Sharell Cook, author of Henna for the Broken-Hearted, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

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Sharell Cook

author of Henna for the Broken-Hearted:
When the search for meaning takes you all the way to India

Ten Terrifying Questions


1. To begin with why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself – where were you born? Raised? Schooled?

I was born in rural Victoria, in a town called Traralgon. It’s around two hours east of Melbourne. I was raised and schooled in the area. My primary school was a small country school in the middle of nowhere. I have such fun memories of climbing the towering row of cypress trees out the front of it. It was quite a shock when I started secondary school, which was a large private school around an hour away from home by bus.

2. What did you want to be when you were twelve, eighteen and thirty? And why?

When I was twelve, I wanted to be a hairdresser. My mum was one, and I loved cutting hair. Every doll that I owned got at least one haircut from me when I was a child. Some dolls were unfortunate enough to lose most of their hair! When I was eighteen, I wanted to be an accountant. My parents wanted me to go to university and I was good at commerce at school, so accounting seemed like a suitable profession for me. When I was thirty, to be honest, I didn’t know what I wanted to be. All I knew was that I didn’t want to be an accountant anymore! It was too rigid and structured for me. I’m a creative person at heart.

3. What strongly held belief did you have at eighteen that you do not have now?

At eighteen, I found life rather overwhelming. There’s a saying, “It’s not what happens, it’s how you deal with it.” I believed the opposite of that. To me, life was all about what happens and I was very daunted by what the future may hold. It wasn’t until I faced my first major crisis, the ending of my marriage, that this belief changed. It was a terrible event, but I realised that I could deal with it just as Continue reading


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