I wake every morning to a new day. Along with my wounded children, we start the day with a smile and a Thank you. Today is going to be great. Some days of course are better than others, but I start my days with a positive outlook hoping to heal someone's wounded child within.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend my time as a Project Coordinator for Tombird.com and help other Authors reach the point of publication and book launch.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I usually discover the ebooks I read by searching a specific topic. I gravitate towards those that I know, but I'm not limited in my search.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do remember the first story I ever wrote. It was about Martin Luther and the advent of the Lutheran Church. Luther inspired me when he said to his followers; "Don't make a religion out of me. Our spirituality lies within our heart."
What is your writing process?
My writing process is to turn on the music from tombird.com and greet my Divine Author Within as we tour the Universal Library looking for my book, whichever book I'm currently writing.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I ever read was the Autobiography of Babe Ruth. It was just his baseball prowess that grabbed my attention, it was the layout of the story of his life. I realized then what my grandma was telling me when she said, "Yianni, the real history of the world is not in the wars that were won or lost, the real history of the world is in the story each of us has inside us." What's your story?
How do you approach cover design?
I approach cover design by spending time on 123rf.com brousing images based on my story vision. My next cover will be illustrated.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
"The Notebook" is number one. Like most, I dream of ending this life with a partner by my side. "The Firm," Grishman is just a good read and his stories grab my attention. I'm a collector of his books. The Psychic Pathway, by Sonia Choquette. Sonia was the first person to identify that I was a healer. Julia Cameron's book, "The Right to Write," because it inspired me to write my story. "The Journey of the Soul, " written by Dr. Michael Newton because it opened me to something higher than death and living more lives.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read John Grishman's books for pleasure.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My reading device of choice is my computer and then my ipad.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
When I launched my book, I utilized the services of Denise Cassino's Bestseller program. However, I increased my launch opportunities two-two fold by posting my book on 65 various Facebook pages from Tom Bird Authors (Private Pages), my high school page, my former work location at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, SCE, and other work related sites, along the University of Nevada Page. Twitter and constant tweets was utilized along with Linkdin.
Describe your desk
My desk is in an L shape. Short side of the L has my Mac Computer and the long side has my PC with dual monitors. In the corner of the L is a TV. My desk looks computer rich, but it's a very productive site to the sight.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in San Francisco in 1950. Lived there for the first ten years of my life. The most influential years of my life I might add. It was there that I really did leave a part of my heart when we moved to San Diego where I have spent the largest portion of my life. Life influenced my writing.
What's the story behind your latest book?
While completing my first book, Grandma's Secret Blessings, A memoir with a Twist, I found and identified with the new life it created. Once told I was a healer by Author Sonia Choquette, I realized while writing my first book about my life, that I truely was born to be a healer. My current work, "Ghost or Spirit? Healing stories of the Wounded Child," will catapult not just my abilities an Author but as a Chiron, a Wounded Healer.
What motivated me to become a Self-Published Author?
The Tombird.com program motivated me to become a Self-Published Author. The program developed helped me to overcome the fear of being writer, self sabotage and to dig deep inside to bring out the best story possible.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords is new to me, but I believe it like so many will find a larger audience for book and my future books.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing for me is the feeling of accomplishment. My stories are written as they are seen by the vision of my eyes aided by the addition of my third eye and how I view the world.
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