Interview with Carolyn Dale Newell

What motivated you to become an indie author?
When I was 50 years old, God called me to begin writing Christian devotions. I was in the midst of a rehab program to learn the skills necessary to live as a blind person. Some of these skills, such as braille, were extremely difficult. At that point I wanted to encourage people as they go through their own challenging trials. I chose to self-publish because I had met Phyllis Campbell. She was born blind, and she was an indie author. She mentored me through the process.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has been great. They distribute my books to many retailers, such as Apple and B&N.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy comes from glorifying God through my writing. A close second would be encouraging people and drawing them closer to Jesus Christ.
What do your fans mean to you?
I love my readers, and I love meeting them, interacting with them on social media and I pray for them.
What are you working on next?
Next is something new for me. I will soon begin a memoir where I will write about losing my sight, gaining some back again and the journey God has taken me on.
Who are your favorite authors?
For fiction, it would be Karen Kingsbury. Non-fiction is more difficult. I love Suzi and Lysa and the ladies at Proverbs 31.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
It is definitely my writing. My alarm is a southern gospel song entitled "Finish Well" by Karen Peck and New River. It encourages me to get up and serve God as much as possible that day.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love walking and southern gospel music. I also spend much time reading and studying the Bible.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Through social media.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I wrote a devotional called “Vanity”. It was about Jesus on the cross and how disfigured He was after all the beatings and so forth. I compared that to how we cringe when we have physical scars or we need to wear glasses, use a cane or wheelchair.
What is your writing process?
Many ideas come to me while praying or during Bible study. I keep notes on all these ideas, and I research them. Next, I write the devotion, wait a day or so, and read it again. Then it is ready for my proofreaders.
How do you approach cover design?
Prayerfully! “In The Storm” was easy. After a thunderstorm one summer evening, I saw the sun beaming brightly through the clouds. We took many photos trying to get the right one that would match what I saw. That cover is a photo we took from our hotel balcony in Nags Head, North Carolina. “Incense Rising” was extremely difficult because I had vague ideas. It was challenging because I could not see the pictures. Finally, my husband found a few I liked as he described them to me. I sent the ideas to my designer, and he nailed it with the first design. The next book will be easy because it will be a photo of me with my guide dog.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
That is easy! I absolutely love my iBook app. Until I purchased an Apple device, I could never read anywhere except one room of my house. Apple has made it possible for visually impaired people to read anywhere.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I am new to marketing, and as a Christian, we do not like to push our books. With “Incense Rising”, I created a launch team, and so far, that has been very effective. I try to give my reader high quality material for the price, including a bonus section in the back of the book. By doing so, the book will help market itself through word of mouths.
Describe your desk
Messy! I do not write at my desk. I use a laptop, and I usually sit in my rocking chair. A preacher once told me he could feel the anointing in that room. I also love to sit outside and write.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Lexington, Virginia, and it had no influence on my writing.
When did you first start writing?
I began writing at age 50.
What's the story behind your latest book?
“Incense Rising: 60 Days to Powerful Prayer” is a 60-day devotional focusing on prayer. It is biblically based, and includes Scripture reading, memory verses, and a different Hebrew name of God for each day. I included 10 uplifting devotions for those times when you need some encouragement.
Published 2016-08-12.
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Books by This Author

Incense Rising Bible Study
Price: Free! Words: 14,320. Language: English. Published: April 22, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Biblical Studies / Bible Study Guides
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Our prayers rise like sweet smelling incense to God, our Father. This study will give new life to routine prayers. You will feel the power and peace that flows through prayer. This companion to Incense Rising 60 Days to Powerful Prayer will ignite the fires within you to pray with passion and faith.
In the Storm
Price: Free! Words: 9,780. Language: English. Published: October 3, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Christian Life / Devotional
"In the Storm" is a 31-day Christian devotional written to encourage all people, especially the disabled since the author is visually impaired. Each devotion will remind you of God's strength, grace, and power as you face the difficulties of life.