By day, Mindy pretends to be a technology executive for an enterprise software vendor when she would rather be writing. She spends her free time consuming large amounts of coffee, traveling and doing a bit of volunteer work. She is an exercise enthusiast, loves both indoor and outdoor activities, and devotes an unhealthy amount of time spoiling Zoey and Samson, her rescue dog and cat. She lives with her husband, Kevin, and two step daughters, Anna and Melissa.
What inspires you to write?
Friends and family, the humor associated with my propensity for worry and my husband’s use of humor in battling a chronic illness. The folks (and their crazy antics) are the foundation for “Mindy’s Musings”.
My husband was diagnosed with MS in 2004, at 38 years old. He is nothing short of amazing – staying positive every day with a focus on what he CAN do versus what MS has taken away. He is a brilliant role model for our kids and people with challenges of ANY kind, big or small. I’ve ready so many accounts of marriages and families that fall apart when chronic illness hits – we are just the opposite.
Once an avid cyclist, he lost his balance and could no longer mountain bike or road bike. So we got a recumbent three wheel, and he can still out pedal me in spite of chronic pain, numbness and spasms. Less time hiking and biking could have been devastating, but he filled the time in the kitchen and is an incredible cook and bread baker (uh, yeah, his homemade baguettes don’t suck!)
Anyway, we’ve been married for 9 years, and I love him, my step kids and my neurotic animals more now than ever. We are living proof that laughter and love can overcome just about anything.
I realized we had some pretty funny stories, like most families do, that could potentially brighten someone’s day or help them learn not to take themselves so seriously. So I wrote them down.
I started with a blog then quickly found I had enough fodder for a book. I channeled my husband’s attitude and determination and voila – “Mindy’s Musings” was born.
Tell us about your writing process.
I finished “Mindy’s Musing”s in just under a year. My process was to write a blog and post frequently. Unwittingly, these posts became the very first “chapters” in “Mindy’s Musings”.
I kept my laptop and or a notebook on hand at all times so that, when the inspiration struck, I could get down my thoughts straight away. I have a busy career in technology (my day job) so I frequently wrote on overseas flights and also between midnight and 2am!
It was very typical for me to block a half day on weekends and sequester myself in my office to write. Once I felt I had enough for my first short book (Volume II is in the works and will be much longer), I researched publishing options and settled on self-publishing.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
What advice would you give other writers?
Don’t take yourself too seriously. Write from your heart first, then organize, edit and publish. Above all, be patient! It is difficult to get noticed in the ever growing pool of authors vying for success. Leverage social media, the plethora of author tools available to you and your network of family and friends.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I chose to self-publish to maintain control over the process and distribution of my book. There are so many tools and resources available to authors today that it simply made sense.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I believe we’ll see more and more authors turning to self-publishing. With the transition from hard copy books to ebooks, technology will prevail. However, it’s my hope that libraries and bookstores continue to thrive. There is no experience like curling up with a good book amidst shelves of wonderful works and adventures put on paper by authors around the world.
What genres do you write?
non-fiction, humor, comedy, fiction
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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