First I would like to say that I am human. I believe that is important to mention, due to the fact that sometimes it is overlooked by many. Sometimes when people know that you are a published author, have your own business, somehow they forget that you are human.
Me being human means that sometimes I don't want to move, however as I sit and reflect I am reminded that I have children to love, I have something to do, something to say, design, write, & a better me to increase.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I like to spend time with my family, reading, Starbucks, bookstores, traveling, and creating. Weird all those things lead to more writing.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I read daily. I believe that one book leads you to another question that needs to be answered, and what better way to satisfy it then to search on the topic. I also like to support authors when they are releasing new titles.
What is your writing process?
Free writing. Yeah I probably have a portion of a book on a few napkins or two. I write thoughts, ideas, and whatever comes to mind every single day. Once I have a vivid idea of what I want to say and where I am going, then I create a rough draft, sometimes I will write a rough draft of titles, and go back and change them later.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
When I was a child I read every book from the "Baby-sitter's Club." They use to sell them in the Scholastic at school when I was younger.
How do you approach cover design?
Great question. I am also part-time marketing guru. The cover itself should tell a story. I ask myself as a reader, not just a writer, "What draws my attention to a book while browsing in the book store?" It is usually the cover of the book, then of course you have those books that you just have to read, because the author has built an incredible brand.
Branding is a huge part of my approach, the color, and the story that the cover tells. Red & gold are great marketing colors, however it depends of the mood of the book also. If you want to set a different mood or tone, maybe use blue tones, green tones, some soft colors.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
48 Laws of Power, 50 Laws of Power, Rich Dad, Poor Dad, Science of Getting Rich, Mommy Millionaire, Permission Marketing, and Guerrilla Marketing....Oh yeah you said 5, well I guess I will stop there.
I love reading books that increase me with knowledge and empower me with more marketing skills. I also love reading books by John Maxwell.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I download books to my I-pad.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the South in a small city in Louisiana. It was a peaceful place. I lived with my grandparents there until the 3 rd grade. My grandparents are a huge part of my influence when it comes to knowing self, art, and having a cultural background.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest part is being able to release my thoughts, the process of writing is an outlet for me to able to say what I am thinking at any time.
What do your fans mean to you?
Without the support of my fans it would be hard to have a career. It means nothing if I am unable to help up-lift others throughout my journey.
What are you working on next?
I am working on a branding / marketing book, as well as a few other writing projects. Stay posted for more details.
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You have been blessed as a human being with a God given right to use the power you have been born with to make "success" be exactly what you want it to be - Success is what you make it. "THE POWER OF YOUR WEALTH IS STORED UP IN YOUR IMAGINATION."