Marquita Herald is a personal growth specialist, the creator of the award winning personal development blog IGG – Tips, Tools & Tantalizing Ideas, and the author of 5 books on the art of living life by design.
Her professional background includes a successful 20 year career in global sales and marketing in the travel industry, followed by a decade as a life and small business coach.
Marquita writes to motivate readers to reach a little beyond what’s comfortable to achieve goals that matter … refuse to accept simply “getting along” in life out of fear or limiting beliefs … and to understand they have the power to choose happiness, each and every day.
What inspires you to write?
I love inspiring people to stretch beyond what’s comfortable. There is nothing that chokes me up faster than to hear from a reader who has been motivated to challenge themselves to do or be more in life because of something they read in my blog or in one of my books.
Tell us about your writing process.
I’m a very cerebral writer, and often I will draft entire articles or chapters in my head before I ever sit down to my computer. In fact, if I’m having a problem working something out, I will spend some focused time thinking about it just before dropping off to sleep at night and, more often than not, when I wake up in the morning it all seems to have worked itself out.
I also prefer to write without external noise or distractions, so once I do start writing I often lose track of time; fortunately my little dog Lucy periodically drags me back into reality for food and trips outside for some fresh air!
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
What advice would you give other writers?
It’s more important than ever for authors to learn how to think beyond their craft. Regardless of how your book was published, all but the most elite authors recognize the need to take charge of marketing their own brand identity in today’s marketplace. One of my favorite quotes is from bestselling author Barry Eisler and it makes this point so well, “All writers think of what they do as an art. Smart writers understand writing is also a business. Really smart writers also see themselves as entrepreneurs.”
How did you decide how to publish your books?
There was never any question I would self-publish. I love the flexibility and opportunity to learn and grow on my own terms.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think the industry is reinventing itself and is likely to undergo many more changes before we have a clear picture of what the long term future holds.
What do you use?
What genres do you write?
Non-fiction, personal transformation
What formats are your books in?