Interview with Abraham J Williamson

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the small town of North Little Rock, AR. My mother was a writer and taught me how to read when I was around three years old using Hooked On Phonics. I published my first poem in third grade and have always written as a form of escape. I wrote "How to Generate AMAZING! Profits for Your Barbershop" after starting my company Abe Strategies. I have found that there isn't a "How to Guide for Barbers" wanting to go mobile. After a number of interviews with clients, I felt that the best way to show barbers just how effective mobile apps are for there business was through an ebook that specifically spoke to their craft and could be read during their downtime in the shop.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing seriously in college. I took a Classic course my sophomore year called "Love in Antiquity" that introduced me to the world of ancient literature. My professor said that I had potential but that I had a long way to go. She recommended writing short stories and I never really stopped. I still read ancient classical literature to this day.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I have spoken with several barbers about mobile applications. Almost all of them understood that mobile apps are the future and were fascinated with the technology. Few however knew how it would directly help their business model. I wrote this book to answer a number of the questions I have experienced helping barbershops with Abe Strategies and to get other barbers talking about the impact of mobile in their own lives.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are everything. They provide invaluable feedback and support my work as if it were their own. When you are serving others they support you in a way that helps you to grow into a much more mature author.
What motivated you to become an "How to" author?
I have always been a fan of books that were written to teach something of value. I felt that my customers would enjoy a shorter book that was straight to the point yet provided relevant insight and immediate impact.
What are you working on next?
I am currently working on a "How to Book" for Hair Stylists. I have noticed that Stylists are using mobile apps in a very unique way and seek just as much customer engagement with their clients as barbers, if not more. I have a few other works in the pipeline that I am keeping "hush, hush" for now, though I expect 2015 to be my best year yet.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Each day I start by giving thanks to God for all that he has blessed me with. I have such a strong desire to make a positive impact on the world that I look forward to having so many hours in a day to devote to learning from others, absorbing lives lessons, and spending time with the people that I love.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy I find in writing is the opportunity to serve others. In diaries you write for yourself, in a book like "How to Generate AMAZING! Profits for Your Barbershop," I really enjoyed using what I learned from others to provide a useful book for barbers at any stage in their career.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend a lot of free time reading and in very deep conversations with others. I was a mental health counselor in college for about seven months and found that communication is the number one way to stay sharp mentally. The outdoors have always been my second home so I travel, ride my bike, find a field/court, and grill whenever I get the chance. I would love to start playing my saxophone again so 2015 is the year!
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords really helped my book to take off. By allowing me to post my ebook for free they have helped me to reach a much larger audience and way more barbers than I otherwise would have publishing elsewhere.
Who are your favorite authors?
The first fiction book I fell in love with was "The Count of Monte Cristo" by Alexander Dumas, though I am an avid reader of James Baldwin, Langston Hughes, and John Maxwell. I love to read and am always being recommended great books. Napoleon Hill is another great author that I enjoy reading.
Published 2014-10-05.
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Books by This Author

How to Generate AMAZING! Profits for Your Barbershop
Price: Free! Words: 9,150. Language: English. Published: October 3, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Marketing
Barbershops with a strong website and robust social media presence are losing thousands of dollars a month in revenue. This book tells you why. After many conversations with barbers everywhere struggling to go mobile, I wrote this book to barbers enhance their mobile marketing strategy and pick up money currently being left on the table.