Yuwanda Black

Biography

My name is Yuwanda Black and I'm a freelance writer, author and web entrepreneur.

I've been a freelance writer since 1993, a self-published ebook writer/author since 2002 and an internet marketer since 2008.

TRAVELING FREELANCE WRITER

My primary residence is in the U.S., but I travel frequently to Jamaica (Negril). I visited for the first time in 2009 and started going back on a regular basis. After so many trips (and so many expensive hotels) I thought, "It's cheaper to rent!"

So I did.

Since 2010, I've rented four places in Negril -- from studios with ocean views to a two-bedroom/two-bath house with a yard and access to an infinity pool (which overlooked the ocean; it was beyond gorgeous!).

Now, I have a one-bedroom apartment that is about a 20-minute walk to the beach and 3 minutes to bars and restaurants.

Note: See the video attached to my profile here to get an idea of some of the fun stuff there is to do in Jamaica -- and to see how beautiful it is. This one details one of the many trips I've taken to the mineral springs in the Blue Mountains.

I have the most amazing massages when I go here ... and talk about natural beauty -- this country is absolutely gorgeous!

See more videos of Jamaica on my YouTube channel at "inkwellny."

THE THING I LOVE THE MOST ABOUT MY CAREER

The thing I love the most about being a writer is that it allows me to live and work where I please. As long as I have an internet connection, I'm good to go.

I've worked everywhere from a hotel room in Barcelona, Spain; to a cafe in Stockholm, Sweden; to a farm house in Cordoba, Argentina. As far as work, I feel like the luckiest girl alive most days.

THE THING I LOVE THE MOST ABOUT BEING AN EBOOK WRITER/SELF PUBLISHER

In a phrase, "income stability." As long as I can write (ie, produce new products), I can make a living. How much I earn is entirely up to me. Thanks to places like Smashwords, you don't have to be famous to make a living as a writer.

RUNNING, RUNNING, RUNNING!

I'm also a marathon runner. I've completed two full and 8 half marathons as of December 2013 (when I completed my third Reggae Marathon in Negril). I'm always training for the next one.

LIFE PHILOSOPHY

Just do it! (As a runner, of course Nike's philosophy fits who I am :-)).

LEARN MORE ABOUT ME

Inkwell Editorial is my freelance writing website. You can learn more about me at the "About" page there. It's been live since 1999 and has hundreds of articles on how to start a successful freelance writing career.

You'll also find info on ebook writing/publishing, blogging, social media and more.

Want to know about SEO writing? Visit my in-depth blog on the ins and outs of this high-paying freelance writing niche at SeoWritingJobs.com.

CONNECT WITH ME ON TWITTER

It's my preferred social media outlet, although I can also be found on Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, StumbleUpon and Google+.

Thanks for dropping by, and feel free to send me any questions you have about freelance writing, ebook writing, internet marketing and/or self-publishing in general.

Sincerely,
Yuwanda

Smashwords Interview

What type of books do you write?
I've been a freelance writer since 1993 and I write fiction and non-fiction.

I've self-published over 50 how-to, non-fiction titles -- mostly covering issues related to freelance writing, self-publishing, SEO writing, small business and internet marketing.

This year (2014), I turned my attention to writing primarily fiction; in particular, romance.
Why write romance?
I've been a avid reader of romance novels since I was a teenager; I've read literally hundreds of them. They're my escape and balm for my soul -- after all, what could be better than reading about love. :-)

So I decided to write the types of romance novels I like to read, which usually involve flawed characters who are willing to put in the work (eg, go to therapy) -- to make love work.

My novels, in my opinion, are grounded in today's realities of contemporary living; particularly as a modern woman, I like to address love in a realistic manner. The road to "happily ever after" is not always smooth. It requires dedication.

But when you find the right one, there's not like putting in that work. It takes love to completely new depths. At least, that's what I strive to portray via my novels.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Yuwanda Black online


Videos

My Life as an American Writer Living in Jamaica: An Inside Peek
Mud Massage: Mineral Springs, St. Thomas, Jamaica. Learn more about this trip in the "Living in Jamaica" series on InkwellEditorial.com.

Books

Trapped by Desire
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 22,410. Language: English. Published: April 12, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
Casual, 'to go' sex, as her friend Angelika had put it, definitely wasn't Karen's style. But two mojitos and one sangria later and she'd given in to the passion Kamar had awakened in her. "What have I done?" she chastised her reflection. Could the chemistry she and the handsome Kamar shared in bed translate into a successful relationship out of bed? Or would she face heartbreak all over again?

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