About me ...
Hi, I'm Mary-Claire Hanlon ...
I’m committed to helping people to appreciate and boldly embrace who they are and who they can be, which entails honest self-evaluation and reflection.
What I do and what I write, can lead to deep transformation.
In terms of my literary heritage, my influences include authors such as -
So, if you're familiar with any of those authors, you'll realise that I'm interested in historical biographies and fiction, first and foremost, with a sprinkling of fantasy and spiritualism thrown in. I like to learn, but from a comfy chair!
Pearl S Buck was the one who took me from girlhood to grown-up; her novels were heart-wrenchingly real and heartbreakingly tragic. I think her books were the first historical fictions I ever read; and I could never get enough. More recently, Anne O'Brien, Anita Diamant, John Man and Helen Castor have inspired me and satisfied a need in me for well-balanced characters telling their truths intelligently.
As I look over the list above, I see people with great investigative abilities, who have researched their subjects (both protagonists and the culture of their times) so painstakingly, and told their stories so warmly, that I have felt a part of those lives. I am thankful for their inspiration and skill.
You'll see that there are no self-help authors on that list. The truth is, that I don't ever find myself drawn to self-help books. I acknowledge their value, but they just don't attract me.
So, as much as I write "self-help" books, my style is nothing like the usual self-help book. I usually start with a story, a fiction with which to resonate. This gives my readers the chance to ponder the concept of "another life"; and the idea that there is a place for chance, but also for choice, in our existence. Rather than overwhelming the reader with lots of words and references, I prefer my books to feel like a conversation.
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My credentials: Bachelor of Science, Honours in Psychology, Doctor of Philosophy in Psychiatry.
My PubFacts Profile (for scientific publications) is here.
My PubMatch Profile (for literary purposes) is here.
Here's a bio that you can use when advertising me for your seminar, conference, trade show, planning day, or workshop (it's under 100 words; please include the hyperlinks):
Self-help author and internationally-sought-after public speaker, Dr Mary-Claire Hanlon runs The Centre of Serendipity, independently publishing books that facilitate self-transformation. An engaging adult educator and speaker, awarded for her mental health research, Mary-Claire uses psychological techniques to creatively produce change. She holds a Bachelor of Science, Honours in Psychology, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Psychiatry.
Mary-Claire has written two self-help books. Her first book, [RE]BIRTH, is about self-awareness. Her second book, Study Skills for Success, is designed to help learners to learn better! Readers love her gentleness and depth, and her easy writing style.