There is a void in me that can only be filled when I work with children with Autism. I realized a few years ago that my entire purpose for being born was for this cause. Often times, when I say this, the blank stares that I get are priceless! I’m sooooooo glad to say that I have discovered living!
I have dibbled and dabbled into a variety of work settings: schools, private sensory integration clinics, pediatric outpatient, pediatric ICU, and ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) clinics.
I practiced as a special education teacher in a full inclusion classroom, although that model was very ineffective, but I served as their advocate.
That was fun….haha…but very short lived. I moved on to my love and joy of becoming an occupational therapist, where I get to play with children for a living to facilitate independence and/or their optimal performance.
My best hobbies are shopping, good eating, and working with youth. In my spare time, I also serve as the Youth Pastor at my church.
I can’t help it! I love youth!!!
What inspires you to write?
The countless amount of children that are being diagnosed with autism inspire me to scribe. The shattered hearts of caregivers that are desperately searching for answers, inspire me to write, in order to provide hope thorough practical advice. When I reflect on the horror stories of caregivers that have endured inhumane comments by others in the community, this gets me boiling and ready to pen.
Tell us about your writing process.
Ideas flood my mind as soon as I arise early in the morning. It’s these key ideas that lead me to writing my most amazing pieces/works yet. I tend to record all my information on a voice recorder or write it on a sticky note when the inspiration comes.
My writing process is a simple 3 step process.
When I’m ready to write a book, I typically dump all the info in my head onto a sheet of paper first. Afterwards, I take the information and organize it into an outline, and then I write out my book.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
What advice would you give other writers?
Writing requires discipline and at times you have to sacrifice other things that are important to you.
You need an accountability partner. Find you someone that you can check in on a weekly basis to discuss your progress or setbacks. Make sure they understand their role. This is vitally important!
Read good books (NYT best sellers are a good start) and study the layout and design of the book to help with the layout of yours.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I own a self-publishing company, so I typically publish through my own company.
If you are an expert in your field and you need a product to sale, self-publishing may be the route for you. However, if you have a large platform, a traditional publishing company will be more likely to pick up your book for publishing.
Things to consider when searching for a publisher is:
the size of your platform
the goals of your book
the turnaround time needed to produce your book
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think that as we move more to a digital society, most bookstores will be obsolete. Many stores will begin to offer books only online. Authors will have to work harder to be seen in the midst of a sea of books.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?: non-fiction
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
All information in this post is presented “as is” supplied by the author. We don’t edit to allow you the reader to hear the author in their own voice.