Cassandra Piat

All about the woman, the author and Mauritius…

If we were having coffee…

on July 9, 2018

coffee cup    Hi Everyone!

I can’t believe it’s been soooo long! I thought an “If we were having coffee” post would be an ideal way to make my comeback and catch up. So please grab a cup of coffee, or tea if you prefer, and settle down with me for a chat.

If we were having coffee, I would say that it’s been a long time since I’ve written anything and it feels great to be back! The last time I wrote, my second book, Stuck with Me, was about to come out. It’s been a year and a bit already now but unfortunately sales haven’t really taken off. I’m still hoping for a miracle 😊. It just came out in print in Mauritius a few months ago and I’m crossing fingers that it’ll go well. Sales or no sales, it’s still an awesome feeling to be able to click on worldwide websites and see my books on there. I still get the “Oh Wow! Those are my books!!” shock every time! Even if only a few people read it, it’s still an amazing feeling to know that you made someone laugh, smile and spend a few enjoyable hours with your characters and story.

 

amxietyIf we were having coffee I would tell you that after suffering with anxiety for years, thus including anxiety in my second book, Stuck with Me, I’m relieved to say that I’m much, much better now and that I managed to go to Europe for 3 weeks, get on the plane and do everything else without once feeling anxious – which I couldn’t believe. It was AMAZING. But this year, my 13-year-old son began suffering from anxiety and panic attacks and its heart breaking to see. I feel so powerless because I know exactly what he’s going through, how awful and hard it is to cope with it and there’s NOTHING I can do to make it go away. I talk him through it and it does soothe him a little knowing that I went through the same thing and understand what he’s feeling, but it still doesn’t make it stop. The hardest thing is not being able to make it go away for him… I would take my anxiety back in a heartbeat if it meant his would disappear… He’s only 13 years old. The worst thing with anxiety is that you’re the only one who can fight it – no one can do it for you. It’s all in your mind and you’re the only person who can get in there and stop it from taking over your life. You are the only one who can put the advice people give you into practice and use the methods there are to relax and calm down. I wish that I could just hop into his head and do it for him – but I can’t. I can only hope and pray that with time he’ll learn how to cope like I did so that he can lead a normal-ish life and start doing all the things he’s always loved doing again and that he can’t anymore. He is slowly getting better with the medication and cognitive therapy sessions thank goodness and we can only hope that it continues on like this. Do any of your children have anxiety or are depressed? I’d love to hear from you as it really helps to know that we’re not alone… If you have any tips that could help too, that would be awesome.

netflixIf we were having coffee, I would tell you that I’ve become a Netflix series junkie! 😊 Yep, I’ve gone through so many series and recently suddenly developed a weird fascination for hospital/medical series! So bizarre. I just finished watching the 4 seasons of The Night Shift and then moved onto Emily Owens M.D. I’m so disappointed that there’s only 1 season of Emily Owens as I really enjoyed that. It’s a nice mixture of cute doctors in scrubs, humour, romance and… surgical procedures 😊 (ok so I’m not a huge fan of the cutting bodies part, but the rest is great). So now I’m at a loss as to what to watch. Any suggestions other than Vampire Diaries, Grey’s Anatomy, Gossip Girl, Gilmore Girls, Life Unexpected, Suits and New Girl??

 

If we were having coffee I would tell you that as mentioned above, we spent 3 weeks in Europe in March. It was wonderful although it was beyond freezing. We spent a week at a ski station and it snowed almost every day with temperatures ranging from -9 to -15 every day. So, soooo cold!

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Seriously they hadn’t had temperatures so low in over 50 years – it even snowed on the beach in Biarritz!

After seeing the movie ‘Letters to Juliet’, my daughter and I, both huge romantics at heart, decided that we couldn’t go to Europe without visiting Verona. And I’m so glad we did. It was magical. The old town is just so beautiful and I understand why it inspired Shakespeare to write.

Anyway, we visited the courtyard with Juliet’s balcony and the wall of letters. There was something pretty special about it despite all the hype and the crowds. I don’t know if for me it was because in the movie, ‘Letters to Juliet’, there were women who acted as Juliet’s secretaries and who answered the letters that people left on the wall, giving them advice and helping them, giving the letters-on-the-wall thing a real meaning, but there definitively was a romantic vibe to the place. Except maybe for the part where everyone seems to want to take pictures with their hand on Juliet’s breast! I’m sure that isn’t something Romeo would have been very happy about – or Juliet too for that matter J!!

20180304_123030It was cute too because my daughter left a letter on the wall – she’s 15 years old and experiencing her first love. So sweet. How about you? What’s the city you find the most romantic and why?

writing againAnd before I go, I just thought I’d tell you that I’ve finally started writing again. I stopped after the release of ‘Stuck with Me’ for various reasons…

But I’ve finally picked up my pen/computer again and I’m so excited with my idea.

gril thinking about writing I’m still fine tuning the details but I’m just enjoying getting lost in my imaginative world again.

cassandra-piat If you haven’t read Stuck with Me yet, please give it a try. It’s funny and romantic but also deals with deeper issues like anxiety, relationships, family, trust and happiness – and not to forget that it set in Mauritius and includes a lot of wonderful quirky Mauritian scenes, and the last part is in Perth which also rocks.

Link: Stuck with me  https://www.amazon.com/Stuck-Me-Cassandra-Piat-ebook/dp/B01MSMGEJV/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1531130275&sr=8-1&keywords=cassandra+piat

A bientôt!

 

PS.   I first saw the Coffee posts on Suzie Speaks’ blog – check out her awesome blog here! https://suzie81speaks.com her/ But she says that initially the Coffee posts was the brainchild of the Part Time Monster which you can check oute! https://parttimemonster.com

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