Interview with DeeDee Rayburn

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small Midwest resort town, Siren, Wisconsin. In a resort town, you have access to a lot of people from different places with different backgrounds. I was part of a large family so learned the value of sharing -- this is an important motivation for my writing. I like to share my experience and wisdom with others.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing stories about values and kindness for my granddaughter and niece when they were young. Even then, I emphasized the importance of treating others well.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My wonderful husband used to say that most men didn't know how to treat a lady. After he died, I dated several men over the next many years, and discovered he was right. My new book, How to Treat a Lady, is an anthology of articles on this theme. You'll notice there are similar suggestions running through most of them -- be kind, be thoughtful, leave with the lady you came in with, and so on. I hope women will buy copies of this book for their boyfriends, husbands, and daughters.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My main motivation is to share helpful advice and tips with others. Besides that, I enjoy writing and the new digital publishing platforms have made it so easy for us.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords is a fabulous opportunity to share information and advice with the world. Just a few years ago, it would have been impossible for me to create the sort of books I'm writing now and get them published, distributed, and promoted. Thank you, Smashwords!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Sharing your ideas with others, and self-expression.
What are you working on next?
I have a number of children's stories I've written and plan to make into digital books in the near future. Most are stories that teach good values, kindness, thoughtfulness, and sharing in a way young children can understand. Others are fairy tales.
Who are your favorite authors?
David Hawkins, Maxwell Maltz, Wayne Dyer, Louise Hay, Ernest Holmes, Bob Proctor, and Thomas Troward. I also still love everything by Beatrice Potter, Hans Christian Anderson, the Brothers Grimm and Aesop.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I look forward to whatever will be new and interesting each day. I have an exciting career that exposes me to world news and lots of interesting people from different walks of life on a daily basis, and in the evening I can write.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I have a full-time job in the financial services industry, many friends and social activities. I enjoy theater, ballroom dancing, traveling, and spending time at my lake cottage with my family.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I don't have enough time in the day to read all the ebooks that are recommended to me, but I do the best I can. I also buy ebooks from websites I subscribe to, and these days am looking at what other authors are offering on Smashwords.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
When I was about ten, I wrote a story about my trip to Chicago for a class project. That's the first story I remember writing, but it was the first of many. I had four sisters who were good in art, and I was a good writer, so we often collaborated. I wrote most things, and they illustrated them!
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
When I was a girl, I liked reading about the self-made men who had achieved great things after difficult childhoods, like Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Edison. They definitely inspired me and informed much of my own accomplishments in life.
What's your favorite book?
Probably Psychocybernetics by Maxwell Maltz, M.D.
Published 2013-08-25.
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Books by This Author

How to Treat a Lady
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 7,680. Language: American English. Published: September 20, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Dating, Fiction » Romance » Adult
This fun, useful and affordable collection of articles on how men should treat women is really appropriate for any age man. It's the perfect gift for your boyfriend, husband, son or lover, and ideal for a bridal shower or bachelor party.