Interview with Sylvia M Dallas

What is your writing process?
I might be reading my Bible or see something happening that makes me want to check out a scripture on what is happening, when I might get an unction to write on this topic
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The Three Little Pigs was the earliest story I can remember. My father died when I was three, and I remember sitting on a high stool in my mother's kitchen reading. I am an avid reader.
How do you approach cover design?
I tend to seek the help of professionals. If money is short, I will ask a friend who does graphic design to help out, but I always have an input into the design process as I usually have an image in my mind that I would like to see.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I like spy novels, some criminal novels. I do not like a lot of blood and gore. I love humor. Nowadays, I am just delving int the Bible for inspiration. I find that I am having a lot of "WHOA!!" moments. What are "WHOA!!" moments? That is when you read a scripture that you have read hundreds of times and then a new revelation hits you.
What do you read for pleasure?
The Old Testament.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Without a doubt I love my Kindle Fire HD
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I am not able to say yet. E-book publishing is a totally new idea for me.
Describe your desk
Sometimes pristine, sometimes cluttered.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in both the rural and urban areas of Jamaica. I cannot really say if that was a factor in influencing my writing, but I have always had a very active imagination as a child.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing poetry at 10 years old. I published my first book under another name in 2000.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I was in church listening to sermon on Praise unto Purpose. The scripture reference was Acts 16:25 - a scripture that I have heard sermons on and read many times. I had a "WHOA!!" moment when I read "And the prisoners heard them" and it became the title for my book.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Never had much luck with traditional publishing. I have never really been the conformist type. Since nobody wanted to publish me, I did not see anything wrong with publishing myself.
What are you working on next?
The book that I originally wrote prior to this one THE RIGHT KIND OF INTIMACY will be published soon. After that I am working on about 4 more books simultaneously.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have a wide range that I love, Jeffery Archer, Jack Higgins, Perry Stone, Bill Johnson, Kevin Basconi, Jesse Duplantis, Joyce Meyers, T D Jakes, Clive Cussler, Frank Perreti - way too many to mention.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I am always excited about what the Holy Spirit is doing in my life. Since each day I ask the Lord to order my steps, and since I know that His plans for me are always good, I can't wait to see what He has in store for my day
What do your fans mean to you?
I prefer to think of the people who read my books as people to whom I minister through the Word. The word "fans" has a ring of idolatry to it, and for me it's all about God
Published 2014-07-02.
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