About Vera

Vera’s sixth book, ‘Another Cup’ has been published. Order your signed copy asap.
Lovely review, thank you.You can order now on the Books & CDs page. Also see the News page for book launch photos and the superb Big Interview by Lancashire Post.

Rainbow Connections on KindleTake Vera with you – she’s available digitally as an e-book on Kindle and iTunes, covering most popular devices from Kindle reader to iPad, iPhone, Android or even on your laptop. Perfect to dip into when you get a moment or need a little inspiration.

You may be wondering who I am, you could be one of my readers or someone simply browsing. Whatever the reason I am glad you are here.

Penn Cottage Books 25 yearsI adore books, typically reading three or more every week, with a collection numbering into the 1000’s. My first love though is writing and my latest book was recently published. Penn Cottage Books celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2015, having successfully self-published my first book, Half a Rainbow: Insight into Stress in 1990.

For over thirty years I have been pleased to speak to people in groups small or large; at conferences as a key-note speaker or meeting people at talks and book signings.

As a counsellor and life coach I am aware how important it is to choose the right speaker for your event after all the aim will be that the speaker will not only inform but entertain your audience. That is where the humour comes in, people do like a good laugh and so do I!

My career and life experience has taken me into many varied areas and situations. Trouble Shooter, Pioneer, an Agent of change – this is how the Press have described me over the years. From Berlin to Australia and then for the last 12 years America where I am billed as an inspirational/motivational speaker or as the Virginians say a ‘Stem-Winder’.

You would be correct in thinking that as the first counsellor ever retained to advise the Police from the private sector that my life has been spent advising and helping people to cope with problems. Indeed this is so, de-briefing officers in the aftermath of major incidents including the Manchester airport disaster in the 80’s was a very moving experience and the work with children has been of immense importance to me for these little ones are the future of mankind, they need to be cherished and nurtured.

I have always believed in the power of positive thinking no one ever said that this life would be easy however we have to make the best of it. Often I am asked why I continue to work in the way that I do my answer is that as long as I can help people I will go on.

It is important to live our lives not merely exist!

Every moment is precious, priceless in that we cannot bring back even a moment of the past we can only live in the present. My life has and continues to be varied and interesting because it is filled with people.

Every person I meet is unique, no two human beings have the same identical talents and gifts.

Your glass can easily be half full if you are a positive thinker.