My desk is a writing table brought at a used furniture store about ten years ago for $20. It is wooden, with stylishly curved legs. four feet long and 18 inches deep. Just right for my laptop, my lamp and my copy stand.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Cornelia, Northeast, Georgia. Our neighborhood was and remains situated between two sets of railroad tracks. One going east-west; the other, north-south. I come from a large family that came from a large family. I have five sisters and one brother. We lived in a small house in a very small neighborhood: four rooms. Within these four rooms, lived two Grandparents; one Parent, three Uncles, three Aunts, and six Children. No lie! This sort of life forces one to dream constantly of other places, ideas, people, etc. My whole life influences my writing.
When did you first start writing?
A long time ago. I wrote letters to my beloved uncle who went to the Air Force when I was six years old. After that, it was journaling. I have never lost my love for words. I even love the sound of keys clicking!
What's the story behind your latest book?
My book, Arise, and Walk! Biblical Principles of Health and Wellness, began before I entered seminary. It is the result of my love of all things herbal and alternative. I was called to ministry in Spring, 2003. Health and wellness became my cause to exist. Publishing is part of my ministry. I am so very grateful!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Oh boy, this is the greatest time to be alive. I have had so many false starts to writing and publishing. When I discovered indie publishing, I knew my time had come. I came to technology when it was called automation and none of these wonderful experiences existed. My goal is to use every possible piece of indie publishing and never stop!
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Wow. where do I start? Smashwords has not opened only a door, but more like a gate! In the time it took to watch a video and take a few notes, I learned considerably more than I had in several hours over several days on another site. I love Smashwords! Long Live Mark Coker!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
After self-expression, helping people is the greatest joy of my writing. I am a natural-born teacher, speaker and helper. This is THE life for me!
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything! They give me a reason to write again. they also move me to writer better, hold their interest, inform them. they make me who I am!
What are you working on next?
Although it comes in second, my next offering is a free Companion to 'Arise and Walk', previously published elsewhere. it will be a book full of one-pagers to motivate people toward good health habits. I'm really enjoying this process!
Who are your favorite authors?
I have favorite authors all in different genres. However, out front are: Walter Moseley and Amy Tan-Fiction; Jane Robertson-Metaphysics; W.E.B Dubois and Dr. John Henrik Clarke--African-American History and Culture; and The Great Howard Thurman--Religion and African American Culture.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My life! I am more excited about my life at age 62 than I was at 19. The main cause for that: my embracing my calling to ministry! My current projects are the beginning of that embrace!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading, Sewing, Knitting, Crocheting, jigsaw puzzles. And, let me go ahead and tell you: I do have a job!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
A friend loaned me his Kindle Fire so I could check it out. These days, I am all about SmashWords. I love the way it is categorized and I can go from one to another item. having the option of free doesn't hurt a thing! I am also using Google Play.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. Non-fiction about me and sibling group, 'Ms. Ethel Mae's Girls and Her Boy'. it hasn't been published as yet so I might as well add it to the list. It is autobiographical. It has been read by a few people and was called 'very interesting'. It's long, too.
What is your writing process?
No matter what I am producing, I must always write it down by hand, in black ink, either on loose leaf paper or a spiral bound notebook. Then, I sit down and type it. It's probably a hold-over from third-grade when I learned to write cursive. I simply love to see words on paper!
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes. The Three Billy Goats Gruff. I was really impressed that the goats could talk! That was in third grade!
How do you approach cover design?
On my paid unit, I wanted an expression of the title but also of my inner EarthMother. So I collected a few of my favorite herbs and used them to form a frame around a Bible - the KJV. I really love it and red is my favorite color. The free cover will be of similar birth!
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Jesus and The Disinherited - Howard Thurman | Often referred to as a Christian Mystic, Dr. Thurman speaks into the hearts of the disinherited--marginalized people who seek God with no less fervor, need and passion.
The Souls of Black Folk - W.E.B. DuBois | This author connects--doesn't just speak--to the souls of all Black Folk, but most precisely to we who are southern born-and-bred. his stories will never grow old.
The Eternal Validity of the Soul - Jane Roberts | Metaphysics speaks to me on the topics of creation and divinity and immortality. it speaks in terms and phrases that religion and ' church' have never learned and science can't and won't respect. it makes me feel a truly, truly powerful part of a great, endless creation.
ANYTHING BY - Walter Moseley | So good; so gripping and engaging. many are set in SouthCentral Los Angeles in the 1950's. Central Los Angeles is a vital part of who I am today. Easy Rollins is an old friend of mine!
Think and Grow Rich: A Black Choice - Dr. Dennis Kimbro | He has taken a manual for success [Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill] and turned it into a manual for Black liberation. his work combines self-help, metaphysics, physical, social and practical instruction on how to live well. I have adopted his seminal work as THE manual for Helping People Live Well. I exegete it at least once per month.
What do you read for pleasure?
There will always be a stack: something health-related; i.e., herbs, potions, etc. then I really enjoy medieval books and movies, for all the alchemy, divination, spells, and such. Once in a great while, I love to pile up old food/décor and design mags just for fun!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I don't have one as yet; however, as soon as I get it configured properly, it will surely be my tablet. FOR THE RECORD: I will never give up printed hard copies. I must have something to highlight and somewhere to make margin notes.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Presently, only face to face; my local grocery store! I will soon be releasing a freeby right here on smashwords and fully expect great results, as I follow all the guides for marketing. Thanks.
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