Let's chat: the informal bio
I’m proudly multi-passionate, which means I get interested in lots of different things and am tempted to write about them all.
However, the linking themes through my years on this planet so far include:
- Helping others work more efficiently and pursue important, meaningful goals.
- Inspiring women tackle both inner and outer clutter, to create both space and clarity.
- My love of writing and reading, both fiction and nonfiction.
So, if you’re looking for ways to make time and space for what you love, and particularly if you want to use those extra hours either with your nose in a book or creating a book, I’m here for you.
You might enjoy connecting with me and my work if any of these apply:
- You don’t mind my British accent and frequent indecision about UK versus US spelling.
- You’re a smart, educated woman who would like to work more efficiently, but only on things which truly matter.
- You don’t relate to corporate-style productivity training led by men in starched shirts.
- You love to read. Any form of reading is fine by me, but if you like romantic comedies set in England, then I’ve written some novels you might like.
- You believe in productivi-tea. In other words: drinking tea gives us superpowers!
- You’re a writer or indie author who sets yourself challenging goals and sometimes feels overwhelmed as a result.
- You’d like some friendly accountability to help you reach out for your goals.
- You love cakes, bread, carbs and anything in the “baked” category. But you’re OK with moving to burn it all off, too.
10 facts about me
- I was born in Cambridge, England and lived in London before moving to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2004.
- The last consonant I learned to pronounce was “W”. My childhood name for myself was Pom.
- I’ve flown in Concorde to New York, a hot-air balloon in Vermont, and a seaplane in the Maldives.
- My favourite colour is dark purple, more specifically eggplant (if you’re American) or aubergine (if not).
- My husband taught me the basics of windsurfing. I got good enough to fall off a windsurfing board in the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian Oceans, plus the Mediterranean and Caribbean Seas.
- If you made me choose between alcohol and tea, Earl Grey would win. My favourite hideaway to enjoy luxury afternoon tea is Dukes Hotel in London.
- I’m a slow but determined runner. My second marathon in Reykjavik, Iceland, is currently rumored to be my last.
- My Olympic sport would be afternoon napping. And I’ve never yet met an airplane seat I can’t fall asleep in.
- Leaving my family in England and shipping everything I owned a distance of 5,000 miles was the hardest thing I’ve ever done.
- When I’m sick, my go-to movies are Bridget Jones’s Diary and Pride & Prejudice.
The formal bio
Pauline Wiles is an author, speaker and productivity mentor who helps women make time for what they love. British by birth, she’s now a contented resident of California, although she admits to an occasional yearning for afternoon tea and historic homes. Her work has been published by House of Fifty, Toasted Cheese, and Alfie Dog Fiction. Her debut novel, Saving Saffron Sweeting, was a quarter-finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award and a number one Kindle bestseller.
With a professional resume which spans computer training, operations research, entrepreneurship education and professional organizing, Pauline now coaches women in purposeful productivity techniques. She also helps other indie authors navigate their workload with more ease.
When not writing, Pauline can be found getting the steps wrong in a Zumba class or calculating how many miles she has to run to justify an extra piece of cake. She loves to travel but adores coming home, too.