Question #1: What made you want to become an author?
I enjoy sharing from my heart. Based on personal experiences, I write to share my insight and offer ways for others to find peace and happiness. When a reader tells me that my writing has inspired them or has given them a reason for hope, I am encouraged to keep on writing. For me, writing is a lot of things, but mostly it is a time of deep reflection. I appreciate that I can write whatever comes to my mind when my fingers hit a keyboard.
Question #2: What genre of books do you write?
I write non-fiction. My first book, Just Another Girl’s Story, A Memoir on Finding Redemption is an autobiography/memoir. I am currently working on a “how-to” book and co-writing another memoir with my husband about mission trip experiences.
Question #3: How long have you been writing books?
I am a new author, just over two years.
Question #4: Are you self-published or traditionally published? And tell us why you chose either.
I self-published my first book. I choose this path because patience is not one of my strongest qualities. I did not want to wait for a publisher to make a decision about my writing. Nor did I want to relinquish control of the design (interior and exterior). When I was done writing my memoir, I wanted to get it in the hands of readers right away. It has been a lot of work; however, it has been rewarding in many ways. I appreciate having 100% control of my book.
Question #5: What’s the best tip you can give to a new author?
Even if you work full-time, make writing an everyday habit. The more you write and edit, the better you will become. I also recommend reading the genre you write. I’ve read dozens of memoirs and many of them helped me formulate the structure of my first book.
Question #6: What’s your writing routine like?
I write best in the wee hours of the morning. On the weekends, I get up at 3:30’ish to write. My computer is next to a window and unless it is freezing cold outside (I live in Wisconsin), I typically have the window wide open. I like the outside noise of an occasional bicyclist or runner and the cool or warm breeze on my face.
Question #7: What do you hope readers take away after reading one of your books?
I hope my readers take away a message of forgiveness and redemption. I hope they find that no matter what mistakes we make; we don’t have to be defined by them. We get to choose whether we let our past weigh us down, or if we learn from our bad experiences. The path to peace isn’t always easy; however, neither is living a self-destructive life.
Bonus Question: Why should a reader want to read your book?
A reader should read my book because it is an honest story that most folks will relate to. Even if a reader didn’t make the same mistakes, I did in my teenage years; they certainly have made others. I offer the concept of moving on from a messed up past. It is possible and necessary to live a happier life. I did it, and I hope my story helps others reach a more peaceful life too.