Interview with Annelize Iliffe

Published 2017-06-12.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have many choices, because my content has to be tested continuously. But I guess it would be my iPad.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I am still new in this area, and I am exploring still. But one thing is for sure, success depends on social media.
Describe your desk
Orderly, only with my Dell and my coffee next to me. I do not like paper, and file everything on my digital 'baby'.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Free State, I think the silence and peace in a small town is good soul food for thinking and putting your thoughts on paper.
When did you first start writing?
7 years ago when our tutoring market became so tough.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I believe that every child in the world needs to be literate in numbers and business, no matter how young the child is. They need to be given a choice, and I would like to make a difference in those childrens' lives at a young age, motivating them to choose Finance as their career.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Internet and the wide distribution that it offers.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I am new at this and has just started.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It is an inner fire and passion. Difficult to describe in words.
What are you working on next?
My next e pub in the Accounting series
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I plan my next day late at night, so it is simply impossible not to get out of bed. So much to do, so little time.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am tutoring high school students and university undergraduates, and I have been offered a part-time facilitator job at a college starting in July.

Apart from that, mother, chef, taxi driver and home executive when time allows.
How do you approach cover design?
I get the professionals involved. I think up an image of what I want, draft it roughly, and hand it over to the professionals.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
This was my first attempt with my Accounting book. It is a story of a girl starting a sweets business. My kids came up with the idea of selling the sweets from an old train, the Sweet Xpress. And the slogan: Express your sweeter side.
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