Tell us about yourself.
My name is Deidre M. Bastian and I was born on the island of Nassau, New Providence in the Bahamas and I am a mother of two with a 6-year-old granddaughter. Subsequently, I am an alumna of Prince William Baptist High and Nova Southeastern University with a career path in Graphic Design and Brand Marketing.
Subsequently as a means to give back; I am a dedicated primary school volunteer reader, notwithstanding a devoted columnist to the Bahamas Tribune newspaper company for over (12) years imparting knowledge to the wider community. Moreover in late 2019, not only did I publish my first book “Unplug- Take Back Your Power” but I recently completed a life coach certification joining a diverse list of mentors as a counselor. All the same, I still find relaxation in gardening, light weight lifting, and spending time with my family.
On a personal note, I am a strong conduit for success and growth and as a believer, I also hold a genuine concern towards serving humanity. I am a member of the New Light Ministry and my mandate for peace in accordance with my spiritual value is always a priority. Typically I am reserved in my beliefs but very analytical and forthright especially towards injustice.
Tell us about your book.
The name of my book is called Unplug “take back your power” and its potent chapters are not only stimulating but mind changing as it challenges readers to a take on a new way of thinking. I have not only used psychological theories, spiritual wisdom, or real-life examples but concepts of common sense; motivating readers towards a deeper introspection to overcoming adversities.
Actually, I didn’t just spring up one day and began writing; this book is prophetic in its nature. It was prophesied by a well-known Prophet known as Prophet DeMarco Grant, who declared that I would write “this book” and it would become a “best seller”. The rest was history.
What is your genre/style of writing?
My genre is motivation with an objective to influence, empower, and encourage. This is my call.
Do you have a set schedule for writing, or are you one of those who write only when they feel inspired?
I believe just as there is no “perfect time” or “perfect energy” for exercise at a gym, the same view may hold true for writers. When writing it is challenging to select “perfect moments’ ‘ as there is none…. especially if we are balancing a family or an overwhelming lifestyle. Admittedly some days I didn’t feel motivated and just wanted to sleep, but I fought against distractions and writer’s block and made it happen. Thankfully due to my conditioning through writing articles each month, I understood the power of making it happen.
Writers are often associated with loner tendencies; is there any truth to that?
I believe at its basic level the overall benefit or an end result to writing is sharing and by and large, that’s what writers do. I accept it as true that writers are connectors and have the potential to unite or bond with larger crowds through books than they normally do in real life.
In the same manner, since obviously, writers require isolation to flow, this perspective may somehow re-form opinions of classifying them as not having a loner tendency” and but rather a “writer’s necessity”.
Do you think writers have a normal life like others?
Taking nothing away from this concept, it is my humble opinion that writers are indeed exceptional people. My perspective may be based on their ability to construct words that transform the lives of others. How does this contribute to a greater good? They offer messages of hope with opportunities t0 learn and grow. Contrary to popular belief, I think finding a common ground where we can all respect each other’s journey is a great model to start from. By the same token, their ability to identify a story in simple conversations, find meaning in small things, or move readers from tears to laughter sounds pretty much like a noble human being in my view.
What would you say is the hardest aspect of writing?
Actually, the hardest aspect of writing was “starting”. At this point, I realized that in spite of what’s happening around me, I had to get into my headspace and begin to work. It is wise to look to this big world and recognize that it speaks to us in so many ways, giving us something to write about every single day. By accepting this viewpoint, it was clear to me that if I hung around too long in a dugout I would never hit a homeroom, thus I brushed off and made it happen.
What would you say is the easiest aspect of writing?
I love the feeling of waking up to an air of creativity that’s flowing … it’s cool, not only when I am writing but designing as well. It is definitely a feeling of accomplishment when my ducks are all lined up in a row. At this juncture, I can finally exhale and move my ideas along smoothly.
Over the years, what would you say has improved significantly in your writing?
Previously I was really bad but with consistency, I gracefully improved at a comfortable pace of articulation and transitioning ideas to the next thought. I now have an appreciation for simple but effective words and I am still a work in progress.
Do you proofread and edit your work on your own or pay someone to do it?
My book was published by a publishing company in Nassau Bahamas called One Rib Publication. They did an exceptional job at editing and I am overly pleased by their professionalism.
What is the most important thing about a book in your opinion?
Besides being well written, it should always deliver on the promise or the expectations of which it was promoted. Transparency is a must.
