About Chasity Strawder:
Chasity is a native of Crossett, Arkansas, but has been a resident of the Midwest for about fourteen years. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in elementary education from Oklahoma City University in the fall of 1999, she moved to Michigan and began her teaching career. She was an employee of the Ann Arbor Public Schools for seven years where she taught 3rd and 5th grades, respectively. In 2006, Chasity met and married her husband, Terrence. She is the proud mother of two boys, Donovan and Joshua.
Chasity knew that there was a purpose and higher calling to her life that surpassed being a classroom teacher. After prayerful consideration, she resigned from her career as a teacher in May of 2007. The following six years have been spent in dedicating her time to her family and seeking God concerning further direction for her life.
Chasity returned to school in the summer of 2013 to complete a master’s program in Educational Leadership. She recently graduated in May of 2014 and plans to pursue a career in school administration.
Chasity is also the author of a new book entitled “Broken for the Promise” that chronicles a difficult journey after discovering that she was pregnant with her second son, Joshua. The message conveyed to readers is one of hope and healing as there is restoration after complete devastation.
What inspires you to write?
My life experiences inspire me to write. I have overcome a lot over the years, and I endeavor to encourage others through sharing stories of conquering my trials/tribulations.
Tell us about your writing process.
I basically just set aside time to journal about my life. I always try to keep empty notebooks around. It also helps to have a quiet environment at home as well as going to other serene places like a park or a beach.
What advice would you give other writers?
I would tell other writers to not procrastinate in starting and finishing a book. Always keep in mind that you have an assignment to reach people in your lifetime. Let that be your focus, and you will never fail at what you do.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
My book was published through someone whom I met over social media. She is a fabulous person and has been in the business for many years. She also designed my cover. I would advise exploring self-publishing and/or hiring a professional publisher. However, if you self-publish, please invest in hiring an experienced editor for your book. A lot of grammatical errors could cost you in sales.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Honestly, I think that more people will self-publish rather than hiring a professional publisher to do it.The costs involved can be pretty outrageous. I was blessed to find someone who did quality, affordable work.
What do you use?: Professional Cover Designer, Professional Editor
What genres do you write?: Nonfiction
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print