Interview with Deborah Yousuf

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The challenge of what might come my way and how I will overcome it, and the prospective of meeting new and interesting people.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Working and researching everything I can get my hands on.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Someone has pointed me in that direction, or piqued my interest in a specific subject so I go researching for more information.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. My father had taught me to read when I was 4, but not to write yet.
It was in the first day of my first grade and I wrote a story about a large truck that had run down the road past me. I was not very big on writing words yet, so I titled the name of the truck with my own name. I drew more on the pictures than words, but I can still hear and feel the swoosh of the wind as the truck blasted past me. I pictured the grass and fences around me, my family standing close by, the hill to the left of me and the colors of the truck.
The teacher saved these stories and showed them the last day of the year.
I still recall writing and drawing that story till this day. It was important to me because it actually happened and I was
trying to relay that story to the world.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
It was Dick and Jane.
I was 4 years old and a school was torn down close by our home in Meridian, Oklahoma close to Marlo, Oklahoma. The people just threw away books and supplies into the trash. My father was working there and brought some of these first grade reading books home to us.
I kept trying to read and kept asking him what each word was.
Finally he realized I was ready to learn to read so he taught me.
I read all of those books and would also sit transfixed as my mother read stories to us.
By the time I was in first grade, I could already read some of the books they had.
The impact was that I could read and understand things around me faster, conquer studies quicker, and was not scared of studies as many others were. I already HAD IT!
How do you approach cover design?
I try to make the cover show the main point of what is the subject of the book.
What do you read for pleasure?
I research all types of subjects, and it relaxes me as I research and discover new and unknown data.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Computer, I like to be able to enlarge it to read it faster, and if I do not have a definition for something in the subject, I immediately look it up on the dictionary page. If that is not extensive enough, I get the dictionaries and Encyclopedias and research them to their original beginnings.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
This is my first book to publish.

I have written books through the years, but never published them. Always so busy never to round them out for publishing. Life, family and business kept me so busy and involved. People I was connected to would always put chaos into my life, so I had to constantly stop and handle it, and never got my work published.
Even on this book, one of the people just tried and tried to keep me distracted after they found out I was writing again. Arguing and fussing about every little thing. When that did not work, they even sabotaged themselves to make themselves look ill so I would have to stop and take care of them. They had their friends as well as my own family, call me up and guilt trip me and fuss at me to make sure I took better care of the person.
Describe your desk
Research books, dictionaries of different languages, encyclopedias, etc., on bookshelves surround me. Computer, calculator, staplers, notebooks for keeping thoughts and ideas to get to later. In and Out baskets to the left and on the right. Phone on the right.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Terrel, Oklahoma, then Marlo, Oklahoma, then Nocona, Texas. I went to Collegel at East Texas State University, in Commerce, Texas.
The people around me had so many different viewpoints, ideas, and activities. Some of the stories my mother and Aunts told me as they grew up, I always wanted to get them down on paper, but now so much is forgotten, and they are all passed on.
What I write about is what I know, and use myself, and for my family.
When did you first start writing?
After I got out of College.
I wrote poems to heal emotional pain.
I wrote poems to break up with unworthy boy friends.
I wrote poems for therapy.
I wrote letters to heal after traumatic relationships and then burned them.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My uses of Aloe Vera, not another person's story, but mine. My story, my uses, my experiences, my findings, and my family's uses.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
A friend of mine told me about an e-book club to write e-books and sell to them.
When I dragged out my books, some over 20 years old, and started writing again on them, my son told me about
ibook Author by Apple.
I got the program and finished my book. Someone else mentioned other publishing web pages so
I researched and found SMASHWORDS.
I think it is a great idea, people all over the world can benefit by my 37 years of genetic research, and possibly save a life
or just make their lives a bit easier to live.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
That someone, somewhere, somehow can be benefited from my years and years of research. That is why I did the research in the first place.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Actually, I do not have any favorites. I just go and search out books that I am researching subjects, and plow through them trying to absorb anything I can to help me in the quest I am on. I have on occasion while browsing in old Libraries, and to my surprise, a book will jump off the shelf on the floor beside me. I will pick it up, not even a bit interested in the subject, and start to put it back, but then think it would be a good read. I would end up later actually taking classes to find in-depth information on that unknown subject to me, and being able to help people with the subject later.
Published 2014-03-16.
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