About The Author
Christine Clayfield, Author of No Fourth River.
Hello and welcome,
I am Christine Clayfield. Author. Mother. Wife. Businesswoman.
I like to look at the glass as half full and I like to think like there is no box! Individuality matters.
I am a hard worker and I am passionate, ambitious, vigorous and result driven.
I like travelling, reading, dining, talking business and watching a good movie or a business program like Dragon’s Den or The Apprentice.
I donate monthly to the NSPCC “National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children” because I’ve experienced how hard it is to grow up as a child without love or affection and how tough it is to continually and consistently being abused and bullied.
I come from a painful past but that didn’t stop me from changing things around. I’ve achieved recognition as a Bestselling Author for one of my Internet marketing books. I wrote 6 books: 1 novel (my own life story) and 5 Internet marketing related books. I love writing books and helping others to achieve business success!
Visit my Amazon Author Page here for more information about my other books.
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Writing my novel No Fourth River
My past holds much pain and abuse, but it did not stop me from being the woman I am today by transforming my life and building the future I wanted.
After my painful and abusive past, I decided to change my life around. At some point in my life, I simply had nothing.
Here are some extracts from my novel No Fourth River:
“I had no money, no job, no food, no real friends, no love and no home to live in.” (page 115)
“The room was positively filthy and much smaller than I had hoped once all the stuff had been moved out of it. The windowless room was cold and dark. It stank of old cigarettes and spilled booze, and some of the stickiness would not come off the walls. One single, bare, flickering bulb hung from the ceiling. So this was the place that would be better than home, this tiny, dirty, filthy room. I settled in as best I could.” (see page 116)
“I had to find a way to overcome my fears and move forward with my life. I had to cross over to the other side. I needed to find the courage to rebuild a meaningful life and change the course of my life forever. I was going to meet my fears with the same resistance that a rock shows the wind. I promised myself nothing was ever going to be the same again. Harry had done enough damage to kill me and yet, I was alive.” (see page 159)
I had no money when I started my first business but thanks to a small bank loan, I started working hard and set up a successful business.
With several successful businesses under my belt, I decided to become an author. I want to empower and inspire the world with the release of “No Fourth River”, a novel, based on a true story: my own life story.
Life was certainly no easy ride for me. To say I had a hard life as a child and a young adult, is, I believe, an understatement. ‘No Fourth River’, is my way to let the world know that despite the pain of your past, YOU have the ability to change your future. YOU can make it happen if you just believe. It all starts with YOU.
Here’s the reason why I wrote my novel:
I don’t usually share my story with others. However, sometimes when I unintentionally mention things from my past, people are intrigued. They want to know more about my life. I’ve often been told that I should write a book because my struggles would resonate with others and my life story could be an inspiration. I’ve listened; I’ve written my book.
Sometimes the people that we love can become cages, trapping us in a life that we don’t recognise or accept. Throughout my life, I have developed strength of character—a real determination that has seen me through some dark and abysmal times. This is the purpose of telling my story—I want to help you to discover your strength. I lived on the other side for a very long time. The other side of happiness.
I was trapped there in my youth, absorbing the pain of my circumstances in slow motion. For too many years, I lived in utter misery because of my cruel dad, that evil boarding school and my slavemaster husband.
It was as if I had my face pressed against the window of a bakery but I was never allowed inside. Sure, I knew what the delights inside looked like but the taste, the smell, and the rapture of them were lost on me. Happiness was something that belonged to other people. They wore it so lightly, so naturally, that it became a source of confusion for me growing up.
I learned the wrong kinds of lessons. You know, the ones that keep you trapped inside misery forever. I just didn’t know any better. My normal was on the other side of living—it was coping. It took faith beyond reason to jar me out of that life but I found a way to cross over to the other side. After endless torment, I made a promise to myself: No more. It was time to build the life I desired. I made a plan to change my world.
To say that writing this book has been an emotional experience would be an understatement. I had deliberately buried any memory of my youth because it became too painful to recollect. To write this book, I had to uncover my pain and dig up those memories that were long since put to rest.
In fact, I grew so disconnected from my feelings about my past, it was as if every bad memory I had was automatically locked away in order to protect myself from random recollections. Despite my efforts over the years to keep things buried, writing this book has uncovered these recollections and raw emotions, which now feel like fresh memories burnt into place.
Painful experiences can completely disconnect you from your feelings and the person you truly are, and worst of all, neglect your most crucial needs. I was there. I was at rock bottom and deeply ashamed of the choices I had made. I had to try to find a way to reconnect with myself.
I want to share my story to help others who feel as I did—ashamed, alone, sad and hopeless. Join me on this journey through my life’s struggles. As you join me in this personal memoir, a retelling of my crossing, I want you to hold a thought in mind. If life has kept you shut out of its joys and pleasures, I want to charge you with a single idea: if I could find my way through the bakery door, then you most certainly can too.
As you read my story, I hope you find your own inner strength to escape the prisons erected around you in your life.
I hope you will enjoy reading it.
All the best,