Interview with Analise M. Oliver

What motivated you to become an indie author?
After many hours and days of research to find out what was involved in the publishing process, I learned that it could take years, if at all to get a traditional publisher. I really wanted this true story about my father to be made available as soon as possible, and therefore, I elected to self-publish.
What are you working on next?
Since this was my first book, I am considering two options: I may write a followup biography about my father that answers the question of what happens next after he leaves Cuba. I'm also thinking about writing a fiction about a story idea I have.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am an entrepreneur. I have a small business that keeps me quite busy, so when I'm not writing, I am working on my business. I also am a wife, mother, grandmother, daughter and sister. I try to spend as much time as possible with my large family.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I scroll through the ebooks looking first for the title and cover to catch my attention, then I read the description and if I still hesitate, I will read the reviews. Once I've read a few favorable reviews, I purchase the ebook. Genre and topics don't matter to me, as I really enjoy all kinds of books and I love to read and learn new things.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't really remember the first story that I have ever read, assuming it was some children's book because I started loving to read very young. However, I do remember getting completely enthralled with the Nancy Drew Mystery stories. I couldn't get enough of them and my mother tried to keep them coming as quickly as I read them.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
So far social media, actually Facebook, has been my most effective marketing technique. It's the people I know that purchased and read the book first and their comments and shares that have helped spread the word.
Describe your desk
How I answer that today might be different from how I answer that same question tomorrow. It all depends on how busy I am. I have a large Mac desktop with another monitor attached next to it. I have a desktop scanner because I'm mostly paperless, that is except for the 25 pieces of paper with hand written notes on them - ha! I write notes when I have an idea, I write notes when I'm on the phone about the conversation I'm having. I write to-do lists for several categories, I have shopping lists as well as business notes and marketing must do's. All my leads start on paper too! So, I have notes all around me. I have piles too, one for incoming, one for what I'm working on and one that I must scan and toss. However, it IS dust-free because while I can get cluttered, I clean it often.
Published 2018-01-30.
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Books by This Author

Fear of the Tide: The Untold Story of a Cuban Rebel
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 87,050. Language: American English. Published: January 30, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Caribbean & West Indies / Cuba, Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » Biography
A riveting biography about a Cuban rebel that joined covert operations, during the Cuban Revolution, attempting to stop the Castro Regime from taking over Cuba. David Fuentes Martinez reveals the corruption that swept through Cuba during this time and he captivates readers as he describes the heartbreaking story that forced his harrowing escape as he ran for his life.