With writing a series of books, how do you balance the publicity and marketing for one, while going through writing and editing for another project?
All in all, I would have to say that I really had no idea how much work was involved in marketing a new book, or that all of that had to be done while I was working on other things. For me, discipline has been the key. I’ve had to approach my writing responsibilities much like I would any other career—with dedication, commitment, and ingenuity. While there are many things that are outside my control—like sales numbers or book reviews—some things are not. I made a decision, therefore, that while I can’t control sales number, no book of mine would ever fail because I didn’t work hard enough. There may be other authors out there more talented or more creative, but I can’t control that. What I can say is nobody out there is willing to work harder. J
When I have a deadline to meet, I figure out exactly how many words have to be completed every day in order for me to meet my deadline. I don’t allow myself to even go online until after I’ve met that count! Then, once I’ve met my daily word count, I’ll typically spend at least an hour doing marketing/promotional type stuff. That, of course, is after I’ve spent my usual 8 hours at the office where I work. J
Do you have a favorite author that you like to read? What is your favorite book and what is it about that book that speaks to your heart?
I do not have a favorite, although I do have a few that I enjoy reading over and over. Francine Rivers is one who do not believe has ever written a book that I didn’t love. LOL!
Now, I do have a favorite character from a children’s book called No Flying in the House. The character’s name is Annabel Tippens.
Well, you can imagine that for a kid who loved to read, this book was extraordinary. I read it over and over again, and dreamed of the day I would learn to fly. Later, I came to realize that what captured my imagination was not so much the story of a half-fairy princess, but of a little girl struggling to find herself. The sacrifices that Annabel Tippens makes challenged me to acknowledge what was real and important—love, faith, and family.
If you could be any character from another novel, who would it be and why?
Goodness…if I had to narrow it down, I guess I would have to say Cara Hamilton, from No Safe Harbor (Book One in the Edge of Freedom Series). She’s the perfect definition of a true friend—honest, loyal, and caring, and she would do anything for those that she loves. Want to know a secret? I fashioned this character after my four beautiful, loving sisters. J
What would you like readers to gain from reading your books?
There’s a unifying message in all three of the Edge of Freedom books. It’s one that I hope will speak to everyone who reads them, but rather than tell you what it is, I’d like to show you from a line taken from DARK ROAD HOME:
“My dear, braw lad,” Cara whispered, “your faith was never in God. It was the church you followed, and the Fenians, not the Savior.”
More than anything, I hope readers will gain a deeper relationship with the Savior.
Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Writers trying to break into the business often ask me what advice I would give. It’s simply this: if your goal is publication, great! But don’t be so focused on the goal that you forget to enjoy the journey you’re on while reaching it. There are some awesome lessons to be learned along the way, and great friends to be made…all of which you will miss if you attempt a shortcut. Trust God. His timing is always perfect.
You know what…I think that works for non-writers, too. J
Any final words?
Thank you so much for having me on Novel PASTimes! I’ve enjoyed visiting with you and your readers.
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