About Nellie Cake:
Lowell Hawthorne-Elementary and High School
Beech Grove, Indianapolis, Indiana
(I left in fourth grade, but went back for a G.E.D.)
Southeastern Christian College
(Didn't get a degree because I was pregnant two times)
Clark County, Winchester, Kentucky
Trained Denny's managers-35 years-Side jobs were training cooks at
Casa Lapita, Grasantis, Cruise Inn, Galley, Stone Crabb, Marios, and Olive
Orange County, Orlando, Florida
Narcissist, abusive marriages and relationships, M.R.S.A. and a 1,6000 pound building fell on me ending any future work. Opportunity to fine tune my book/s. I just turned 63 at 11;59 on New Year's Eve. I'm from Indianapolis, Indiana, but was raised in the Appalachia mountains of Kentucky.
What inspires you to write?
Since the age of nine after that man shot my two friends when I was nine, I started carrying a pencil or pen and something to write on. Even through homelessness, hitching in snow for many years looking for my kids, in prisons and jails, through the brutal beatings and rapes I carried writing material. Fake stories, fantasy, thrillers, romance, and porn sells good. If you have imagination and talent, go for those genders. Myself, I've never seen anything, but reality so making up romance or children's books that lie to them isn't my thing. If you have imagination and haven't destroyed by the reality called life, you will make money. Writing about real things that happened in someone's life, autobiographies don't make money. Don't let nasty reviewers depress you, they do it for money or rewards, but take what you learn from their review and make your book better. I love typing and writing. My last daughter has read most all the huge books with no pictures because I brain washed her while she was growing up by telling her she can escape in the big books. I didn't know about paragraph structure, sentences, punctuation, and formatting because I left school and home in fourth. Then I met my room-mate I have now who taught all this to me. My family knocked me down on first try. They put bad reviews on me and constantly threatened to sue me so I changed my game plan to using the nick name dad always called me, "Nellie Cake." This will make my family mad because I'm grandma's only name sake and the only sister left of my three remaining brothers and Nellie was grandma's name. They can't stop this because my middle name is "Nellie."
Tell us about your writing process.
These days considering the computer age and it's constant advancing I keep word pad minimized and write when something important needs to be entered. While living on the streets, highways and prisons, I kept a pencil or pen and paper. All my life I've been carrying something to write with and on. It started off wanting to tell about my two little girl friends who were shot. Then I wanted to tell on all the family and strangers who beat and raped my sisters and me and tell on everyone who stole my children. The only book I've ever read is the Bible.
What advice would you give other writers?
Be prepared to have a huge bank account to pay publishers and editors or work your butt off finding sites like these. Use bad reviews to improve your work instead letting it frustrate you. If your a poor author you will have to do the leg or cyber work for a lot of years, so to speak. Like most humans I thought Amazon was going to make me famous and rich. Most things I write end on my site if it doesn't have anything to do with family. Family threatens to sue me all the time for writing truth. I use naked women in my site to get my point across about narcissist and abuse. There is a difference between a narcissist and a violent abusive person. I use face-book, Twitter and all social networks to connect with people, but perverts posting their penis has taken over the cyber world. My website is the best.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
The movie, "Deliverance" freaked me out and made a lasting sickening impression. That boy wasn't really playing that banjo. Hillbillies are like that and it is like that in mountains many years ago, but movies and books exaggerate and make fun of us. I'm in an inbred hillbilly if you haven't guessed. I had a sick family who alienated me over and over and have now alienated me again for exposing the nasty dirt in our family. Most of which they didn't know about till I wrote it. I was getting upset to read online in a lot of books, movies, websites, and articles that inbred hillbillies are blue, deformed and have horrid defects. I want to debunk the stereotyping of hillbillies, homelessness, exotic strip dancers, cock fighters, inmates, and victims of rape and abuse. I'm not blue and have no defects. I do like to be bare foot and I wash my overalls to be clean, not to impress city folk. Hillbillies on my side of the holler do make moonshine, grow weed and don't road kill lesson it's soft. My dad, being a preacher held a double barrel and married me to an abusive man. The book, "Hillbilly Elegy," again people who are not an inbred hillbilly writing about us. I'm very honored to have so many interested in inbred hillbillies.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
It's getting better for us poor authors.
What genres do you write?: Non-fiction, True Crimes, Criminals and Outlaws, Autobiography
What formats are your books in?: eBook
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