Interview with Courtney Psak

What do you read for pleasure?
I have eclectic taste so I will read anything from Raymond Chandler and Agatha Christie to James Patterson and Liane Moriarty
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Amazon Kindle
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
So far using Goodreads and Facebook have been the most effective for book marketing.
Describe your desk
I'm a bit of a neat freak so I can't do anything until I have a clean work space. At my desk you'll see drink coasters and a bonsai tree.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in New Jersey, about forty minutes outside the city. I'm not sure if that really influenced my writing. I would've wanted to write no matter where I grew up.
When did you first start writing?
When I was in second grade I wrote my first book about a royal family of mice that are taken away by an evil hawk and the prince has to go on an adventure to save them.
What's the story behind your latest book?
When I turned twenty-five I found myself and most of my friends were depressed that we weren't where we thought we would be in our careers. What I started to realize was that there is more to life than our careers and it's not about the goals in life so much as it is the journey and what you learn along the way. That was what inspired me to write Thirty Days to Thirty. It's about a girl who loses everything and has to move back home. When she finds a list she made in high school of what she wanted to accomplish by now, she realized she was so career focused that she didn't get to really experience life. She then decides to take the next month before she turns thirty to cross off as much as she can.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I always wanted to write, but there is much more to being an author than writing. Being an indie author is a great way to really be hands on and learn the best ways to sell your book, while also getting the best royalties.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I like to write stories with an message. I hope that my novel can inspire readers.
What do your fans mean to you?
They mean everything. They not only make or break your career, but it's really amazing to see people backing you. It's very inspiring and it's what keeps me writing.
What are you working on next?
I'm writing a novel about a Hollywood socialite who winds up on a reality show as the maid of honor to her best friend who is marrying her ex-boyfriend.
Who are your favorite authors?
Agatha Christie, James Patterson, Liane Moriarty
Published 2015-11-01.
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Books by This Author

Thirty Days to Thirty
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 71,340. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
Jill Stevens has it all, until one bad day it all falls apart. Now living back home a month before she turns thirty, she finds a list from high school of what she was supposed to have accomplished by now and realizes she hasn't done a lot. With a month left, she decides to team up with her best friend and her old high school sweet heart to accomplish as much as she can.