I have always kept journals. I began turning those journals into chapters almost five years ago. Just last year I was given the opportunity and less than two months later I was able to complete the work.
How did you develop the idea into a full length story?
The story is my life so living it made it really easy to turn it into a book. Utilizing an outline and making the decision on the order it would go on would probably be the most difficult.
Do you use an outline or do you let your story unfold naturally?
I always start with an outline because I want to be sure the topics that I want to touch on don’t get lost.
How many hours a week do you devote to writing, including research?
I write every day; on 15 minute breaks at work, 1 hour lunches. Sometimes as soon as I walk in the house. Driving in my car something may come to me and I have to record on my phone while I’m driving. Same when I’m asleep. A lot of ideas come to me while I am asleep and I will wake up to write. I never really paid attention to the time.
How do you keep a balance between family, work, and writing?
Keep it simple… Work is work. When it’s over I leave it there and I don’t take it home. Family and writing just flows. It’s almost natural now when my three loves ask me if I wrote in any of my books yet. They understand the process and the work ethic.
Have you ever experienced writers block, and if so, how did you deal with it so that you could begin to write again?
I have. In the mist of me writing my first book, I couldn’t think. I didn’t know where to go and it was because I was still hurting behind some of the things I was writing about. I had to stop, call friends that prayed with me, and shut myself in my closet asking God to finish this for me; to guide my pen and paper and he did it! Won’t he do it?
Are you working on new material? If so, tell us about what you are currently working on and when we can expect to see it on the market.?
I am working on what I call a testimonal workbook that I want in all churches for Sunday School.
Getting a book published is the start. To have a long career as a full time writer, you need to move your books. Tell us about 2-3 effective ways you have found to get the word out about your book.
1. Book release event, sold presale tickets
2. Social media, mainly FB
3. So far radio interviews.
How can others reach you?
What last words of encouragement would you like to leave with our listeners?
Change your thought process change your life!
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