Monday, 26 November 2012

FACING 50 IN THE SPOTLIGHT - Richard Holmes


We have with us today, a wonderful man who has touched many lives. Only recently, I was talking to people to told me that I should hear him speak. He is an inspiration to us all. Richard, welcome to Facing 50 with Humour.
Thank you Carol. I must say it's a pleasure to be here.
Why thank you Richard…Before we chat about your new release I have some nice easy questions for you. Please relax, take a deep breath and then answer the rapid fire round:
'The Joker’ or ‘'The Penguin? 
 It’s got to be The Penguin.  The Joker REALLY needs to learn how to put on lipstick; and as for the colour; it’s just not him.
‘Hotspur’ or ‘The Beezer’?  
No contest, it’s The Beezer every time for me.
‘Banana Splits’ or ‘Double Deckers’? (Children’s programmes not food) 
Double Deckers; they were true stories you know!
Can you tell us a short joke? 
Men who have pierced ears are better prepared for marriage. They’ve experienced pain and bought jewellery.
Curly Wurly or Flying Saucers? 
Flying Saucers
Did you ever wear a pair of platform shoes?
I had a pair but hardly wore them. One night I did wear them. As I was leaving the pub it started raining, so I started running and nearly broke my ankles.
What one mad thing would you like to do before you are too old to do it? 
Have a night of passion with Sharon Stone (as long as she gave up smoking; I can’t do fag breath). 
That's rules out any chance for my mother then. She's taken a shine to you, so watch out.
Sharon Stone
What was the first car you ever owned? 
A VW Passatt 
Finally, could you please tell us something about yourself that doesn’t show up on the loveahappyending.com website. Surprise us! 
I was in a theatre company once and have done Shakespeare.  I’ve also done solo theatre and sang in a blues band for a charity variety show. 
I am so envious. I would love to strut about on stage. I played all of the witches in Macbeth at school but I'd really like to do that in a proper theatre..

And so, onto your latest book?
Yes, it’s called Inspiration For Breakfast and it’s a compilation of wisdom quotes that I felt compelled to put into book form, and I’m really grateful to you for showcasing it today on my official launch day.
As you may well know I really love inspirational quotes; I find that they can really fire you up and get you going and I just felt it was something I needed to do.  I had already published one new book this year and republished my first five pieces of work as two revamped paperbacks, but I found myself wanting to do something else before the year’s end, and Inspiration For Breakfast is the result of that.  I got the idea and just sat on it for weeks, but once I decided to go ahead with it, it was finished very quickly.
Was there any particular source you gathered all these quotes from?
A few really; I just love Eastern Philosophy, so the first section is dedicated to Easter Philosophy quotes.  Then there is a section on Marcus Aurelius quotes; Marcus was one of only five Roman Emperors to have been considered “good”.  There is also a section on Greek Philosophy quotes and a section on miscellaneous quotes from all kinds of people as diverse as Audrey Hepburn and Winston Churchill.
Who would you say your book was for specifically Richard?
Literally anyone and everyone Carol; young and old, male and female; anyone at all who is looking for a little bit of inspiration.
That sounds great Richard and I understand that Inspiration For Breakfast is not the only project you have been busy with?


Yes that’s correct,  firstly I decided that my Kindle version of Angelic Wisdom Trilogy needed sprucing up a little, so I engaged the services of our very own Stephanie Keyes’ company, Sycamore Road Design, to create a new cover for me, and here it is… 




As well as that I have just released my latest CD, Mantra For The Soul.  This is a project that I am particularly excited about, and I also have someone working on a new backing track for one of my older meditation CDs that is already in production, and if things go to plan the finished article will seem like a completely new project only much better.  Finally, I have an idea for another CD in the new year that should turn out to be the best of the bunch.  So, all in all, exciting times! 

Well thanks for joining me today Richard and sharing your exciting news with us.  But before you go, can you just share one of your favourite quotes from the book with us?
It would be a pleasure Carol and thanks again for having me as a guest on your blog!
“The journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step – Lao Tzu”

Link for free eBook version of  Angelic Wisdom Trilogy HERE

You can find out more about Richard at the following: 
Twitter @atmicsplendour

14 comments:

  1. Hi, Carol. I haven't been by for awhile, but what fun to visit and find this delightful post! Totally fun. And the book sounds wonderful.

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    1. Lovely to see you here again Galen Pearl! Thank yo for your lovely comment too. Richard is a super man. You must check out his books and CD. He is an inspiration. xx

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  2. Great post. Love the joke. Can't quite imagine Richard in platform shoes. Good luck with the book, Richard. xx

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    1. The idea of Richard wearing platform shoes made me giggle somewhat.

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  3. Hi Carol and thanks so much for hosting me on your blog. Just a couple of minor details... Angelic Wisdom Trilogy is not available in paperback. It's a FREE ebook promo on Amazon. It's Inspiration For Breakfast that is ONLY available in paperback. Thanks again it's great to guest here :-)

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    1. Oh goodness. So sorry Richard. I got confused with last night's email.Will sort it out.

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  4. What a fun interview! I'm looking forward to being inspired at breakfast every morning Richard. Good luck with your launch and free download offer of Angelic Wisdom Trilogy.

    Janice xx

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    1. Thanks Janice for being here and commenting. x

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    1. It was pretty funny Eva. Even made Hubby smile.

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  6. I love the joke too! Richard, have you had your ears pierced? Actually, I CAN see you in platform shoes, y'know! FAB post, Carol, as per! Good luck, Richard! :) xx

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    1. Thanks Sheryl - really lovely of you. xx

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  7. Well, Sharon Stone or 'the mother' (who sounds like fun...) you could be missing out Richard! Fun post and heart congrats on the publication of Inspiration For Breakfast - always handy to have a good quote to hand!

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    1. My mother is dangerous. She'd certainly be able to drink Richard under the table and scare him a little, then she'd nick his platform shoes.
      Thanks for dropping by Linn. x

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