I call it the Rumpelstiltskin Complex. One night I was watching the TV show, Once Upon A Time, and a character said to Rumpelstiltskin, "You have no land, no money and no title. You are nothing."
I thought, "That is me in the publishing world. I have no previous writing credits, no degree, and no platform. I am nothing." But I have something to say, and writing professionals have told me that my writing is good. So self-publishing offers me some opportunities that would not have been available to me other wise.
Understanding this, I started reading other indie authors, Rumpelstiltskins, like myself, and have been impressed with much that I have found. Here's hoping for happily ever after for all of us.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
it's a little premature for "success", but here's hoping!
I love Smashwords though because it is a tremendous asset for indie authors. From the free Style Guide that teaches you how to format your book, to uploading and sharing, Smashwords offers valuable support in what can be a confusing territory--the publishing world.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love words. I love putting them together like beautiful beads on a string. Writing helps me clarify my thoughts, understand the world better, and gives me the opportunity to share those thoughts with others.
What are you working on next?
My current project is a book about healing from abuse from a spiritual perspective. It is commonly known that anger toward God is often a part of the grief process, but what is less understood (except by those who have experienced it) is the anger toward God, and the pain and shame felt by survivors of abuse.
As I struggled through those feelings myself, I searched in vain for a book that would help me find my way. Because I could not find that book, I found the answers myself, and wrote them to help others. I hope to release Touching His Robe in the spring.
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