blog. How are you doing today?
Natalie: Hi Martin. I’m great. Thanks for having me on your blog!
Martin: Is “Journaling Through Depression” meant to be an accompanying journal or is it meant to be separate from “Writing Through Depression”?
Natalie: It’s a separate book. In Write Through Depression, I discuss briefly the benefits of journaling for depression. Journal Through Depression explores this in more detail.
Martin: What was your inspiration to switch from dental nursing to caregiving and helping people in a social care setting?
Natalie: When I had my first child, I could only return to work at weekends. Dentists in the UK aren’t open then, so I was forced to change career. My mum is a manager of a care home and she said I could work with her. I’m glad I did change careers. Being a carer is extremely hard, but very rewarding.
Martin: You have taken many classes for certifications and qualifications, what encouraged your decision for further education in a Bachelors in Mental Health and Wellbeing?
Natalie: Mental health awareness is very important to me. Having depression myself, I know what a struggle daily life can be. I want to learn as much as I can, so I can help others. Helping through the medium of writing is something I’m passionate about. Once I’ve completed my degree I will use the acquired knowledge to write more mental health books.
Martin: Being that your focus is mental health are you planning on becoming a counselor or do you just wish for a more rounded knowledge to help others?
Natalie: I just want to gain as much knowledge as possible around different mental health issues and use that to continue writing.
Martin: Journaling has forever been a form of coping given by counselors and therapists, what makes your book and journal unique that would give perspective readers the desire to purchase your material?
Natalie: The books are written by someone who lives with mental health issues. It’s a first-hand perspective with tried and tested self-help methods. There’s no medical jargon, it’s just simple, to the point language.
Martin: Amazon mentions you open up about your own struggle with depression, just as my book “Overcoming Depression Through His Word” does with my struggle. What can you tell us about your childhood and how you struggled, and what if anything in particular helped to make the choice in your adulthood to work with people to make their lives better?
Natalie: My childhood was upsetting. Violence and arguing between my parents was a daily occurrence. I think this contributed to my depression, which I noticed happening in my early teens. I never want people to experience or feel like I did. So, I will always try my best to give people accessible tools and coping mechanisms to help them.
Martin: Did you learn anything new through writing your book and did it help you with your own struggle?
Natalie: Writing it was therapeutic and the main reason I stand by the fact I think writing can help depression. It was hard to tell my story, but I hoped by doing so it would help someone. I’ve had some lovely messages from readers saying the book has helped them and they resonated with it.
Martin: My book is designed not just for people with depression but also can be used as a tool for loved ones coping with others or teachers looking for signs and need a way to help people. What does your book contain to help those not just with depression but those wishing to help others with it?
Natalie: I think it’s beneficial to everyone and will give loved ones ideas on how to help someone with depression. It covers different forms of depression and what to look out for, as well as what professional help is available.
Martin: Is your book filled with more than just your personal experience and literary and medical knowledge?
Natalie: The books have thought provoking exercises and inspirational quotes, but for the most part it is personal experience and acquired knowledge.
Martin: Me being a Christian author, my book has lots of Bible scripture as well as medical knowledge and literary quotes. Can your book be used for many sectors as mine or just the secular community?
Natalie: I think anyone can benefit from my books. Write Through Depression does cover divorce and some other sensitive issues. It depends how open minded someone is. However, Journal Through Depression is suitable for everyone.
Martin: Are you a Christian/believer in Jesus Christ or do you follow another religion if any?
Natalie: I’m not religious, but I have huge respect for those who are.
Martin: Do your morals and values affect how you write? You obviously have high morals caring about others’ well-being.
Natalie: I’m a big believer in treating other how you would expect to be treated. If you’re in the position to help someone in need, you should always do it.
Martin: Would you consider yourself more of a personal developmental author than a transformational author?
Natalie: At the moment I would say I’m a self-help author. I do have more books planned out that are more personal development related.
Martin: Do you have any WIPs (works in progress) that you can share with us or are you focusing on your current education over writing a new book for your followers?
Natalie: I’m currently writing another book about depression. I’ve not announced it yet, but I will do a cover reveal in the next few months.
Please check out my book.
Depression is something that most people experience at one point or another. During this time of life, life can be hard to live. Some people attempt to hide it from others, while others have trouble coping with life situations and have trouble with everyday tasks such as personal self-care.
This book will show how the author had gone through depression for many years and teaches how he allowed his faith in God to conquer that depression in his own life. These teachings are meant to help others overcome their own depression while letting them know they are not alone in their struggle.
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