Interview with Suzette R. Hinton

What is your writing process?
Inspired! I'm not one of those writers who make it a point to write something every single day. I know, bad writer! I tend to get a charge from watching television, reading something or riveting conversations. Super Soul Sunday on the OWN Network is a bedrock of inspiration for me. Listening to Oprah's questions automatically takes me from waiting to hear how her guests will answer to having to write (or type, as it were) how I'd answer. Easily, it turns into a book chapter, a blog post or an article submission.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
My five favorite books are:
Love Is a Choice. It was a game-changer for me. Until I read that book, I thought that love was overwhelming and all-encompassing, rendering its victims blind, deaf and dumb.
Feel the Fear And Do It Anyway. I realized I could feel fearful but it didn't have to control me.
Eat, Pray, Love. It had me at the bathroom rendezvous with God.
Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man. I loved the straight-shooting, unapologetic honesty of that book. This book gave us a front row seat into the male mind. There were other books, but this one had that extra special something.
Finding Your Own North Star. This book reinforced my trust in my inner compass to lead me due North.
What do you read for pleasure?
Contemporary fiction. The first fiction book I purchased was Terry McMillan's Getting Back to Happy. Normally, I read self-help books. This one, however, I read just for entertainment.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Although I've put a lot of time and energy into developing a web presence, the most effective book marketing technique for me hands down is personal interaction with people. There's nothing like looking into the faces of men and women and seeing that moment when there is a connection with what you are saying.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small, rural town in Eastern North Carolina among people who didn't have a lot materially but had a strong faith in God. Though I credit my upbringing with my reverence for God and respect for authority, it was hard to express feelings and beliefs contrary to the prevailing beliefs of my parents and church. I lost the sound of my own voice and with it, lost who I was. Writing gave me an unbiased, safe space to reconnect with my own feelings and to explore them fully.
When did you first start writing?
Someone bought me a diary with a cute little lock on it. That's when I started writing. Middle school age was when I began. Come to think of it, I wonder where that diary is!
What's the story behind your latest book?
I was vacuuming and I heard, "You've got another book in you." It came quite by surprise as I wasn't even contemplating writing another book. As I continued to vacuum, I heard, "The title is The Sound of My Soul" Immediately, I connected it with my first one. "And the other one will be Protecting Your Emotional G-Spot." Twins, yes, I had two books growing inside of me at the same time. I wrote them at the same time and released them both on May 31, 2014.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My business strategist had written a few books and had lots of information about self publishing. She gave me a outline of who did what and how much it cost. It was very helpful for a newbie like me. I considered Createspace and explored some other publishing options but I chose a more organic path. What can I say, self publishing works for me.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It's yet to be determined. I love the approach and hope it will introduce me to a broader audience.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Lending a voice to the voiceless.
What do your fans mean to you?
They are everything! What's the point of writing if nobody wants to read what you write. Without them my writing would serve no purpose.
Published 2014-08-09.
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Books by This Author

Protecting Your Emotional G-spot
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 31,140. Language: English. Published: August 9, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Sex and Relationships  » Sexual behavior, Nonfiction » Psychology » Emotions
Though it boasts of positions, passion and mind-numbing climaxes, the private woes and struggles of the G-spot are often overlooked. The reader becomes the fly on the wall into its boudoir. This book reveals the emotion behind the titillation. It humanizes the G-Spot and the wounding that happens when it is not protected.