Interview with Joie Schmidt

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
i grew up most of my life in Southern California. The weather, the scenery, the people, and so much more definitely helped inspire my writing style. The cover of one of my three books "Keep Joy in a Pocket & Love in a Heart Locket" is a picture of palms trees I took while rollerblading down at the beach.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing when I was a little girl in elementary school. My very first book was called "The First Pizza" and I had even created a binding and drew pictures. It was about a little girl who was very hungry and wanted to make herself something to eat. Within minutes she became the inventor of the first pizza. She was very gifted, lol.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When I write, I love to become immersed in the descriptions of the story. Just like a painter paints a picture with paint, I love the idea of creating incredible imagery through words.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read everything from the Bible to inspirational books to classic literature.
What inspires you to write?
While there are many things that inspire me to write there is one experience that truly illustrates the main reason. One day, I was rollerblading down at the beach. I stopped at my regular resting point to enjoy the view. It was sunset and I was admiring the beautiful colors. Suddenly, I realized while I was watching there was literally a new mural being “painted” in the sky as the sun continued to set. God was actually creating a new masterpiece in the sky every second. It made me realize God was teaching us that we too can create something new every single moment of the day. This revelation was and still is beyond spiritual and inspiring to me.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite authors include William Shakespeare, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Dr. Seuss, and Robert Frost among others.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
A writing teacher once told me that it’s important to write something every day to fully know one’s writer’s voice. In other words, the more a person writes, the more he or she will feel natural writing their own thoughts.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
“If you can dream it, you can do it!” (-Walt Disney) That quote has done wonders for my confidence.

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:34)

And, this bible verse says it all: “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26)
Any marketing tips you’d like to share with other authors?
The internet has opened up countless opportunities for authors. I know authors that have gone the indie route as well as the traditional route and have still ended up being a bestseller. I believe, via the world wide web and other like advances, that authors are now being granted more freedom with how they choose to publish, market, and distribute their works. Everything from Facebook fan pages to great sites like Read Write Club and Book Reader Magazine, offers authors a more readily accessible presence than ever before. Fans can interact with their favorite author and authors can have more control of their own creative vision. As a result, my advice would be to utilize any and all tools that have been created to help promote books as well as remaining open to creative new avenues and possibilities to market. For example, creating a YouTube video is a great way for ebook authors to “meet” their potential fans without having an actual book signing event.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
“Keep Joy in a Pocket & Love in a Heart Locket” is my latest book. It was inspired by the “Dreams of the Heart” series. I noticed that there were many catchy, inspirational phrases in the series like “And, blessings unto you dearest angels, be not ever blue, for He has always loved you” and “a smile to replace to the stars” that in turn reminded me of universally beloved household quotes like “shoot for the moon and you’ll be among the stars” and then it just felt natural to create this third book.
What genres do you write?
inspirational, poetry, literature, YA adult
What is your website or other social media links?
Published 2017-05-18.
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Books by This Author

Keep Joy in a Pocket & Love in a Heart Locket
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,320. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Spiritual inspiration
“Keep Joy in a Pocket & Love in a Heart Locket” was created to make the messages in the full poems from the "Dreams of the Heart" series easier to remember for everyday universal inspiration. To fill hearts all over the world with joy, hope, love and fun-filled inspiration, for generations to come – timeless, memorable overflowing words of love for all to enjoy!!
Dreams of the Heart, vol. I
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 12,490. Language: English. Published: November 24, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Spiritual
5 Stars iTunes Review: "A voice for the optimist." A collection of poems about inspiration, love, beauty, loss, and life to move the heart and make the spirit continue to soar. A stanza from "And, Blessings Unto You" a poem within this book follows: "And, blessings unto you, dearest angels, be, not ever blue, for He has always, loved you."