Interview with Nika C. Beamon

What is your e-reading device of choice?
I read on my iPhone.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Generally, if I am promoting a book I prefer to network on social media sites, do interviews on radio shows and speak in front of large groups. I also employ a freelance publicity to generate reviews and send out press releases
Describe your desk
My desk at work is generally cluttered with paper and candy to keep me fueled. I don't usually sit at a desk at home. I prefer to write by hand then type pages into my laptop as it rests on my legs siting on the sofa.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in New York then moved to New Hampshire for boarding school before returning home. Afterwards, I went to college in Boston. I believe going to different regions and interacting with people from all backgrounds and faith gave me a healthy curiosity about human nature. It also inspired me to keep a journal so I could record my thoughts, feelings and actions. I later used some of this material for my stories.
When did you first start writing?
I suppose I've always been a writer. I won the bubblegum award for writing in the second grade and never stopped. In high school, I was managing editor of the newspaper. I continued to submit poetry and stories for anthologies in college. I am fortunate to be a professional writer for television news in New York so I get to hone my skills everyday.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My new book Misdiagnosed: The Search for Dr. House was partially inspired by the hit Fox TV show, "Dr. House M.D," as well as my nearly 20 year struggle to find the right diagnosis for the mystery illness ravaging my body. After sharing my journey with friends and co-workers I was inspired to share my story and tips to help other chronically ill people. The story was the toughest to write because it made me have to dig through well of emotions and experiences so I could connect to readers.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I was motivated to publish the book myself by my agent Time was of the essence in getting my story out. Facing an another major surgery and uncertain future, I wanted to use technology to get my story to broad audience while I was well enough to promote the book.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has given me a way to reach a vast audience quickly and smoothly.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I've found writing allows you to entertain, enlighten and inspire people across the globe by sharing universally relatable stories. I'm happiest when I learned I've helped someone, provided comfort or made them feel less alone in the world.
What do your fans mean to you?
I'm not certain I have fans. However, I am pleased anytime someone spends their hard earned money to read my work and react to it. Knowing that something I've created makes a difference to anyone outside of my group of friends and family makes me feel as if I've lived up to my potential and used my gift properly.
What are you working on next?
Right now, I am working on a true crime story about a murder in Massachusetts that took place while I was in college 20 years ago. The man convicted of the crime was an acquaintance that dated my friend. We have exchange a series of letter about the crime. Most will give readers a look into the complex nature of human beings.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I get out bed every day inspired by the thought that I'm blessed for every new day and that I have more to accomplish.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I am not writing, I like to spend time volunteering, hanging out with my family and friends and trying new things.
Published 2014-07-12.
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Books by This Author

Misdiagnosed: The Search for Dr. House
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 66,880. Language: English. Published: July 28, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
Misdiagnosed: The Search for Dr. House, a memoir, is the tale of a Nika Beamon's 17 year quest to find the correct medical diagnosis. This engaging story takes the reader on journey that is real and raw. It also introduces them to a quirky cast of characters who go through this odyssey with her until she finally finds out that she has a rare autoimmune disorder.