Ruby Dhal – Memories Unwound

So this post is a very special one as I got to interview another one of my favourite writers Ruby Dhal. Dhal is a philosophy graduate/Author who writes fiction, poetry and book reviews. Her book Memories Unwound is her first poetry book and is finding huge success. She talks about love, heartbreak, pain , revival and healing. It’s a collection of emotional, beautiful, inspiring and heartbreaking poems formed together to allow readers to take a journey and understand their own emotions. Letting go of old memories and stepping forward into the future and creating brand new ones.

At the end of the post I’ll be adding the links to where you can buy ‘Memories unwound’ and her social media pages. I hope you enjoy.

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1. When did you first get into writing?
I started writing fiction when I was in year 11. I would write short stories in my diary and keep them locked away in my cupboard so that no one could find them. I started writing poetry around a year and a half ago.
 2. What is the inspiration behind your writing?
Writing came as a result of reading. I used to read a lot of books growing up because I wanted to escape from my experiences, reality, and life in general. Then I realised that I could write too. How efficient! I always knew that I had a story to tell, I just didn’t know when I would start to pen it down on paper.
 3. Do you have any favourite quotes/passages?

There are so many that it’s hard to pick just one,but here are three of my favourite ones:

Paolo Coelho: ‘And when you want something, all the universe conspires in you achieving it.’ (The Alchemist)
Khalid Hosseini: ‘And that’s the thing with people who mean everything they say. They think everyone else does too.’ (The Kite Runner)
Jane Costello: ‘The worst thing about modern relationships is our expectations. We expect too much. It’s easy to have fireworks in the beginning. It’s easy to fall in love. But we have this unrealistic notion that it’ll always be like that, without hiccups or hard work. I don’t think love needs to race at a hundred miles all the time. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with it being quieter and low-key.’ (The Wish List)
4. What advice would you give a young aspiring writer?

Don’t ever give up on writing if it makes you happy. Write for yourself more than for anyone else. Write to make sense of your own thoughts and if they make sense to you, they will naturally make sense to others too.

5. What other writers/authors do you look up to?
When it comes to fiction, the list is endless! A few of them would be Nicholas Sparks, JoJo Moyes, Khalid Hosseini, Cecelia Ahern, Nadeem Aslam and so many more.
 In poetry it is Rupi Kaur, Lang Leav and Alison Malee.
6. If you didn’t write, what would your career path be?

Teaching. I even started a PGCE (a teacher training course here in the UK) for secondary education but never managed to complete it because I knew that I didn’t want to do anything other than write.

7. What is your favourite childhood book and why?

I absolutely loved Karen McCombie’s series of ‘Ally’s World’ They were my favourite books to read. They were witty, fun, told realistic stories about a crazy and extremely huge family and made me realise why I loved reading books so much – to escape into a different world and delve into the mind of the narrator. If I were to ever write children’s books, I would love to write a series such as ‘Ally’s World’.

8. What are you currently reading now?

‘Undertaking Love’ by Kat French

9. What is your writing process? Do you have a certain routine?
My writing process is all over the place. Sometimes I go out and find myself a coffee-coloured chair and table by the window of a dim lit, sombre cafe and sit down to write for hours. And other times I would be having a shower and an idea will come to me which I rush out to get down on paper.
When it comes to working on projects I have previously started, I read over what I’ve written already to get myself back into the story-world. Once I’ve read and corrected that story, chapter or page that I was on, then I continue working on it. Otherwise I just won’t be able to put myself in the narrators mind again.
10. Do you ever suffer from writers block? If so how do you get yourself motivated again?

Don’t ever believe a writer who says they don’t suffer from writers block! We all do and the only cure for it is to strip yourself away from your work for a while. A day. Two days. A week. No matter how long it takes, that break is necessary. I normally take that break and use it to read other literature in order to get inspired again.

11. What message do you want your readers to take from your writing?

I want them to use those words as an access to a piece of my soul. I want them to take a part of me with them.

12. What are your current/future projects that we can look forward too?

Ah, the exciting stuff! I have been writing my first novel for the past 4 years (intermittently) and it is finally going to be complete by the fall. Just the first draft but that is as good an accomplishment as any for me, seeing as it’s taken me so long to write it. I will look for a traditional publishing house for the novel, so more recent publications – after ‘Memories Unwound’ – will be a short-story collection that I’m working on and a new poetry collection which will come in the fall!

