Thank you so much for agreeing to do an interview with me. I have read your christian book and love it. It is written for readers of all ages.
What are you working on now?
I am primarily a bible study writer. In 2018 I plan to put out two more studies. One will cover the parables of Jesus Christ while the other will take an in depth look at the letters to the seven churches in the book of Revelation.
What are common traps for an aspiring writer?
Trying to be too much like someone you’re not. Just because you like the style of another author does not mean that style best fits you. Just be yourself. Write from your heart and you will find your uniqueness to be refreshing to the reader.
Another trap is self-doubt. It is common during your writing to want to give up because you feel no one will want to read it. If you feel a string calling to write – do it!
What is the first book that made you cry?
Honestly I cannot remember, but in my later years, a book by Tony Dungy titled, “Quiet Strength,” was a huge inspiration to me. It made me cry in the sense that it drove me to prayer because I realized it was indeed possible to let your light shine even in the most secular atmospheres.
What other authors are you friends with, and do they help you become a better writer? If so, how?
While I do not know other authors on a very personal level, I have become a better writer because of the works of Dr. James Dobson, Jon Acuff, and Max Lucado.
What are the most important magazines for writers to subscribe to?
I suggest “Authors Publish Magazine”.
What does literary success look like to you?
Obviously, a large number of book sales would undoubtedly equal success. But as a new and relatively unknown author, I realize I cannot compare myself to a NY Times best seller. Success also comes to the satisfaction of knowing you have touched a few lives (that could means hundreds or thousands) and inspired others to want to write as well.
What’s the best way to market your books?
In this current age you must take advantage of all the free social media available. Market your book on all of your accounts. Create pages and/or websites.
FB pages allows you to pay minimal prices to “boost” your posts to reach an audience which you have to power to select the demographics.
Also, be very creative and innovative.
Send your book to various media outlets, celebrities, leaders, etc that make a living from featuring guest authors on their shows or people with great influence who can give a “plug” of your book to their thousands or millions of followers.
Above that, check with your publisher. They will usually have many different methods of marketing for an additional cost to you, but the possibility of reaching thousands of book readers and book sellers may be well worth the price of marketing.
Do you Google yourself?
Any author who says they’ve never googled themselves is not being honest.
No, we shouldn’t have an obsession with ourselves, but we should keep up with our reviews and sales – whether they be negative or positive.
Do you believe in writer’s block?
Absolutely I do. Writing is easy, but writing in the form of an informative, entertaining, and interesting style takes a lot of time and work. As in anything else, practice and study makes you so much better.
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