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 I have since unpublished that little booklet as I have another plan for it.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.