Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Giveaway & Guest Post: Find Your Voice by Author Philip Johnsey

Today we have the pleasure of visiting with Author Philip Johnsey! 
He will be sharing a guest post, 'Find Your Voice', as part of the virtual tour for his new book, Climb that Fence and Take that Leap
'Find Your Voice' is a very encouraging guest post for aspiring authors.
Philip is also offering a tour wide giveaway for a $50 Amazon Gift Card for one lucky commenter!  Be sure to leave a comment to enter!
Without further ado, please welcome author Philip Johnsey!

Find Your Voice by Author Philip Johnsey

 Hi Stephanie, thank you for the opportunity to share a guest post. As soon as I read it was author’s choice, I knew exactly what I wanted to share.
It’s a common occurrence for people to say “I’d love to write, wish I could write like you”. Their eyes are full of delayed hope they think will never come. It’s like someone with very little resources staring at an expensive, exotic car and saying “if only I had money”……
I always encourage them by saying “you can write, get published and even more, as you”. They always respond that “they’re not good enough”, “they can’t” and the usual mantras that we all tell ourselves that keeps us from moving forward.
Looking back at how I got started in writing, I remember those same thoughts; those same mantras.  I initially had success with one article that I didn’t put much thought into. I just wrote from the heart and what came to me.
That was fun, but I really wanted to improve my skills further so I took several different writing classes. However, I began to notice a pattern after the classes.  I’d attempt to change my style, my delivery to be more like the people and genres I studied.
Soon, I had trouble writing a simple paragraph, let alone an article. Every time I sat down, it was an ordeal. I wouldn’t use my voice, I wanted to be like the success stories I studied. My voice was pushed to the corner; it’s not good enough, the world won’t accept it, etc. In an attempt to become better, I gave up my style, my voice.
One day, I scrapped all of that and just wrote what I felt and what a relief!! I literally felt free, like I’d been let out of a cage. It felt so good to just write and not worry about being like someone else. Sure, I incorporated all the writing tips from the classes I took, but I used them with my voice.
Whenever someone talks about being a writer, I share my story and encourage them to find their own voice. Writing is a creative craft; a place where one expresses themselves, their soul, their voice. We can’t all write the same; if we did it’ll all be pretty darn boring.
So if you dream of writing, or anything else for that matter, find your voice, tune it, and share it gladly. The world can always use something refreshing and new. The world needs YOUR voice….


About Author Philip Johnsey

Raised on a farm and having been a volunteer at different animal rescues, it’s no surprise that his first two published articles were about animals. So it’s only fitting that Phil’s first book is about animals and the connections we share.
From Phil’s first high school job to present, he’s spent his career working with clients, explaining complex ideas in an easy to understand manner.  In addition Phil enjoys exploring the world and sharing those adventures via writing, photography, and videography.
Phil’s credits include, multiple certifications, Reiki master, photographer, author of two blogs, author of a travel column, creates short segments for a local T.V. station and whatever else he can get into 

About Climb that Fence and Take that Leap 

Edmund blasts across the yard against my calls to come in. He gleely runs off and I chase him across the grass only to find a unique butterfly or a sky filled with stars. As soon as I stop and admire, Edmund promptly comes to my side and rubs against me.
Do you ever wonder if there is more to your pet's behavior than meets the eye?  Sometimes their antics are more than just random behavior.  Can we learn something about ourselves by watching them?
I believe so and Climb that Fence take that Leap is a compilation of personal, inspirational animal stories and the life lessons I gleaned from them.
After enjoying these stories, hopefully you'll enjoy more quality time with your furry friend and know what it takes to Climb that Fence and Take that Leap!
Kirkus Review of Climb that Fence and Take that Leap

 Also available at Createspace.


Don't forget to enter the giveaway!
Author Philip Johnsey is giving away a
$50 Amazon Gift Card
to one lucky winner from this tour.
To enter, simply leave a comment on this post.
You can earn additional entries by following the Climb that Fence and Take that Leap tour and commenting at each stop! You can find the rest of the tour at: Goddess Fish Promotions.




  1. Great post Phillip, thank you for sharing your thoughts.


  2. Enjoyed reading this excerpt today. Do you think you will ever take the leap to write fiction? If so, in what genre would you write?

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

  3. This sounds like such a nice book. I really love to read about animals.

  4. Sounds like a fun book. Thanks for sharing it and the giveaway. evamillien at gmail dot com

  5. If you love animals, you'll enjoy it because it highlights the connection between them and us. Thanks for the read. Have fun!

  6. Sounds like a great read!
    I love animal stories!
    Thanks for the great giveaway!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  7. Nice post

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  8. I think to be a writer you really need to want it & then take that flying leap and put it into action.