Author Interview: Glenda Shaw

Question #1: What made you want to become an author?
I always loved reading, writing, and learning, and over the years I have been encouraged to write by many friends. A couple of months before I retired, this past June, I wrote a very short booklet to answer some of the questions about the industry that I had spent the last decade in. I have since unpublished that little booklet as I have another plan for it. My second book came from notes I made as I wrote letters to my granddaughter to help give her deal with some of the life challenges she was facing.

Question #2: What genre of books do you write?
So far I have the one nonfiction book published, but I am working on a children’s book that I hope to have ready for a fall launch. I have also started working on my memoir. I have some interesting and entertaining things to share, especially the miracles that I feel should be shared.

Question #3: How long have you been writing books?
Since grammar school, but my family laughed because I was a terrible speller! Who knew that spell check, and Grammarly and other programs would come along and change our history!

Question #4: Are you self-published or traditionally published? And tell us why you chose either.
Self-published and I am so glad that I took the plunge.

Question #5: What’s the best tip you can give to a new author?
Learn about marketing and launching before you publish! Joann Penn has some great information to help anyone starting out.

Question #6: What’s your writing routine like?
I try to write 1000 words or more in the mornings, then I try to promote for an hour or two. My office is an enclosed porch with plenty of natural light and beautiful views.

Question #7: What do you hope readers take away after reading one of your books?
I would like to think that the readers of my books would feel empowered to overcome something, be it lack of knowledge or the ability to realize that if life gives you lemons, you can cry or you can get on board and build a lemon aid stand!

Bonus Question: Why should a reader want to read your book?
To gain knowledge, encouragement, to grow in skills and become a more confident person. My book is not fluff, it is written to help therefore it is not entertaining.

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Author Interview: Frances A. Garcia

Question #1: What made you want to become an author?
I have always admired the skill of storytelling, even by listening to my grandfather talk about his life. His humor and skill held me spellbound. I want to influence my readers in that way. I want to teach my readers to follow their journey in life with goodness and a fulfilling life.

Question #2: What genre of books do you write?
My initiation into self-publishing is nonfiction, but I am in the process of collecting my short stories (fiction of course) into an e-book anthology.

Question #3: How long have you been writing books?
I focus on the life of those who are catholic, and those who are interested in the issues that people who are catholic face. However, now that I am retired from my full time job, I will concentrate my efforts to self-publishing many fiction and nonfiction books. For now I have the nonfiction, Self-Discipline for the Young Catholic, which centers on sexual issues for young people. I am also in the process of writing a mainstream novel, which is forthcoming.

Question #4: Are you self-published or traditionally published? And tell us why you chose either.
I self-published my book because I am 68 years old and do not have the luxury of time to publish the traditional way. I would like to bring as many stories and issues I can to my readers, and I feel that I would not accomplish my goals if I published traditionally.

Question #5: What’s the best tip you can give to a new author?
Market your book first, before you publish! This I have learned from delving into the many accessible videos and opportunities that Author Marketing Club offers. It is not easier to self-publish, just as it is not easier to publish traditionally. However, it will smooth the way for any authors who wants to publish their work.

Question #6: What’s your writing routine like?
A writer needs to practice and work every day. The amount of time devoted to this skill is not as important as doing it consistently. I do not have a set schedule, and when I do find time to sit at my desk, I discover sometimes I run into a block. This is annoying and disrupting, so I recommend to those planning on going into this profession to plan your minutes, hours, days, weeks, months and years. There must be a blueprint for your writing career. Currently I am working on a new plan for myself to establish the consistency in writing at least 1,500 words per day.

Question #7: What do you hope readers take away after reading one of your books?
I hope that my readers will take with them some pleasure and knowledge about the topics I write. Humor is very important, but so is learning.

Bonus Question: Why should a reader want to read your book?
Here in the U.S. life is good. We watch the news on TV and movies at the cinema, but do we read? There has been loss in setting aside time to read. My book is short and sweet! It covers the issue of sexuality in the Catholic Church in about 20 pages. It is a guide for young people and especially for parents, but it can fit any family of diverse faith and culture. I hope my readers will enjoy reading the e-book as much as I enjoyed writing it.

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R.F. Kristi Author Interview

rQuestion #1: What made you want to become an author?
The intelligence and allure of cats has always enchanted me. Writing the Inca Cat Series arose out of the blue. I had never dreamed of writing stories for children. I never read romantic novels, science fiction nor fantasy stories. Detective stories on the other hand have me hooked. I am rather nostalgic and like a more ordered world. From watching and interacting with both my cats, Inca and Cara, the Inca Cat Series was born. Loving a good mystery, when I started writing about the cat adventures, the ideas started flowing.

Question #2: What genre of books do you write?
I write children’s books. The idea for the Inca Cat Series came to me, rather from living and observation – and the details in a strange way, from reading rather than from living or observation. “The Cats Who Crossed Over From Paris” is the first in this series and the “Christmas Cats” followed. The third “Cats in Provence” is currently bubbling. I don’t think we choose our genre, I think that a genre chooses us or should I say, Inca and Cara made the choice inevitable.

Question #3: How long have you been writing books?
My specialty in writing, due to my work with International Organizations concentrated on reports and research studies of a technical nature. A world much removed from the milieu of children’s books. I started writing the Inca Cats Stories six months ago, as a fun way to pass the time. It has now become a passion, something that I enjoy very much.

