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November 15, 2018

My memoir Destination Freedom is published in Italy!

 
Exciting news!
 My memoir Destination Freedom
was released today on November 15th 2018 in Italy !
 
 
DESTINAZIONE LIBERTA
Una voce per tutti quelli che non ce l'hanno

Lily, bambina creativa e spensierata, si affaccia alla vita con l'ottimismo e le speranze tipiche di un'infanzia serena. Studia e colora, sogna e socializza, amata e circondata da un ambiente familiare pieno e significativo. Non sa che grossi nuvoloni neri si stanno addensando sul suo amato paese. Una guerra assurda, sanguinaria e inumana la strapperà dai suoi affetti e dalle sue radici. E' l'inizio di un'odissea. Un girovagare alla ricerca esasperata e sconfortante di un angolo di mondo in cui sentirsi, finalmente, al sicuro. E' l'ancestrale viaggio di ognuno di noi verso un luogo da poter chiamare casa, verso una dimensione di significatività e realizzazione. E' l'aspettativa, sempre disattesa, di poter esprimere i propri talenti, il proprio essere, di poter srotolare la vita e le capacità in un contesto sereno. In un racconto diretto, realistico, abitiamo con Lily la dimensione della sopravvivenza, in una successione surreale di eventi che si materializzano sul suo cammino quasi per un gioco perverso, la protagonista sperimenterà cinismo, indifferenza, superficialità, non sense burocratici, perdite dolorose, continui ostacoli, scelte sbagliate, sempre sul limite della disperazione. Ne verrà fuori più matura, ma anche più disillusa e consapevole. La vita non è un film per bambini, da qui l'amara riflessione che ne scaturisce:"ha tutto questo un senso? La legittima aspirazione alla libertà può forse portare a sopravvivere piuttosto che a vivere? Cosa resta in mano quando si è perduto tutto, l'identità, il progetto vitale, la propria cultura, i propri affetti e persino i bei ricordi?". Eppure, Lily, non smette di tenere gli occhi ben puntati sulla vita... Una storia vera, intensa, appassionante, amara e reale, sulla bellezza del coraggio umano di fronte alla vita...
 
 
 

November 01, 2018

Read My Mind, The Blogger Magazine is out!

Our Winter issue 2018 is dedicated to the wonderful country of Austria. Travel back in time and discover the beauty of this historical country with us. Read inspirational and educational articles and my movie review in LilyWood about the Empress of Austria Sissi.
We had the pleasure to interview the talented artist Viktor Angelov from Macedonia. Also in interview Italian author, teacher and translator Elisabetta Verdone.
It is also an honor to feature my Italian Publisher Enrico Iacometti in Read My Mind and feature my guest Blogger Maria Sara Cetraro with her inspirational article about her meeting with author and founder of the Empathy museum Roman Krznaric.

Another great movie review by Read My Minds film critic Trevor Pacelli  about my favourite movie:  AMADEUS.
Enjoy the read! Lily xxx

October 29, 2018

THE RIGHTS OF REFUGEES



 
I have enrolled for the Free Online Course "Human Rights: The Rights of Refugees on edX" organized by AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL. I encourage you to do so too, if you are interested in defending and promoting the human rights of refugees.

Lily
www.LilyAmis.com
  


 

October 25, 2018

Empower yourself to make a change!


 
What an amazing campaign in UK!
In UK (like in every other country too), people seeking refugee status are banned from working whilst they wait months, and often years (and even decades), for a decision on their asylum claim. Instead, they are left to live on just £5.39 per day, struggling to support themselves and their families, whilst the Government wastes the talents of thousands of people.

 
The @LiftTheBan campaign thinks that this is wrong and so do I. I too believe that people who have risked everything to find safety should have the best chance of contributing to society and integrating into communities. This means giving people seeking asylum the right to work so that they can use their skills and live in dignity. The Lift the Ban coalition is working to change this and to ensure that people seeking safety in the UK have the right to work.
LIFT THE BAN says exactly what Im saying for over three decades, which is: GIVE PEOPLE SEEKING ASYLUM THE RIGHT TO WORK!

 

September 04, 2018

Thank you for respecting my work and my time!


 
Months ago I was asked by an IG-Blogger, if I would answer a few questions about my journey as a self-published author and my books, which I gladly did. Since my answers haven’t been published to this date, I have decided to share them here on my own blog.

Not appreciating the time that I made is really unfortunate and it was definitely a lesson for me not to make time for other bloggers, unless I’m 100% certain that it will be appreciated, respected and published.
 
