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Women Who Write Books: Aurea Reis

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In honour of World Book Day and International Women’s Day, I decided to celebrate women who write books throughout March. 

I held IG lives with women who write books, UK based authors, who shared the process of writing their books. These authors were personally selected and all offer something different – which is important really, as we are all multifaceted people.

I asked about their writing practice, what inspires them, and how they fit writing in around their day-to-day life.

About Aurea Reis

Aurea Reis is the author of Healing Letters. When writing this book, she discovered she wanted to do something more meaningful and rewarding. She is now using her living experiences to help other people overcoming their own traumas. By healing her inner child, the author discovered her Caring side, and is enjoying pursuing that path.

Aurea has two previous publications by Mo2vate Magazine, which granted her a badge (for a year) as contributing Article Writer of the magazine. She also collaborated in an Anthology called ‘Flying without Wings’ which was published on Women’s Day 2021. Her name Aurea comes from the old Latin ‘Aurum’ and it means something made of gold, golden, that shines.

Q&A Snippet

Who are you and where are you based? 

“I’m Aurea Reis, I was born in Angola, Africa, and then I moved to Portugal in ’92 and I moved to the UK in 2008. I’m a single mother of a boy who is 11 years old and an author as well.”

When and why did you start writing? 

“I used to read a lot when I was younger. I used to read fiction and I used to say to myself, one day I’m going to write a book, but I always wanted to write something meaningful.”

What inspired your writing? 

“To be honest, I wrote it for myself first. When I started writing, it felt like a release.”

Tell us about your book 

“When I wrote that book, it was more wanting to give/explain myself, although I don’t have to, to the people I love. I came from a road of pain, and still in pain, but I’m tired of living like that. Now I’m saying I accept your help. I need help. I can’t do this on my own.”

How did you make time to write your book, especially around your other commitments? 

“I wrote my book in 4 months. I was working in my old job, I’d come home and I’d write after my son had gone to bed at 7.30pm. Some days nothing would come. But my times of writing would be from that moment until about midnight.”

What has written this book taught you about yourself? 

“That I have always been a resilient person and always a believer, because if you read the book I always believe in something without knowing that I was believing.”

What do you hope people take away from your writing? 

“All the things I took away as well. Because there was a time when my good friends would see me struggling and say, ‘if only you could see what I see in you, you’re such a great person’ and I just couldn’t see it. And now I have my book to remind myself.”

Advice for aspiring authors 

“You need to be ready to compromise some things because if you keep saying ‘oh, I don’t have the time’, well, then you will never write that book. One tip, you can always do voicenotes and when you have the time, write them up. If you have young kids, you can negotiate with them to write the voicenotes for you.”

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