Gill Hasson, author of Emotional Intelligence Pocketbook: Little Exercises for an Intuitive Life writes a piece for us to tell us a bit about the author behind the book. 

Gill Hasson

Gill Hasson

My favourite subject at school was English. It never occurred to me that I’d be a writer. I wanted to be a Blue Peter presenter when I grew up.

I did everything late. I didn’t go to university until I was 36 years old (I studied Social Anthropology at University of Sussex) I was 38 when I had my third son. I was 40 when I had my first ‘proper’ job (teaching in adult and community education.) I was 51 when I wrote my first book (Bounce. Use the power of resilience to live the life you want.)

You are what you think and what you think you are. I really believe that. I also believe that people CAN change their way of thinking about themselves, other people, and their life. For the better. We’ve all got potential that we’re not aware of.

I love finding quotes to put in my books. Here’s one of my favourites; If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves. Thomas A. Edison.

We have a cat called Norman. When our boys were younger, they persuaded us to get a cat for Daniel, our youngest son. All three boys have grown up and left home now but Norman is still with us.

For the last couple of years I’ve been a walk leader for Ramblers World Wide Holidays. I lead walks for groups of up to 20 people in Europe.  I love it - walking gets you to places that you can only see by going on foot - wonderful countryside and beaches, hills and mountains and amazing views

My favourite film and book is The Godfather. My favourite TV series is The Sopranos.

If I had the power, I’d pass a law that made sure everyone did some voluntary work in their community. Making a positive contribution and helping and connecting with other people can make you and the person you are helping feel good. You can find out about volunteering opportunities near to you by going to

I live in Brighton. It’s a dynamic city with the coast on one side and the beautiful South Downs National Park on the other. I love Devon, Norfolk, the Lake District, Scotland, Wales……where’s not to like in the UK?  I also love France. I used to live and work in the South of France when I was younger. I go back to any part of France any chance I get.

I couldn’t live without music and books. Well, I probably could but it would be difficult.

Gill Hasson. You can contact me via my website