Interview with Dana Gore

What's the story behind your latest book?
What started out to be a book about health and fitness took on a life of its own when one of the chapters (exercise safety) was going to prove to be a LONG one.
It dawned on me that it needed to be what the entire book was about since the subject matter could mean the difference between life and death for those who exercise.
My book raises awareness about how to avoid unnecessary injury and death in a lifestyle designed to inspire well-being. Anyone who exercises will find something valuable in the contents.
What do your fans mean to you?
I'm not worried about having fans or being a public figure. That doesn't mean anything to me.
I really only care about getting a message out there about assuming personal responsibility for ourselves and choosing awareness.
I care that I can share information that can have a beneficial impact on someone's internal environment - which will translate to a better external environment for themselves and everyone else.
It's a butterfly effect.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Anything that allows variety.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Face to face workshops and talks.
I have written about a subject matter that people don't realize they need to read about. I have found that speaking about the contents of the book has helped prospective readers develop an awareness of why this is such an important topic to inform themselves about.
When did you first start writing?
In high school during my creative writing assignments. I loved that part of class and eventually started writing poetry (one poem was published in a local newspaper).
Years later, I decided to start writing again once I found a platform that allowed self-publishing.
After that, I went on to have my own monthly health and fitness column in one of the local newspapers and went on to write for other publications.
How do you approach cover design?
I had my cover designed professionally.
However, I did have a few specific ideas in mind - so I sent a few samples of other book covers that I loved and trusted the person I hired to work their magic...which they did.
I also searched for an image that would best represent what the book was about...which was the hardest part of the entire process.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Creative self-expression and speaking my truth.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Well I'd be lying if I didn't credit the alarm clock.
I also enjoy my quiet time in the morning.
What do you read for pleasure?
I like esoteric literature. The Kybalion is one of my favorite books.
Describe your desk
You mean my chair?
My "desk" is a cheetah lounge chair. My laptop sits on my lap on a serving tray. How's that for professional ;)
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It hasn't so far...but I'm hoping to be able to edit the answer to this question soon enough.
What are you working on next?
A collaboration with another author. I'll say more in time.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Lately, I've been gardening. Growing my own food is my new hobby.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Subject matters that interest me literally find their way into my immediate awareness and I follow up and investigate what the book has to say.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Nope. Maybe I should start taking Ginko.
What is your writing process?
The words form and I write them.
I wish I could say I'm all organized and fabulous...but the truth is - content shows up when it shows up.
It's just up to me to get my ass in front of the computer and type them when they're ready to come out.
I've had material form in some strange scenarios - cleaning my kitchen being one example - working out being another.
Both times I stopped what I was doing just long enough to get some material out and come back to it later and finish what I had started.
This is why I prefer to just speak my truth and allow my writing to reflect that. Your truth doesn't leave you...it just needs an outlet - sometimes more than others.
Published 2015-02-28.
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Books by This Author

Choose Awareness: How to Free Your Mind and Become Your Own Guru
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 17,290. Language: English. Published: August 6, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Motivation and inspiration
Choose Awareness is about how to become an observer of yourself and the world around you. It helps you to discover self-awareness and personal responsibility. In a world where society governs and conditions the human experience, questioning things and learning to use critical thinking and discernment is an asset. This is how you free your mind - and become your OWN guru.
Streetwise Philosophy (A Bullshit-Free Approach to Spiritual Maturity)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 16,750. Language: American English. Published: October 17, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / General, Nonfiction » Philosophy » Contemporary philosophy
It's time to wake up. Our planet is heading in a dangerous direction and the time has come for us, collectively, to become more aware of the predicaments we face and to do something about them. Only self-awareness, personal responsibility, and the ability and willingness to venture beyond appearances will make the difference. Streetwise Philosophy will help you take the first steps.
A Simple Guide To Exercise Safety (What You Don't Know CAN Hurt You)
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 23,500. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Exercise, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / Success
This book will benefit all exercisers to help avoid unnecessary injury and death in their quest to get healthy and fit.