Hello everyone and welcome to LadyM Meets in our new home at my brand strategy and social media consultancy 5th Brands: Business of Brands.
I have moved all the LadyM Meets interviews I have ever conducted in my previous life at online fashion magazine LadyM Presents. So they are now here on this shiny new blog. So please take the time to read through them all and catch up with amazing, beautiful, fabulously inspiring entrepreneurs.
To re-launch the interview series I’d like to welcome Natalie Savvides.
Natalie had her first book published in January. Full Circle is a true story, it is a story of life. The book is a compilation of excerpts from Natalie’s years of diary keeping and a narrative filled with the wonderful wisdom of hindsight. The book covers the many trials and tribulations of life growing up as a girl in London and the competitive world we live in, from a bitchy girls school to university life, the working world, living in different countries and that endless search for true love, inner peace and harmony.
Natalie had documented every thought and feeling that crossed her mind since she was thirteen. So when she finally believed she had found what she was looking for and who she was looking for in the most unexpected of places, she decided to put it all together in the form of a book.
The idea of the book is ultimately to inspire…, to show people, women of all ages, that they are not alone in their struggles, paranoias and seemingly endless searches for satisfaction and to give a little hope and faith that with a bit of positivity things do work out in the end. Natalie says it’s not all doom and gloom, it’s actually pretty funny but obviously serious too – bit of a real life Bridget Jones with more depth. You can buy Full Circle right here.
So on with our usual interview questions for author Natalie Savvides;
What encouraged you to get into this industry and what was your route into it?
I have simply always loved writing. Although English was never my preferred subject at school, I would always go home and write! I’d write constantly throughout the year in my multitude of diaries (most of them objects of beauty themselves bought in Italy where many of my passions began!) I loved documenting my feelings, the things that I was experiencing, noticing, and all that I was learning about life, love and the world around me. It was very therapeutic cleared my head and ultimately helped me process it all and relax. I’d never specifically thought of a career in writing as such but had often thought about publishing my diaries. Once I’d got married and had my children thus given up the ‘day job’ – I finally had the time to start so I just sat down and did it!
What is a typical working day for you?
At the moment, with such young children it is spent juggling their routines and exploring different ways to promote my first book ‘Full Circle’ whilst also working on ideas for my second book.
Where are you based, how much of an inspiration is your city and what are your favourite cities around the world?
I am based in Barnes – south west London. I love London. It’s diversity, the constant change and multicultural population is a tremendous source of inspiration and encourages that so much is possible as we see the unexpected unfold before our eyes day by day. Other cities that I love are Venice because of its constant magic, it’s uniqueness and the memories I have there – and of course Vicenza, the home town of my grandmother where I lived for some years and still feel incredibly attached, there’s a great love of life, living in the moment, an effervescence of fun, colour and beauty… Vicenza is an incredibly beautiful city – home to the magnificent architect Palladio and most of its impressive buildings are of his design – I love cities that are centre around a main Piazza, I believe it provides a welcome homely feel. Vicenza is also a large focus of ‘Full Circle’.
Have you seen your industry change in the last few years? Have you had to adapt?
I had never researched the industry much before these past few years when I began to put the book together although I have learnt along the process of actually getting my book published that it is becoming an increasing difficult thing to do. And that is just the start. The task of promoting it (at least for new authors) is largely down to the author themselves and is a continuous effort of trying to get it out there and spread the word, be it on social media, word of mouth, friends, basically every possible source. Social media is probably the biggest innovation in the industry and I have had to quickly increase my knowledge and proficiency of it. An ongoing learning process.
What’s the most rewarding part of your work? What is your greatest accomplishment so far?
One of the main reasons I wrote this book – (other than to fulfill a lifelong ambition), was the hope that it may help others understand themselves and realize they are not alone in many of their experiences in our competitive and complicated world. I also aimed to give hope to those still looking for true love though yet to find it. I have since received many emails, messages and reviews from readers saying that they have found it inspiring, reassuring and that it has indeed given them hope – this is by far the most rewarding part of my work. My greatest accomplishment so far as well as the above, would have to be the simple fact of being published.
What is next for you? What are your goals for 2016?
I would love for the book to gain greater exposure, to spread the message that I’m trying to spread – and I would like to explore other avenues of helping others to feel inspired and find greater faith in their futures and achieving their dreams.
How would you describe yourself in three words?
Fun, honest, crazy (in a good way!)
Who would play you in a movie about your life?
Who is your ultimate style icon?
Bonus Question – if you didn’t do the job you do now – what would be your dream job and where?
Tv presenter – Italy