Interview with TR Johnson Ford

When did you first start writing?
Thinking back, I solicited my best friend at the age of around eight or nine to help me write a community newletter. We did this in the pantry of my mother's house. I believe we did this several times.
What is your writing process?
I don't call it a process, but usually I write something when I'm inspired. This inspiration could be from a dream, a thought or so many of life's happenings. Just living our lives gives us many lessons and blessings worthy to pen to paper. I'll jot down the thought and add whatever comes to mind. When that vein is exhausted, I'll put the written work away. Later, I'll come back to it to add, critique or continue to save for further inspirational moments. My writing happens when it feels right in my spirit.
How do you approach cover design?
I get help with covers based on the theory of the story. The cover must be a part of the written work and must help convey the message. Therefore, the cover as well as the interior works together to tell the whole story...
What are your five favorite books, and why?
My favorite books are books that teach and grow me. I especially like books about powerful and empowering women who move pass the glass ceiling or rather act and grow themselves as if there is no glass ceiling. I also like books where the underdog against many obstacles comes out on top. I like this type of read because it lets me know success is just a matter timing, energy and stick-to-itness...
Describe your desk
Some moments organized, others - very cluttered, but always ripe for working.
What's the story behind your latest book?
All that I write have a purpose to inspire, motivate and empower. My latest, All Things Snippets is a workbook all things you. It uses the empowering and energizing eight snippets with a purpose of self appreciation. It reminds us that self love is the activator for all love and that it really is okay to spend quality time with self.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When someone reads and get-it from my writing that gives me great satisfaction. My mother coined the expression "read-on-it", as her way of reading what I write. She says, "when I take my time and read-on-it, I understand and love it". Now, of course, she's my mom and a bit partial, but I've incorporated her phase "read-on-it". Because I write to empower, not a quick read to see who done it, or if the heroine will get the loved one, I write to excite, educate, entertain and empower.
What do your fans mean to you?
The feedback from people is priceless. Everyday is a day to grow and better my best, so when someone likes what I've written - that gives me the inspiration and motivation to keep going. Likewise, when someone suggests improvement, I value that also as a way to better my writing and keep doing what I love...
What are you working on next?
I created ten Positive Revitalizing Activating Choices That Inspire Creative Empowered Selves (PRACTICES). These 10 PRACTICES use the best of what worked in the business arena in the past reinventing it with today's business arena for growing business hearts. The mission of the 10 PRACTICES are to "Raise Them UP" - warming all hearts in the business community.
When did you realize you wanted to write professionally?
Like many, I had thought of being a best-selling author, but it was just a fleeting fantasy because I would then think, what would I write about and who would care. When my daughter received a dramatic health diagnosis and eight women came to her rescue, after much thought I decided to express my thanks to the women, our Angels. That was my start.

That thank-you evolved into my first published book, Thoughts Influence Power Snippets, and three years later I cannot envision myself not writing.
What one piece of advise would you give aspiring authors?
If you have something to share that may inspire and motivate someone, say it. Start writing and keep your notes in a folder and add to it whenever thoughts and ideas come to you. Do not worry about the naysayers, especially yourself, just start putting your words on paper. At this time - it does not have to be grammar perfectly or make sense - just write what's in your heart. Keep at it and sure enough your written words will grow into some special.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Each new day is a new day to better the day before. I am and continue to be a work in progress so every new day affords me another opportunity to right a wrong, to make a difference in someone's life, to better my best in loving, learning and laughing.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, however it was not intended to be a story; it was written as a testimony. My first book, Thoughts Influence Power Snippets was written as a "Thank You" to eight women who were there during an extremely dramatic time in my life. These women, aka earthly Angels continue to inspire me to write as a way to feed hearts.
Published 2015-01-02.
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Books by This Author

Feed My Heart!
Price: $4.91 USD. Words: 13,270. Language: English. Published: November 18, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration, Nonfiction » Inspiration » General self-help
Feed My Heart! Five gifts of spiritual, creative, intellectual, emotional and social motivations feedings your heart good. These five fun, exciting, and empowering ways guaranteed to feed your heart real good Today, Tomorrow and Forever!