Interview with linda billet

What's the story behind your latest book?
This book started out as a way to illustrate what it is like when you are pursuing a dream, or at least how it was for me. A lot of people seemed to view my life as much harder or much easier than it really is. I thought I could give them a better picture if I write about it. I was certain that by the end of the book, I would be a wildly famous artist, hence the name, "my meteoric rise (to here.)" However, the "here" was a different place than what I thought it would be. I think my own writing showed me some things that I would have missed. This is the book I wish I could have read when I quit my job years ago. I mean, if you KNEW things would work out all right, you could take any leap. So I want any reader to know that no matter how it turns out, it will be all right.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
The books I read are generally self-help books. I am curious by nature so if I see something on FaceBook, that often prompts me to Google the person who wrote it. I like books that can show me ways to make my life better.
What is your writing process?
I like to write so that a person will feel as though I am talking with them. My hope is that people will see me as open and accepting because I am.
How do you approach cover design?
The mosaic that is on the cover of my book is a self portrait. It is called "comfortable (the fushigi life)" and shows an imaginary picture of myself underwater. At the time I often felt as if I was drowning, and what helped me was to use Jillian Michael's quote, "Get comfortable with being uncomfortable," as a mantra. Fushigi means magic and when things get tough, I try to remember just how magic my life is.
Describe your desk
I am not really what anyone would consider an author. I am a full time glass artisan and that takes up most of my day. When I thought about my book, it was actually in the middle of the night when I couldn't sleep. Surely, a lot of thought would have been lost when I fell asleep again. Whatever topics made it through till the morning were keepers. I have a laptop that had quotes on post it notes all over and a file with things that I wanted included. I worked on an Ikea shelving unit that is about three times bigger than the laptop. Besides a mousepad, router, two speakers, and a jar of pens, I have room for a cup of tea.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Central Pennsylvania. The thing that most influenced this book is the really religious phase that my mom went through starting when I was in about ninth grade. I was taken out of public school and sent to a church school. Many weeks had some kind of church activity every day of the week!
When did you first start writing?
I started writing this book in 2010, and finished it in 2013. Then I sat on it for a few years and edited it, adding interjections from an older and wiser version of myself in 2015. I finally released it early 2016.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I didn't realize I was an indie author till just now when asked that. I had to google it. I found, "If you see yourself as the creative director of your books, from concept to completion and beyond, then you're indie." on selfpublishingadvice.org. I am an artist so I want things MY way. As a novice, I didn't realize that self publishing is the way to go if you want this kind of control. For instance, on my website (http://lindabillet.com/) or anywhere I sign my work, I never use capital letters just because I don't like the way it looks. I have that freedom in self publishing with very few things being rejected for these "errors." During the years I spent writing, I was unaware that there was a possibility of self publishing. Now that I know about it, I cannot imagine any other way my book could have been published because my time is mostly devoted to my glass work.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy is when someone says that I helped them. I wish I could help everyone!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I am a glass artisan. I make beautiful things. I love living this magic adventure.
What are you working on next?
I had said in my book that I never want to write again. My book has been out for a little over a month and I am already contemplating the next one. I just became a grandmother about two weeks before my book was released. Everything changed. I have more stuff on my mind and am spending sleepless nights again. I think maybe, just MAYBE, I will again write about how we look at things... but then that's IT. No really.
Published 2016-02-17.
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Books by This Author

My Meteoric Rise (To Here): The Story of One Glass Artisan
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 87,510. Language: English. Published: January 27, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / General
I am not an author. There’s that. I wrote this book with the hope of maybe convincing somebody to stay on the path to their dreams. Mission accomplished, it was me. I didn’t realize that this book would become what I NEEDED to help ME to keep the faith. I may have been too honest, but it did show me how much I’ve learned and how much I have yet to learn.