Question #4: Are you self-published or traditionally published? And tell us why you chose either.
Once I finished two books in the Inca Cat Series in my spare time, and having shared them with family and friends who had kids who seemed to enjoy them, even the adults, I started thinking seriously about publishing. From researching the book publishing industry intensively, I found out that it was almost impossible for an unknown author to be accepted by a traditional book publisher, hence I decided to try self-publishing.

Question #5: What’s the best tip you can give to a new author?
In a nutshell, here is my advice to new authors about to embark on the journey of self-publishing:
Decide on your self-publishing agent even before you decide to start writing or while you are writing and definitely prior to hiring an illustrator;

Contact the chosen self-publishing sources and ask them to provide you with the exact specifications for the book. This information may be available on their respective sites. But there is a ream of information available and sometimes for an unfamiliar reader so much technical jargon would be more of a hindrance than help. Hence it is best to contact the self-publishing source either by telephone or email and ask specific questions about their requirements;

Above all, give some thought to your marketing strategy and work with a specialist while writing the book.
Think the entire writing project through: Technical requirements for the script and illustrations, if you are planning on including illustrations; marketing strategy and distribution strategy.

Question #6: What’s your writing routine like?
I like to write mostly during the early morning when all is quiet. However, I have found that once I get into the story and an idea germinates, it is difficult to stop the writing process. So, I would say, in my case, it is difficult to stick to a strict routine.

Question #7: What do you hope readers take away after reading one of your books?
As an animal lover, if I have convinced one more child or adult to understand and love animals, and enjoy their company – that would be sufficient for me.

Bonus Question: Why should a reader want to read your book?
If you wish to have a fun read and discover the intelligence of animals, more about cats, and some French culture, this is the book to introduce to young children and enjoy yourself.

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Author Interview: Regina Tittel

reginatittelQuestion #1: What made you want to become an author?
I’ve always loved to tell stories and books give me a captive audience. Not only that, but I had asked God for another job and this is what He gave me. Therefore, my books aren’t just to tell a story but to extend Biblical messages.

Question #2: What genre of books do you write?
Inspirational Romance–historical, suspense, and contemporary. I started with suspense, I’ve written a few historicals with my critique partners then ventured into contemporaries to capture romances in marriages. By far, suspense is my favorite! I get as excited writing suspenseful scenes as I do when reading them.

Question #3: How long have you been writing books?
Since 2008.

Question #4: Are you self-published or traditionally published? And tell us why you chose either.
Self-Published. I like having full control of my content and covers. Also, I don’t handle stress well. So while homeschooling my children, I figured I could focus better on my job as a teacher if I didn’t have deadlines looming over me.

Question #5: What’s the best tip you can give to a new author?
1. Join a critique group. 2. Never pay a publisher. Everything a vanity press offers you, you can do yourself. 3. Never give up.

Question #6: What’s your writing routine like?
I write between 6:30 and 8:00 am before the household is awake. I’m terrible at sticking to a schedule, but ideally, I would like to write 1000 words a day.

Question #7: What do you hope readers take away after reading one of your books?
Spiritual growth. I hope they see past the story and consider the message and how it might apply to their lives or the lives of others.

Bonus Question: Why should a reader want to read your book?
Because it’s guilt free. They’re not just stories, they’re stories from which you can grow!

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Author Interview: Cary Allen Stone

Question #1: What made you want to become an author?
I read a lot of great authors and always wanted to write like them. However, getting a career started didn’t allow for the time to devote to writing. My friends growing up were mobbed-up guys. I learned a lot about them and how they operated, how they thought. I also spent nearly forty years flying and saw wondrous things. I began writing on layovers. I was hired to fly Ridley Scott in the Caribbean on a location scout. He mentored me about my writing and his guidance was priceless. I made some friends in Hollywood and learned about filmmaking. I wrote a case study, true crime, about a mother who murdered her six-year-old son. I sat with her in the cell eight hours a day. The wiseguys, the travel, the filmmakers and the true story were uniquely beneficial to writing crime and adventure fiction for me.

Question #2: What genre of books do you write?
Crime fiction and psychological thrillers, one true crime because I don’t know how to write Game of Thrones books.

Question #3: How long have you been writing books?
For over twenty years, I’ve written several screenplays and manuscripts, but I’ve never written a book. I leave the making of the book to the publisher.

Question #4: Are you self-published or traditionally published? And tell us why you chose either.
Self-published. Unless you’re a legacy author, starting out as a new author with a traditional publisher is a disappointment.

Question #5: What’s the best tip you can give to a new author?
Be certain you know what you are in for. Talk to self-published authors about what ALL you have to do as an author. You are not just an author telling your life story. You are a one man show from thought to marketing.

Question #6: What’s your writing routine like?
I think of a title. I think of a first line and the last. I think about what will get me from the first line to the last. Once I’m happy with the journey, I sit down to put those thoughts on the pages. The plot twists arrive and the fun begins. You find a way to bring it back from the plot twists and back into the framework. Works for me.

Question #7: What do you hope readers take away after reading one of your books?
I want everyone who reads one or more of my books to walk away emotionally attached to at least one character.

Bonus Question: Why should a reader want to read your book?
I’ll let a recent reviewer answer that:
“Being able to draw feelings from a reader, no matter what they may be, to me is the sign of a well-written book. The connections between the characters are vivid, and there is a particular part of the book that has you feeling their feelings along with them.
The plot was fast paced, and constantly moving forward. If you could bring yourself to put it down, it’s not long before you have to get back to it because it’s playing on your mind.” ––Sallyann P., 2016

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