Living the trifecta involves a daily routine of meditation, affirmations, visualization, journaling, and personal growth reading. That, combined with healthy eating and exercise, has gone a long way to sustaining my positive outlook on life; an outlook I share through workshops, lectures, and my website: www.itakesuccess.com
I live on the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland with my husband and two children.
What inspires you to write?
I love to help people! There is so much information available to people that it often seems overwhelming and conflicting. I enjoy sorting through that information, experiencing what works for me and WHY, and then presenting that information in a concise and easy to follow format so that others may benefit from what I’ve learned.
Tell us about your writing process.
I’m a note taker. I read a lot and take lots of notes – the old fashioned way: index cards! Information from the web (websites, articles, blogs) goes into Evernote. I usually don’t create a formal outline, but a list of things to cover in the book gets created in Evernote. Then I just write by the seat of my pants!
I find that I am a “think it through” writer; I don’t often just type for hours and then go back to edit. I edit as I go to find the right word or phrase. Don’t get me wrong – I do go back to edit as the work progresses! My first draft is usually passable – the polish comes in the editing. Setting the work aside for a few weeks and then coming back to edit yields great polish, as I’m less attached to the words by then.
What advice would you give other writers?
Just write! If you want to publish, try self-publishing a short work on an e-reader. Try not to be a perfectionist, because the work will never be perfect: that’s why there are 2nd (and 3rd, and 4th…) editions!
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I went with self-publishing because of the ability to publish within hours of finishing the work. My very first Kindle book was published under a pen name so I could see how the process worked. It’s simple, and there are plenty of groups and websites to help you navigate the process. It’s also easy to create a print version of your book too. The downside is promotion and marketing are up to you, the upside is instant gratification!
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think that print versions of books will be around for a while, but there is no denying that ereaders are having an impact on the book industry. I personally prefer print books for anything I may want to annotate (usually personal growth books), but have been moving to ereader versions of fiction and other pleasure reads.
What genres do you write?
Self-help, personal growth, health, fitness
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print