Interview with Esther Amariah

How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has so many best selling ebooks I just had to give it a try. Call it perseverance with the hope of being the next best seller.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I can be who I really am, no holds barred, with no one watching, and spill my heart out in my work. It never hits me until after my books are published that I have become so exposed to the world.
What are you working on next?
I have a women's humor novel I am finishing up. Then after that my epic fantasy trilogy will be ready for the world.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I have three children to chase after, that is definitely a no brainer. lol
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes I do. I was nine and it was about a black bear that escaped a circus and two kids found it and returned it to the wild. I still have that story.
What is your writing process?
I like to work on four to five books at a time because some days I am in a funny mood, and some days I want a bloody battle scene. I need to keep my work exciting or it bores me.
How do you approach cover design?
I approach it how a buyer would. Does the cover draw me in? Will it be good enough for the reader to turn it over and read the back?
What do you read for pleasure?
I enjoy reading Charles Stanley devotionals, so peaceful and encouraging.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I haven't found one yet. I mainly use facebook and maintain memberships to online writers groups to gain awareness for my work.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on the St. Johns River in Green Cove Springs, Florida. I loved it! The river waters, the sea life, fishing, the ocean breezes at St. all influenced me to write Inspirational pieces. I could sit and stare at the river waters or the ocean for hours and be in deep thought about my next book, and it always worked, still does.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing when I was 9. I still have my first story.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have spent years sending out queries to literary agents and I guess my patience has reached the limit here. I am not getting any younger you know. One agent requested the full manuscript and well, let's see...that has been nearly 6 months ago. I can publish my own work and start making money instead of stuffing my books in a drawer waiting for an agent or a publisher.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
God, and the fact that I have children who inspire me, a husband who loves me, and novels I need to finish. I can't stand having unfinished work sitting around.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Charlotte's Web. I remember thinking this writer really knows how to put life into his characters, even though most of them were animals. The story came to life in my head and I was only seven years old. I still have that book.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Do I have to have one? I am hard core, old fashioned paper back or hard back gal. I want to hold the book in my hand, not some electronic device.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Women's humor that expresses the joys, frustrations and pains of being a woman on every day living. These are humorous stories about events that happen to women, from parenting, dating, and dealing with people.
Published 2013-11-06.
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