What is your take on the importance of a good cover and title?
Principally a book will always be adjudicated by its cover, there’s no other way. When a book is sitting on a shelf, the only component shoppers have to base their split-second judgment on is the cover or the title. Both elements should not work in isolation as together they are powerful motivators to hitting the “buy” button. By extension, human beings are regarded as visual creatures and it is unlikely that their eyes will be attracted to a book if the (cover) is failing. Equally, it is a great achievement to publish a book but having a failing cover it may never leave the shelf despite hyped marketing.
How do you feel about reviews?
Writers are always uneasy about feedback; especially backlash and criticisms but on the contrary, I regard reviews as an opportunity to get some critical feedback and grow. Surely some readers may disagree politely, while others may be uncouth but one rule of thumb is to never defend or explain. Standing on this principle, it’s wise to know that when in pursuit of anything innovative or groundbreaking, prepare to be misunderstood, “You’re now in the game.” However, appreciate the reviews, focus on your inner genius and move on…you’ll do just fine. I promise!
Do you read any of your own work?
I sometimes find myself scanning through a few pages every now and then especially when searching for reference or motivation.
Tell us about your writing style, how is it different from other writers?
Writing is a versatile communication; it’s not always what is said but how it is being said. I am not completely certain if my style is much different from others in my genre, but my aim is mere to unrest a larger truth as we all possess diverse expectations and beliefs. It is my hope that this book does not unveil a blessing, but conveys a voice that readers not only want to hear but also delivers a message that was begging to be written.
What is your motivation for writing?
Many people are broken and many are filled with very bad stories however if the use of my small voice via this platform can uncover and dispense healing, then I would’ve fulfilled a need. Truly a liberating force can be so powerful especially when we use our gifts to serve others, as only then can self-discovery begin. So yes, this is who I am and we all deserve a chance to pursue our full measure of purpose through service.
How much of yourself did you put into your book?
Here is one unifying factor; when you’ve found joy and inner peace your sole desire is to spread seeds with hopes of becoming a beacon of light to others. This sprinkle of my personal belief and conviction is not uncommon as I know readers will only respect me through the lenses of my own truth. Notably, as we move through life, pieces of us tend to chip off while other pieces are discovered through some degree of reality. In fact, along this journey, I was conscious of my ability to not only heal a wound but carefully so as not to re-open one.
What books have influenced your life the most?
There are so many powerful books on the market and I’m always on the lookout for kindred souls; in particular, I appreciate the books of an author that shared the same Bahamian soil as me, The Late Dr. Myles Munroe. He was not only a great author but an amazing teacher. His books have not only moved me but have influenced my way of thinking on a deeper level.
If you were to rate your best work, how would you rate it?
Being an avid reader and now Author my opinion may be pitched, but I accept this school of thought “as true”….. “If I place a small value on myself, rest assured the world will not raise my price”. It seems natural that an author’s rating edifies their struggles and labor so I would not consent to an Author’s status to deny my entitlement to an opinion of my own work. Like many I too consider my book to be a great read and certainly, I will embrace any opportunity to rate it honestly.
What is the biggest take away from your book?
The biggest takeaway is a simple plea of introspection. We all host our personal realities but sometimes we are searching for the right message but in the wrong people or places. Master the skill of digging deeper through honesty: Am I guarding my peace against toxic people?, “Am I the weapon formed against myself that’s preventing me from prospering?, Am I being held captive by my own cage of unforgiveness?, Am I still shrinking myself and imprisoned by others negative opinions?”; and overall, are you spiritually and mentally ok? Each of these questions is significant and if you are on the fence then there’s work to be done…Get yourself a copy to “Unplug and take back your power”
Any advice you would like to give to your younger self?
My first bit of advice to my younger self would be to “take the pressure off yourself”; it is not critical to have your entire life figured out in neither your 20’s nor 30’s. Set passionate goals but make progress slowly. There is a natural order to life and the answer you need will arrive not a minute sooner and not a minute later.
What advice would you give an aspiring writer?
“Write the book that “you” desperately would like to read and believe entirely in the story “you” want to tell. No one else sees the world quite the same as you. Use small words in a creative manner and surely your writing will get better with practice. Never allow parked cars to discourage you and never spend time comparing your life to others, your vision need only make sense to you. Find your magic!
Where can we buy or see your books?
UNPLUG Take back your power can be found on Facebook, Amazon; Logos BookStore, and One Rib Publications in Nassau Bahamas.