Tell me a about yourself. What got you started in writing?
I started writing only about two years ago. I first learned about blogging and the possibility of making money online while listening to Pat Flynn’s Smart Passive Income Podcast, and the idea that I could make money from home, from my computer stuck with me. Now, I have been writing every since and my 4th book is going to be up for sale on Amazon soon.
I love writing, and my dream is to become a full time author. I know that the only thing that is going to stop me from reaching that goal is if I actually stop trying to reach that goal. One day, I will be a bestselling author sipping pina coladas on the beach every day, but for now I work my butt off.
How do you schedule your writing time? When do you write?
I write whenever I can. I currently work a full-time 50 hour per week job. I write during my time off. I don’t have the luxury of taking any time or any days off, so I write whenever I get the chance.
This most often comes during my days off on Sunday and Monday, but if I can fit it in after I work I will do that.
How and where do you write? Do you prefer a lap top or some other method of getting your words down?
Definitely laptop. I occasionally write notes down, but I mostly use digital format.
Since I currently write only non-fiction I write best when I am using an outline.
What's your favorite part about writing? Your least favorite part about writing?
My favorite part about writing is definitely the finished project. I love seeing a book on sale on Amazon that I created. I literally created something from nothing and that feeling is pretty cool. I am also weird in that I love creating outlines and then using them to help write my books.
My least favorite part is the necessity of deadlines. I know they are important, but it can feel forced at times!
How did you come up with your book idea? How long did it take you to write your book?
I came up with the idea for “Now What? Getting Unstuck in a Sticky World” through life experience. I think that action taking is the #1 most difficult part of reaching any goal. I wrote this book to help people to bridge that gap. The book is for people that know what they need to do, but have trouble actually doing it.
What types of marketing do you do to promote your writing?
I try to keep a constant presence on twitter, as well as respond to any email that comes in right away.
I also pay for advertising, run giveaways, share on social media, and email anyone I can think of.
For my next launch I have cultivated a street team of 20 people to help me launch the book. I am excited to see what comes of putting together a team like this. My hope is that it will help the launch to take off!
What are you currently working on? Do you have a new book out?
I am currently working on a new book called “Peace with Sweets
The Healthy & fresh way to manage sugar intake and reduce sugar cravings”.
It will be out by the end of March of this year, and I am super excited about it.
Do you have a project on the back burner? Tell me about it.
I am slowly working on a fiction book. It is about an alien named Gee (pronounced Ghee). It is a family joke and a voice I use to make my brother laugh. Throughout my childhood we have crafted a character out of this voice and I would LOVE to get it realized into a book.
What would you tell a beginning writer who wants to publish but doesn't believe he/she has enough talent?
You NEVER have enough talent, because talent doesn’t matter. The only thing that matters is perseverance and consistency.
A question for me:
What is the best indie book you ever read and why?
Great question and one I have never been asked before. But it's also a tough one because most of the indie books I've read and loved I've published through my company, Idea Creations Press. How to choose?
I did enjoy Planet of the Gods by A.M. Johnston, because of its detail and engaging plot. I don't typically read fantasy, but was glad I was able to edit and read this one for Idea Creations Press.
I have also published a couple of true stories about cancer, a children's book about a seagull and an owl, and a contemporary fantasy written by a 16-year-old author, as well as others.
All of of these books were excellent.
Thank you for the question.
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