Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I am a playwright for a large non-profit in Atlanta. I am currently marketing a screenplay. My first book was released in May.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The Amy Binegar-Kimmes-Lyle Book of Failures was inspired by an entertainment attorney telling me he would not represent me for a screenplay I had completed because I was a no one, knew no one and had no money. He gave me a piece of free advice, “Get on the map and write a book.” Immediately I thought “I have had a lot of failures.” the book was independently published within the year and sits in the top ten of ebooks on Amazon with my heroes, Trevor Noah, Tina Fey and David Sedaris.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
We have a walk-through pantry, To my right, I can see outside. I usually have to door open, so the dogs and I can get some fresh air. To the left are snacks within reach.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Jenny Lawson’s Let’s Pretend it Never Happened gave me the confidence to write a book. We share a wonky background and several conditions or disorders. Her message of “Sometimes I’m not alright, but we are all alright” is empowering.
What are you working on now?
I’m working on a second book called The Failures of my Friends. Many of my friends are authors or bloggers and I will feature their funny failures.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I’ve had some success writing to freelance writers of my favorite magazines, as well as, television and radio show producers and pitching them on why my book should be featured.
Creator Collabs and Social Jukebox are great tools to help expand your social media reach.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Watch all of Dave Chesson’s videos, he’s the guru of understanding all things Amazon.
Invest in yourself, there are millions of books available, set a budget for marketing.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Get the opinion of a content editor but always go with what’s in your heart. It’s your story.
What are you reading now?
I’m reading The After Glimpse by Wendy Paine Miller.
What’s next for you as a writer?
i’d like to write a novel after I finish my next humorous book.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
I know This Much is True by Wally Lamb, Let’s Pretend this Never Happened by Jenny Lawson and East of Eden by John Steinbeck.