Interview with Jolake Bivins

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
If I am not writing, chances are, I am doing one of three things: studying scripture, doing extra research for a book, or riding ATV's with my girls.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Any kind of book, that I read, is always based on genre. I do not choose a best author or a best seller. Normally, I choose on the contents of the book. The reason, I don't choose a best author/seller, is because I have never been one that "goes with the flow." I am a simple person; that depicts everything on my desires and good judgement.
What is your favorite childhood book?
My favorite childhood book has to be "Strawberry Girl" by Lois Lenski. English professors would have a field day on correcting the words in this book. However, as a southerner, we do not speak as proper as we know to. It is fun to read and share with children for that particular reason. I still enjoy reading this to my youngest.
How do you approach cover design?
Although I am far from being a graphics designer, my covers link to their characters. If the book is more dramatic, I won't choose something bright or happy. It just wouldn't make sense to me. My covers reflect the majority feeling of the book's contents.
What do you read for pleasure?
The Bible - Why? Here are my reasons: for the truth, wonderful ancient stories, guidance, help, and I learned something new almost every time I read it.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I love reading on my iPad! Usually, I can't read until everyone is asleep. So, it's perfect for that (unless my notifications are turned up and it wakes my husband).
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
So far, social media has been the way I market. I have not chosen any other option this far.
Describe your desk
My desk is a 3' round wrought iron table complete with a nice cup of coffee.. It is nestled just under a hill in the great outdoors close to a creek. I can sit outside, listen to the birds, look at all the trees, and words consume my mind. A beautiful peaceful scenery is where I write.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the southern state of Arkansas. Years later, I had moved to Mississippi and then back to my home state. After many of life's uphill battles, I moved to Tennessee with my God given husband.
Writing had been in my mind since the TV series, the "Walton's." It is strange how a little girl would admire "JohnBoy Walton!" Becoming a parent influence me to write. I started to write children's short stories. However, not published, I wrote to encourage my children to read. Times would become rough; so I went to work for a few years. Then, I met a wonderful friend, who is a well-know author. She encouraged me to do what I really enjoyed doing...write. So...I quit my job, found peace, and started writing..
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book published, "I'm Not Yours," is about a teen relationship. The young girl is swept off her feet with this young handsome guy. She had no idea that he would be so controlling. In fact, she became accustomed to many of his possessive ways. Once she opened her eye to the matter, she had already been physically attacked by him. Blinded by love for a long time, she was...and I don't think he will leave her alone.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wanted to become an indie author, not to become rich; but, to help young girls with similar issues. When you are a teen, sometimes you feel trapped and adults just don't get it. But I remember being a teen, all too well. However all of my books will not be about bullying situations. My mind is going 100 miles an hour on different genres. So, I am interested in the readers' suggestions on anything new that they would like to read, even publishing more series.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I enjoy writing because I leave my home. Just as a reader, a person can go anywhere they want or be who they want. It's an amazing feeling. When I write, I am truly in my book.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. I want everyone to know that I am an open person, willing to talk, and interested in their thoughts.
What are you working on next?
Currently, I am working on 4 books. One is a sequel; but you will have to see which one that one is. : ) Another is about a slave girl who eventually gets revenge on her horrid master. And, for the first time, I am working on another short story about a boy pertaining to being bullied. Last, but not least, I have a paranormal book about a mother going insane 150 years ago. She is a murderess and her spirit turns demonic (I can't spill the beans here). It's almost ready for editing; and, I am excited to publish all of them!
Who are your favorite authors?
Lois Lenski - Laura Ingalls Wilder - Dr. Seuss - Pinnacle
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Life - I love life. I know that Heaven will be a wonderful place; but, I really enjoy my life.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I believe it was called, "Freddie the Fox." All of my children's stories were always lessons to be learned.
What is your writing process?
My writing process typically starts out with a nice cup of coffee in a "Dollywood" mug. I take my laptop outside to my table and commence to write. It's all that simple. Rain or shine.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
One of the first stories that I read was, "Little Toot." It had me to always remember "I think I can...I think I can." It taught me to never give up.
Published 2016-04-19.
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