I also received messages on IG from so called book reviewers. Let me tell you this. If you are interested in reading and reviewing my book, please download the ebook and do not insult me by asking me for free copies, when my stories are listed for only $99.00 - $3.99! Seriously!!! Thank you for respecting my work and my time.
So here we go… These were my answers…
Lily
  

1. One fictional character that resembles you the most?
As funny and strange as it may sound, I often see myself in my favourite children book character Pinocchio. Of course I’m not a boy and I’m also not a lying wooden puppet, but Pinocchio’s naivety often reminds me of my own mistakes. Pinocchio believes what he hears and always sees the good in people. He is giving and forgiving. The problem is many people use his naivety and kindness. It seems that the more giving, caring and trustworthy one is the more people take advantage of you and mix up your kindness with stupidity. That’s a hard and painful lesson that I still need to learn.
 

2. What is your writing motivation?
With my memoir my motivation was to write an eye-opening, honest and touching book about the delicate topic Refugees and try to make a change in our society about this important issue.
 
With my children books my writing motivation is to tell stories that are inspiring, entertaining, but also educating. I think stories that we read as children are really important life lessons. The sooner we learn about honesty, integrity, loyalty, kindness and respect towards everyone the better people we become as adults. Unfortunately it seems to me that many parents and teachers don’t pay much attention to these values these days. And this motivates me to write meaningful and educational stories.
 
3. Who's your favourite author?
To this date the Italian author Carlo Collodi with its children book series “The Adventure of Pinocchio”. You probably wonder why a children book series about a wooden puppet is my favourite story. I tell you why. In my opinion Pinocchio’s character and his maker old Geppetto are the most educational story for young and adult readers to this date. Collodi wrote about trust, honesty, kindness, integrity, discipline, respect, self-respect, loyalty and the importance of education. After writing my memoir, I had to find a genre that I enjoyed writing and reading the most and Carlo Collodis stories inspired me to become a children and YA author.   

 
4. Few quickies:
Money or fame? Money. With money you can buy fame! :-)
Commercial fiction or literary fiction? Literary Fiction.
Blogging or vlogging? Blogging
Interviews or book reviews? Definitely Interviews! The only reason why I wrote my memoir Destination Freedom, is to share my story and be the voice for the voiceless. The refugee topic has become a global disaster. The sooner the world and our clueless society understand the difficulties and challenges of these innocent refugees and victims of greed for more power by our global leaders, the better.  
Audiobooks or ebooks? Audiobooks


5. Why did you chose indie publishing?
It took me years to understand that Publishing companies have their own policy and rules. You don’t get rejected, because you’re not a good writer. You also don’t get rejected because your story isn’t interesting. You get rejected for several other reasons.

All my life I was rejected by society, because of my nationality, because of my religion etc. So to be honest I was sick and tired of being rejected once again by an industry that doesn’t care about me, nor my story and my goals in the first place. After receiving dozens of standard rejection letters from Publishers, in Germany, Switzerland, United Kingdom and America, I’ve self-published my memoir in 2004 in English and German. And I re-published it in 2014 with a new title and new cover.


6. How was your experience? Did it differ from your expectations?
The only difference between self-publishing in 2004 and 2014 was social media. Back then we didn’t have all these platforms to promote our work.


7. What do you think is the most important advantage of indie publishing?
The most important advantage is freedom. And Freedom is my favourite word of all. All my life I was looking for Freedom and with this new journey as a self-published author, blogger and illustrator, I have found my peace of mind. I have the freedom to decide what I write and when I publish it. Freedom is the most priceless and powerful gift we have as Indie authors and as a human being.
 
 
8. What do you think is the biggest challenge?
Promoting the book is the biggest challenge. There are many gifted authors who try to make a living with writing. Despite having the benefits of social media it really is hard to stand out and find your readership. Followers are not necessarily your readers and Likes don’t pay the bills.

9. Who's your favourite indie author so far?
In the last 3, 5 years I have met a few talented and passionate Indie authors from all over the world. I not only read their books, but also had the chance to interview and feature their work on my blog or in my blogger magazine Read My Mind. So if you like to discover new books by great Indie authors, check out my blog: lilyamis.blogspot.com or read my seasonal blogger magazine Read My Mind, which is available three times a year (April, July, November) under www.nassima-design.com/RMM/.
 
10. Could you kindly introduce us to your book(s) in brief?
I have written fifteen books to this date and will only introduce five of my babies here. Please visit my website www.LilyAmis.com to find out more about my other books. My print books are available on Amazon. My ebooks and audiobooks are available in several online stores such as Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, Baker & Taylor, Kobo, Apple, Libro and many more.