The Single Mum’s Survival Guide
Alternative Divorce Guide Suzy Miller wanted to know more about Vivienne Smith‘s new book “The Single Mum’s Survival Guide – How to Pick Up the Pieces and Build a Happy New Life” – so she asked Vivienne to tell her about how – and why – she came to write this book:
“They do say that everyone has a book in them – for me, this was certainly true although it has taken thirteen years before I was ready to share it with the world!
The event that triggered my inner author was when (as a mother of a three year old and a tiny three week old baby) I discovered to my shock that I was about to become a single mum. To say nothing had prepared me for the news is an understatement. Very little made any sense to me in those early days of survival and adjustment, save for a determination that I was going to survive and turn my life around, come what may.
I also found myself writing was one of the only ways I could express the turmoil of emotions that now consumed me. A strong certainty had also begun to emerge in me – that when I got through this, I was going to somehow find a way to help other women in the same boat.
So I started writing – a novel at first, inspired by my experiences of single motherhood, divorce and internet dating. But then real life took over and I reluctantly shelved the project in favour of being a busy working mum.
Then one day inspiration struck and I felt compelled to rescue my pages from the shelf and give my manuscript a whole new slant. I realised that what single mums needed most (and what I had been craving at the time of my separation) was a combination of practical advice, expert guidance, inspiration, encouragement and support. Not only would I share my story and my tips on getting through, I would also speak to the many single mums I have gotten to know in my life and ask them to share their stories too… As a friend of mine said: reading this book is a little like having a wonderful group of women sitting round the kitchen table, sharing their tragedies and triumphs – dishing out advice, humour and hugs in equal measure.
And so “The Single Mum’s Survival Guide – How to Pick Up the Pieces and Build a Happy New Life” was born!”
Find out more about how Vivienne can help you to survive and flourish as a single mum, click here…..