Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I am 28 years old, work in youth development for non-profits and have a degree in Animal Science. I started publishing with a vanity press, long before I understood what one was, because it had always been a dream of mine. Since 2014 when I published “PB & J”, I have published another 4 books, including my newest, to be release 23 April 2019.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book is titled, “Celebrate”. It was inspired by a neighbor who mentioned that there are few great options for flower girl and ring bearer gifts when planning a wedding, that a Children’s Book would be a great idea. I will only write & publish a book that teaches life values and morals, so the story explains how weddings work to kids, as well as teaching about the love that weddings are celebrating and why it is important to celebrate love.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I think my most unusual writing habit is to bribe myself when I’m not motivated. I’ll buy my favorite candies and get one piece per page written. Other than that, I would say, I tend to do most of my work at my coffee table, despite the fact that I have an office space 5 feet away!
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I always loved Kevin Henke growing up, but as I got older, I found such inspiration from Dr. Suess. I started collecting Dr. Suess books from thrift store when I was 25. I appreciate that his books were always fun, but they have lessons that lasted and can positively impact people of all ages. That is a great legacy.
What are you working on now?
Right now, I am working on expanding my business. I did have the intent to publish my sixth book this year, and still may, but I need to focus on expanding how I help new authors and how I grow my publishing business to a stronger point of sustainability.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I have leaned really heavily on social media, but as I set to launch my newest book, I am really digging in to sites, like Awesome Gang. What is great about sites like this is that your budget can be supported in many ways. I appreciate that there are Free options and paid options. The other site I really enjoy in Discount Book Man. Again, very supportive of Author budgets.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
You don’t have to do it all perfect to make it happen. I feel like I run across a lot of people who will tell new authors that there is ONE right way to get published and be successful, but that simply isn’t true. Learn as you go, keep trying, and know your why, why did it matter to publish in the first place. It isn’t for the weak of heart, but if you can give it the love and attention required, no matter what your success looks like, it will be worth it.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Just try one more thing.
I was about to stop publishing and my sister told me to just try one more thing and keep trying. And she was right. You never know what one next thing is going to make the difference, and it took me time to find it, but one thing at a time. Just try one more thing.
What are you reading now?
I am reading “Bad Omens” so that I can watch the series coming out with my boyfriend. I am gearing up to read H3 Leadership: Humble, Hungry, Hustle soon.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I am hoping to get a Kickstarter set up this year, crowd fund investors and grow my overall publishing business. So, stay tuned. And if that falls apart, Book #6 will make its way to the bookshelves near you!
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?
Feast of Love (Baxter), No Place Like Here (Ahern), The Last Lecture (Pausch), and Oh, the Thinks you can Think! (Dr. Suess!