 

 

 

 

If you want to buy ‘Memories Unwound’ then – click here.

Follow Ruby Dhal on social media;

www.rubydhal.com

Instagram – Click here

Twitter – Click here

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, if you haven’t already purchased this book I highly recommend you do! See you very soon with another blog x

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Glossybox Beauty Products – June

 

So it’ s time for my monthly glossy box beauty post! When I opened this months box I fell in love with it straight away. I was so impressed with the products I received and couldn’t wait to start trying them all.

My favourite from this box and the first product I tried out was Beauty Pro black Diamond Black Peel Off Mask. I’ve seen other people use them and I’ve heard pretty good things about them so I was super excited that it came with this months box. It was a little messy when I started to apply it because its not a mask you just place on, it’s a really gooey liquid that turns into one. I left it on for a bout 15-20 minutes and once it started to harden I then peeled it off. Now peeling it off was so painful. I’m not even joking I thought I started to peel some of my skin off at the same time, I had to stop and take a breather at one point. Once I had peeled it off my skin felt amazing! It was so smooth and  clean, and I felt so refreshed! This is a great buy if you want to have a girly night in or just a chilled out weekend.

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Next up is 111Skin Space Defence Bright Eye Lift Gel. Now I’ve never really purchased a product like this, I never saw the point, but since it was in this months box I went and tried it out. It basically does what it says on the product, it’s a lifting gel. So it reduces dark circles, puffiness and fine lines. Really soothes the eyes and where it’s most sensitive. Good for wrinkles! (Luckily I’m 24 so that’s not a huge issue at the moment) But if I start young maybe when I’m 70 I’ll look 25.

Buy it here! 

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Next is Noughty Intensive Care Leave in Conditioner. When I first saw this I was a little bit unsure because when you apply conditioner your first instinct is to then wash it out. But in fact it’s made my hair so much healthier! I was worried leaving a cream like this in your hair would make it go greasy and not look that great, but it’s made it shinier and it’s so smooth. This leave in conditioner is for people with frizzy or damaged hair, and because I curl or straighten my hair a lot of the time it’s really helped. Once you’ve finished washing your hair as usual, just apply this to the mid section to the tips (avoid the roots) and style as normal. Straight away you can feel the difference! It’s at a really affordable price and you can get it in super drug. I really recommend it!

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Next is Sleek Lip Power Plump Pencils (in the shade Notorious Nude) In last months glossy box I received a sleek product so I was super happy when I got one this time. Now I LOVE lipstick. That is the one thing I will always buy, whether its lipgloss, matte or pencils I can’t help it. I was also happy that it was a nude colour, I like bright colours on the lips but you can’t go wrong with a nude or a light pink. This lip pencil is lovely, it’s such a nice colour and stays on really well. It’s a matte texture which I love and it isn’t sticky or anything like that. It’s at a cracking price and you an easily find it in super drug or boots!

Buy it here! 

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Next is Manna Kadar Glo Illuminator. This basically is a liquid that you can either mix in with your foundation or just wear it on it’s own to give you a glowing look. This product is great because you can use it on your face or anywhere else on your body, so you’re glowing all over! It gives off a really subtle luminous glow, and it’s in a lovely light pink shade. Now we’re coming into summer this would be the perfect buy! (It’s also at a really affordable price!)

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Last but not least is one of my favourites, and is a pretty popular product on its own anyway! It’s the XXL Volume spray from Batiste! I’m not a huge hairspray wearer, I don’t really like a lot of ‘oomph’ in my hair (pretty boring, I know) but this spray is still great even if you’re just curling your hair, spray a little of this and it just gives it that extra volume instead of it being pretty flat. If you’re really into backcombing or having HUGE hair then this will be perfect for you! Batiste is a great brand with an even better price so you can’t really go wrong!

Buy it here!

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These are all the beauty products for this month! Can’t wait for July’s box already. If you want to sign up for your monthly subscription then click here!  

Hope you’ve enjoyed reading this and I’ll see you soon with another blog.

Lots of Love,

R x