Q & A:
- Where did you get the idea for this book?
The book kept coming back to me to write. I felt like God/Divine was tapping me on the shoulder to share my story. Someone needs this – you have to tell it.
- What made you decide to self-publish?
Lots of reasons. The book is for those who need it now and have lost hope. I didn’t want to take the time with an agent and publishing house time lines. It was very important to me to keep 100% of the rights as well. Plus my clients will be using this book as we work together.
- Are there any specific authors whose writing styles or subject matter inspired your book?
Yes, author Garth Stein – Racing in the Rain. I love the way Enzo was an integral part of the story. When I started to write, I couldn’t tell the “hard” parts but I knew Hans could. Another is Tim Ferriss, we have all of his book and admire his work – his writing style is blunt and truthful. I love the facts and no sugar coating in his style. I wanted to bring my story to light all of it - the good and the not so pretty. Lastly, Brene Brown - I love her writing and vulnerability. Reading Daring Greatly and Rising Strong helped me to confidently share my story and be vulnerable. I am grateful for you all.
- Do you have another project in the works?
If so, what is it?
Mission of Love: Eldercare Nightmare. My next memoir about caring and dealing with my elderly parents as they age, my mother’s death and father’s dementia. Our family was an alcoholic dysfunctional family and I’ve learned so much about death, dying, elder care, and living from this experience.
- When you self publish, do you do it all yourself? (Be generous with credit, it comes back to you.)
Yes, at first. Then I realized how much I didn’t know. It took a village. I had great mentors, coaches, joined the Writer’s League of Texas, took classes, critique group members, editor, graphic artist, launch team members who helped make it possible. Each of them contributed to my growth as a writer and helped me develop this story. My family was super supportive and allowed me to tell this story as well. I love you all and thank you again!
- Do you have advice for other authors?
Yes, Keep writing. As a terrific coach told me just write the _____ book. It became my mantra!