interviewed on Oct 7, 2018
Q. How would you describe yourself?
I'm ambitious and determined. I like to make things happen. I have a can-do attitude and am a fast learner.
Q. Tell us something about the books that you have written and the story behind them.
The first publication was an obsession, I would always carry a pen and paper to write down poems anywhere and everywhere.
The second publication was in quite a mixed up and confused state of mind, and this is reflected in its structure.
The third was a compilation of events and work experiences throughout my 10years in the events industry.
Q. What place does writing hold in your life, how has been your writing journey so far?
So I've journaled since being a teenager, which I found so very therapeutic. Then during university studies, I discovered poetry as a great emotional release. Writing is so satisfying to me, and I find it so meaningful. As a form of self-expression, intellectual expression and therapeutic it helps me compose and decipher my thoughts. I find my mind is quite active and sometimes I just don't have the opportunity to talk about what I want to say, so I write it down and or publish it online.
Q. What is your writing process, a typical writing day routine?
First comes inspiration. If I'm not in the mood to write, I don't do it. When I have been inspired to write, I will use one of my many large notebooks to draft ideas. My books have had various methods used to be written. The book I'm currently working on I have brainstormed ideas, defined it's focus and have written the contents page. I have also begun drafting one of the chapters. I don't really have a typical routine. I write often and a lot late in the afternoon or early evening. I also research at that time.
Q. What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Selling in person. I sold copies at my book launch for 'Symptomatic Addict'. I have also approached bookstores to have my books on their shelves. I have not sold many copies online.
Q. What do you think makes a book sell, or makes a reader buy it?
The content, it's visibility and the appeal to the reader. If the book appeals to the reader's interests or has something to offer them.
Q. What's the most moving or affecting thing a reader has said to you?
I loved it1
Q. What are your favourite three books, and why?
Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield - because it has great ideas well presented.
You Are Psychic by Pete A Saunders - because it has so much information for my research.
The Crystal Bible by Judy Hall - I love crystals and it's great to identify and learn about crystals
Q. Who are your favourite three authors and what do you like the most about them?
See above. I love them because I love what they write about and the way they write it!
Q. Tell us about the books that you are currently writing and their progress.
Currently, I am working on Book 4 and Book 5. For Book 4 I have brainstormed the ideas several times, and finally composed a contents page, to give the book structure and an outline of what I will write about. It has 7 chapters and I foresee it taking me another 2 years to write.
Book 5 is an ongoing project about my Husband, his life, his background and his family. I am researching for this book and will be conducting interviews for it later this month. This will take me over 5 years to complete and requires a planned trip to Ghana, West Africa, to conduct further interviews.
Q. What challenges do you think are faced by writers, what's the worst thing about the book industry according to you?
Feeling invisible. Feeling like you're a nobody. Feeling like you won't make any money. It's quite discouraging.
Q. Apart from writing, what goals do you want to achieve in life?
Buy a house.
Q. What message do you want to share with budding writers?
Do what you love. Don't let anything stop you!