Interview with C. Ruth Taylor

What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are a vital part of my network. They represent the people I am adding value to and the ones who are grateful for the work that I do.
What are you working on next?
My next project is a problem-solving pocket book dictionary called "Keys to Win at Life: 100 Proven Ways to Handle Life's Challenges." It is to equip people to handle common life problems be they personal, academic or professional. It is a companion to the text for my life-coaching course. It will be launched in early 2017.
Who are your favorite authors?
Oh wow! That is a tough question to answer. As a child I loved Nancy Drew and C.S Lewis, chronicles of Narnia. As an adult I really am drawn to authors like Philip Yancey, John Maxwell and Brian Tracy and I still love C.S. Lewis.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My purpose - I have a reason to live and a valuable contribution to make in this world. This is quite important because for years, I hated my life and was disillusioned with life until I found a reason to live. The task of making a difference and bringing hope to the hopeless really drives me daily. It is a chance to let my light shine for the glory of God.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am always learning, researching and spending time on social media. I do those things daily. I love listening to success stories and this is part of my normal routine. I am a professional teacher. I coach as well as speak regularly in churches, schools and for companies on a monthly basis. I also hang with my friends and I do volunteer work weekly the Child Resiliency programme.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I get regular updates of new e-book via email or Facebook from various publishing houses.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Well it depends on what you mean. In school we had to write short stories and I don't remember the first. However, my first story as an author is my autobiography: "Heartache Queen Unshackled."
What is your writing process?
I actually use three formats. I write as I am inspired. With my first book I wrote non-stop for 11 days and it was finished. With my second book, I set a deadline for publishing and blogged a book. I wrote 80% of the book as part of my blog. With the current book, I have set a deadline for publishing and set a target of words to write each week. I also use a group of Beta readers to refine as I go. With all three, I usually write an outline and then write as inspired or by discipline (forcing myself to start and then the rest flows). I write then edit later for the most part but at times I do write and edit at the same time. I approach it these days like eating an elephant, one bite at a time.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
No, I don't remember the first but knowing me it most likely was a Bible story.
How do you approach cover design?
I get a concept and contract a professional designer for the project. I prefer art like covers.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
This is hard but the Bible is number one because it is my manual for life. 2. The Chronicles of Narnia Series - I love the tales and the creativity. 3. The Magic of Thinking Big - The success tips are great 4. The Winning Attitude by John Maxwell - It has really taught me to rise above adversities. 5. What's so Amazing about Grace by Philip Yancey/Disappointment with God - These two books really revolutionized my thinking on matters of faith.
What do you read for pleasure?
Biographies and short stories
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I really don't have a preference.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Face to Face marketing in combination with my speaking career is how I have sold most of my books. The other is social media marketing via Facebook and email marketing.
Describe your desk
I'm not sure how to answer this question. Can you explain some more?
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grow up in three places actually. I spend my first 10 years between the rural parishes of St Mary and St Catherine in Jamaica. At the age of 10 I moved to one of the inner city communities in Kingston. This has impacted my writing greatly which is a contrast of ideas from the city and the "country" as we call it in Jamaica. My second book reflects my love for nature based on life in rural Jamaica. My third book is inspired by the need to solve the problems faced by those who are struggling for survival, typical of my life in Kingston. My books are really personal development and success tools. I grew up in marginalized communities for the most part. The need for upward mobility and striving for success reflects a desire to improve my lot and the lot of others around me.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing in High School. I used to write poems and make greeting cards for sale.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It is a reflection of my transformation from a timid, suicidal, fearful individual to a confident and purpose driven woman. It is being written based on the need to find ways to solve the problems of those who come to me for help from time to time and the need to create a tool which will equip others to succeed and achieve their life goals despite the odds.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
It is the idea of control and ease. I want to publish tools as I see fit without waiting on someone's approval. These tools are vital to my work and I can control when and how I produced them.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I am new to Smashwords and thus I cannot speak to that. However, the books produced by Mark Coker have been truly revolutionary for me in terms of my approach to publishing. I have shared his E-books and have learnt invaluable lessons from them. I look forward to using this platform and reaping other rewards from it in the future.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It is having a reader say that my work has transformed their life. It is hearing that the writing has inspired and made a difference in their lives. That is priceless!
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Published 2016-11-08.
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Books by This Author

Keys to Win at Life: 100 Proven Ways to Handle Life's Challenges
Price: $7.95 USD. Words: 40,300. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / Success, Nonfiction » Reference » Personal & Practical Guides
Keys to Win at Life is a compilation of 100 life-winning strategies, proverbs and real life applications to help you successfully handle stressful and difficult situations. It is your problem-solving and success toolkit to which you will refer again and again to successfully handle challenges in your personal, academic, professional, financial and spiritual life.
When Trees Talk: 31 Mind-Shifting Tree Talks with Life Lessons in Personal Development and Success
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 46,490. Language: English. Published: November 8, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / Success
When Trees Talk is a compelling and engaging 31 day success journey, where you will learn 100 fascinating life lessons and principles from popular trees that span generations and seasons of life. This book reminds us that there is no such thing as an overnight success, just as strong trees don’t grow overnight.This is a must-read, one of a kind book for your personal development and success.