The greatest joy of writing is when I am writing from my heart. My emotions and everything that I am feeling is released and expressed and I feel that it helps others to see the struggle within and the answers to problems that remain hidden and buried within those who can't speak or don't know how to say what they are feeling. I enjoy serving others and finding solutions to their questions and sharing knowledge in the same career field.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing when I was very young, probably around the age of 12.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
What else? Reading! Learning something new and growing my mind is one way that I can help educate others. Many times I am reading so that I can provide a book review for an author or a connection of mine.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Through many different sources. Websites like BookBub, Goodreads, Author Marketing Club, Facebook, and Amazon.
What do you read for pleasure?
You'll probably find it strange, but I enjoy reading cookbooks as if they were novels. I love to peruse different recipes and photos, and I like to experiment with food and try new things. My other favorite reading pleasure is stories about animals of all kinds. As long as they have happy endings!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
The only device I have is Kindle on my PC. Otherwise, I just pick up a paperback book and start reading.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I haven't gotten to that stage yet. I am providing many of those techniques and answers to people every day, though. From what I understand, you need to promote your book before you write it, after it is published, and as you are working on your next book. First, define your goals and write them down. Write out in a couple of sentences how your book will benefit the reader. Post it on your website and sales page. Submit your book for review to a book review site. Consider publishing your book in another format. Build relationships with your readers or customers. Network with other authors. Write a press release. Purchase some paid advertising ads. Write an e-mail to introduce yourself as an author to your readers. Tell them about your background, books, and anything else that will help them see you as a real person.
Describe your desk
Right now it is the kitchen table inside of a camper. The only materials I have or need are on my computer that I refer to daily.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I am originally from Findlay, Ohio. I grew up in various towns in Ohio for the first 16 years of my life. My family moved around a lot, so later I found myself in New York, Florida, Georgia, and Alabama. It expanded my horizons and I learned about different cultures and lifestyles, eating habits and history as I met people and learned what they were used to and how they were raised, what their beliefs were, etc.
What are you working on next?
I am considering several different venues. I have a book that I have been writing that is not finished yet. Then there is the possibility of writing my own memoir. I am also considering becoming a coach for first-time authors and helping them deliver their very first manuscript.
Who are your favorite authors?
Too many to answer in a short amount of time. Louisa May Alcott, Frances Hodgson Burnett, Twe Stephens, T. Harv Eker, Shelley Hitz, Chandler Bolt, Earma Brown, and so many more!
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