The Lamb Chops and Mutton of Dating

Dating advice you will love… An Interview with Carolyn Martinez, Author of Finding Love Again

By Silvana Nagl

‘What if the best day of your life hasn’t yet happened?’

Carolyn Martinez Author image by Adam Nicholas, Adnic Photography
Carolyn Martinez Author image by Adam Nicholas,
Adnic Photography

The gift of being a writer is that you can examine, extrapolate and integrate those life experiences that leave you wondering, “What just happened?” Such is the talent of Brisbane writer and publisher, Carolyn Martinez. In Finding Love Again she explored the world of single-dom at the end of a long-term relationship.

Dating Advice: Fluff or Fact?

Martinez discovered that there were many fluff pieces available online, that obscured the important research findings of qualified professionals. Carolyn needed information that acted as a bridge between hard data and yet was easy to read. So, she set about creating a manual for the heartbroken called Finding Love Again.

When you feel like ordinary chuck steak:

‘I wrote Finding Love Again because I was utterly unprepared for the reality of dating when I found myself single again at 32 years old. I went from being prime rib fillet in the dating world in my early 20s to ordinary old chuck steak in my 30s.’

Through the passage of time and immersing herself in her new identity, Martinez discovered the joys and pitfalls of being single. Particularly repellent to her were some of the ‘labels’ that this new world imposed on her.

‘It was ludicrous how often I was categorised – sight unseen might I add! – as desperate to have children immediately. Simply because of my age. I was infuriated and offended to be pigeonholed.’

Heartbroken when her first 12-year relationship ended, Martinez realized sometime later, that she’d made many mistakes. Such as excessive drinking and dating the wrong kind of men for her. It wasn’t until she finally met Mr. Right, her current husband Saul, that she stopped and analyzed what she’d experienced. She then turned thorns into gems of wisdom. Dating can be a minefield when you are younger, but when you get older there are so many things pushing against you that you feel practically knocked over, luckily there are ways that can attract the opposite sex, no matter the age you are. For example, using pheromones has been known to create a reaction of attraction. If you want to know ‘what are pheromones?’ you can check out websites like for more details and use that in combination with this book so you can start to feel like you can take on anything dating will throw at you.

A new and loving space:

In this new and loving space, she felt the time had come to reflect on her experiences and write the book she wished was available when she was single.

‘I wanted to create a kind of best friend in a book, one that would warn you about those pitfalls and help you avoid the mistakes I and others made,’ she said.

To gather all the collective wisdom of those who’d faced similar relationship challenges, the former journalist interviewed men and women across Australia. She also interviewed a relationships expert to compile helpful advice for second-time around singles.

Research-fed advice:

One of the stand-out pieces of advice that came from her research was the need for self-reflection exercises.

‘One of the major recommendations in Finding Love Again is that you need to understand your own personal values. Understanding which of these is Negotiable and which are Not is critical. It’s easier said than done. The included self-reflection exercises guide readers to uncover their personal answers.’

Martinez’s favourite part of the book is the sample questions that the Relationships Expert suggests. ‘You ask your new date open-ended questions that give you real data to compare your values against theirs. Open-ended prompts stop you sounding like you’re asking ‘laden’ questions,’ says Martinez.

Internet Dating, yay or nay:

So, what does she think of internet dating? ‘I didn’t make recommendations either way, but my personal view is that it’s better to meet someone in person. Maybe start talking online on a dating app but don’t get into anything serious until you have met that individual personally multiple times. If you’re trying to match yourself to a stranger you’ve met online, it’s easy to fall into the trap of becoming someone different to suit their likes and interests.’

It’s important that you socialize with like-minded people so that you’re likely to have similar interests and values. However, if you want to look for something casual and are inclined toward sexual fulfillment, you can look for websites such as to find a person with equivalent expectations. You need to be clear about what you want to get out of dating, be it a serious connection or just friends with benefits arrangement, before approaching anyone so that you can keep the relationship as simple as possible.

If you are into BDSM and would like to find someone who is just as into it as you are, so that you can try the collection of bdsm toys and similarly kinky items you have accumulated over time, it is likely that one such website will help you locate the most suitable person. In this regard, you can also look for websites that offer BDSM advice and tutorials. This will help you learn from experienced people and find someone who is into the same things as you are.

‘I think it’s important to feel strong and resilient and put yourself out there (outside your home and computer). Meet new people and develop your own interests, that way, you can truly ‘find yourself’ again after a break-up before you start dating someone new. Ultimately, by doing this, you end up putting yourself in the best places to meet the right person for you.’

That’s not to say there isn’t a place for online dating with many people using sites such as Arab Lounge. There are people who would prefer to get to know some a little better before meeting them in person as being introduced to lots of new people can be daunting. It can also be difficult to meet people through friends when you’ve just moved to a new city or country. It completely depends on the individual.

Bringing Hope:

Martinez hopes that Finding Love Again will bring hope to those feeling a little hope-less, and leaves us with her favourite quote from the book. ‘What if the best day of your life hasn’t happened yet?’

For those looking for love, let’s hope that reading Finding Love Again means that ‘best day’ is just around the corner.

Front Cover Finding Love Again by Carolyn Martinez

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