About Deanna Kahler:
Award-winning author Deanna Kahler is a proud mom and an accomplished writer. She began writing as a young child and enjoys the opportunity to reach others and make a difference in their lives.
“Sara’s Soul” is her fourth book. It was designed as a follow-up novel to “Echoes of Paradise,” a paranormal love story about the afterlife. Two of her books have been honored with awards. “From Pain to Parenthood” was named a finalist in the 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards in the Parenting/Family category and “Echoes of Paradise” was a finalist in the 2014 Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards in the Fiction/Paranormal category.
Deanna holds a bachelor’s degree in communication arts from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, where she graduated with departmental honors. She lives with her husband and daughter in a Metro Detroit suburb and enjoys writing, dancing, walking, and visiting parks in her spare time.
What inspires you to write?
I’ve always loved writing, but what inspires me the most is being able to reach people and touch lives. Everything I write has some sort of personal challenge or crisis that must be overcome. My ultimate goal is to inspire people and provide hope.
Tell us about your writing process.
I do a lot of writing in my head before I even sit down at the computer. Some of my best ideas have come while in bed or in the shower. During those quiet moments of solitude, my creative mind takes over and begins developing the story. I’ve never used outlines, character sketches or software to brainstorm ideas—and I never intend to. I prefer to let my own imagination lead the way.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I don’t listen to or talk to my characters. However, I do rely on my intuition and inner voice to guide me. Many times, it seems my inspiration comes from somewhere outside myself—like an unseen force is helping me along. During those moments, the ideas really seem to flow and it is amazing how effortless writing becomes.
What advice would you give other writers?
My best advice is to just write. I say this all the time, but it’s the key to being a successful writer. Don’t wait until you think you have a great idea to write something. Instead, write about anything and everything you can. Keep a journal, start a blog, try your hand at poetry. And, certainly don’t worry about being perfect or getting your grammar and spelling right the first time! Creativity is a process that is best expressed without censorship or pressure.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I chose to self-publish because I loved being able to have creative control over my work and also bring a book to market quickly. I would recommend new authors do a lot of research before deciding which publishing route they would like to follow. Every person is different, so what may be a great fit for one author can be totally wrong for another.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I’m excited about the future of book publishing. There are so many resources available to authors and so many ways to reach readers. I see publishing continuing to grow
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?: Fiction/Paranormal Romance, Visionary/Metaphysical Fiction, Non-Fiction/Memoir and Fiction/Children’s Books
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print