Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Hello. My name is Dr. LaRonda Starling, and I have a private practice in Texas providing psychological services. Be Still: Spiritual Self-Care for Mental Health Professionals is the first book that I have written and published.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The book is titled Be Still: Spiritual Self-Care for Mental Health Professionals. Years ago, I started seeing these signs from God about being still. I started making notes here and there as I thought about what it meant. Those notes where the start of the book.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I do not have any that I am aware of , but now I’ll be sure to pay more attention. I’ll keep you posted.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I have many favorite authors, but at the top are Maya Angelou and Janet Evanovich.
What are you working on now?
I’m not writing anything else at the time. I’m going back to my day job.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I have not found out which method is the best yet, since this is my first book. However, I am using social media accounts (Instagram, Pinterest, and Linkedin) to advertise as well as some ebook promotion sites and book sites such as Goodreads.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
I would say write what you know…what you are passionate about. Have fun and enjoy every part of the writing and publishing process, and then celebrate.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
The best writing advise I have heard is from a quote by Jean Paul. It is “Never write on a subject until you have read yourself full of it.”
What are you reading now?
I am not reading a book right now because I am working on my book launch. But I do want to get caught up on my Stephanie Plum reading, so the next book I’ll be reading in October is Janet Evanovich’s Turbo Twenty-Three.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I enjoyed writing Be Still so much that I had not really thought of anything to write next. However, I can definitely see more book writing in my future.
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 think I would bring four books since I’m not sure how long I’ll be stranded. I would bring:
Gideon: Your Weakness. God’s Strength by Priscilla Shirer
Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
The only one on the list I have never read is War and Peace, but I have heard good reviews.