About Brittany Ferrell:
Brittany’s first memoir chronicles her long and arduous struggle to become a mother and how she rediscovered lost hope. Her story has been featured in a national women’s magazine, newspapers, and medical publications. Her 5 Star rated book is an Amazon best seller in the category of Motherhood.
Brittany writes about her happily ever after on her blog, “A Mama Tale” and writes about the adventures of parenting for Creative Child Magazine (www.creativechild.com). Brittany has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Education. Brittany has spent the last twelve years teaching elementary school in Las Vegas, Nevada. When Brittany is not writing or teaching, she is cooking delicious meals with her husband, Jerome, and of course, relishing every second of living her dream come true with daughter, Madeline.
What inspires you to write?
I have always loved to write. As a child, I was always scribbling stories in my notebook. Life began getting in the way of my writing as I got older, but I have always kept a journal. I used the journals I have kept to write my first memoir, which chronicles my journey to motherhood. I faced cancer, infertility, and devastating loss along the way. After finally realizing my happy ending, I could not help but to think of how much hope I would have had if I were to have read my exact story at my lowest points. I wrote my book with all of the parents who have struggled like I did in my mind. My sincerest wish is that my story can provide someone else with hope when they truly need it.
Tell us about your writing process.
I write whenever I have free time, which as a mother of a toddler and an elementary school teacher is not very often! Many times I am awoken with words pouring through my brain in the middle of the night, so I tiptoe into my kitchen and power up my laptop while the rest of the house sleeps. I used a software program called Scrivener when I was writing my memoir. It helped me organize my book into chapters and made me “feel like a writer” because I was using something that “real authors” might use.
What advice would you give other writers?
If you have words in your heart and in your mind just aching to be poured onto a page, let them out! Don’t put it off, just start writing. You will find that once you start, you will be unable to stop. Make writing a priority and write a little bit every day…even if it is in the middle of the night like me! Most importantly, believe in yourself. I have learned that my words are never “perfect” and I can edit them a million times and still not reach perfection. However, they are my words, told in my unique voice, so that makes them special and powerful.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I self-published my book as an e-book on Amazon. I did not realize that self-publishing was even a possibility until my best friend encouraged (demanded) that I write my story and get it out into the world. I read numerous books on the topic and that helped make the process much easier. The hard part is marketing yourself after you publish. Putting yourself out there is nerve wracking enough and then you have to “sell” yourself! It is hard!
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think self-publishing is the wave of the future. I also think that e-books are here to stay and although bookstores are my favorite places on earth with their smells and the feel of newly crinkled pages on your fingertips, I think the bookstores of the future will all be virtual.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?: nonfiction, memoir
What formats are your books in?: eBook
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