Interview with Christine Oneto

Published 2014-02-05.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Having been a writer with a passion for both non-fiction, (as well as poetry and blogging), and new forms of writing and media, it was an easy choice to go indie and choose Smashwords.
What's the story behind your latest book?
When I was living in Seattle and taking a class on "Excellence" (& how to be excellent in your own life), we were tasked with a project: Write down a list of all your complaints. I noticed, most of those items on my list had to do with my frustrations with being a woman in America and the unfair/unjust treatment we sometimes receive, as far as equality, misogynistic attitudes, and the way media so poorly portrays women and girls. We were then told to turn all of our complaints into possibilities --- this became my book project! I researched and read every new book I could that came out regarding women's issues, including books like "That Takes Ovaries" and "Kiss my Tiara." (Who knew there were so many!) And, while being an advocate for girls and education/equal rights for them, this became my mission for this book. So, I decided to pour my experiences into this, to make it a platform for young women and adults, both, to find their true "women's voice" and have a say in our communities, which could help grow them for the better.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
So far, I am set and ready to find out! ...
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I would have to say that -- at risk of sounding prejudiced -- the thing I love most about writing, as opposed to any other artistic expression, is that it lets you convey what you wish, in any format, at any speed, and with as many or few words as you wish, on any topic you wish ... and when it feels right for you. The other biggest joy of writing for me is that I can use it to forward the causes and promote the work I am most passionate about.
What do your fans mean to you?
When I have more fans, perhaps I can tell you for certain! ;-) But, for now, I will say this: when a "fan" responds or comments on something I have written, it brings me satisfaction to know that what I wrote has helped that person or at least has resonated with them. That makes it all worth it!
What are you working on next?
Next, I will be working on a full-length version of this e-book, which I hope will come out by the end of this year. My goal is to find a print indie publisher and promote it more broadly, perhaps, if after first publishing it here. After that, my next book will be geared towards the adolescent girl.
What do you hope people will take away while reading "One Woman's Voice"?
It is my hope that all women -- whether mid-career, just starting out their career or schooling, or mom of 2 -- will find that it helps them discover more about themselves, and how they can relate to and affect change in their own world, or their own community. If they feel more encouraged to live their life to the fullest, and find their true Voice, then I will know that the book has been a success in doing what I wished it to. I am hopeful that it will allow for a new platform and more ways in which women and girls can initiate the important conversations on those topics here, and all those aspects of their lives which they feel need voicing and being brought to light, to improve the life condition of women and girls, everywhere.
How do you approach cover design?
My cover design was illustrated by a great artist and friend, Sarah Didion. She and I came up with the concept together, as I wanted a certain picture I had in mind (woman with a megaphone); and she had ways to help make it modern and eye-catching. However, in the beginning, I try to think of an image or a symbol that will (a) be very recognizable and/or catchy; and (b) be original and innovative enough to make people want to know what it's all about!
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Books by This Author

One Woman’s Voice: And How Using Yours Can Start a Revolution
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 20,250. Language: English. Published: December 7, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Women's studies
“We can have no ‘New Deal’ until large groups of people– particularly women– begin to have a revolution in thought.” (Eleanor Roosevelt) Written to help facilitate today's women in shaping the next generation into the leaders of tomorrow-simply by speaking up: intelligently & often! With a companion website for women to voice their opinions, this collective Women's Voice can come about, now.