1. Tell us something about your book. The basics: what’s it about?
In this book, Living and Learning From the Healing Waters of Courage, you will find lessons that will both give you courage and heal your broken heart. There are inspirational messages and poems meant to encourage you and help you discover all that God would want you to be.
We all make mistakes in life, but God gives us the right path to embrace the healing waters of courage that will make us forever strong and able to overcome all the odds that try to make or break us. As you read Living and Learning from the Healing Waters of Courage, it is my desire that you realize everything in life happens for a reason.
Even when we do not always understand all of the reasons, we must trust that God is in control and will help us find the right solutions to the destined paths upon which we travel. I decided to share many of my life lessons with you in both a nonfiction and poetic way to illustrate the spiritual truths that have helped me find the courage to heal from my past and embrace happier, healthier times now and always. I hope the courageous chapters you are about to read encourage your hearts and souls in the most spiritual ways possible.
2. How did you come to self-publish? Did you try to get published traditionally?
Two years ago I self-published my first book which was a collection of poetry, called Spiritual Whispers to the Soul. I had always heard how hard it can be to get anything traditionally published so I decided to put my own efforts forward to have something self-published knowing I could get my name and work out there from the beginning without worrying about getting traditionally published. I have not tried to get anything traditionally published.
3. What self-publishing service did you use? Happy with the service?
For my paperback books, I used Amazon’s Createspace which is a print on demand service. For my ebooks, I used an ebook distribution service called BookBaby which makes sure it gets sent out to various ebook retailers. I have been happy with both services.
4. What avenues have you taken to market the book? Have you gotten reviews, interviews, TV, print media coverage?
I have gotten my book listed on a few sites who have either promoted the book through emails, newsletters, or on their own websites. Marketing my book is still an ongoing process for me.
5. What drove you to write this particular book?
I have always felt life is about having courage and finding the courage to face and overcome many things. It is hard to get the courage at times to face many issues in life, but I have realized that without courage we would never be able to face our strengths or our weaknesses.
6. Is the book in any one particular genre? Is it a genre that’s familiar to you?
My book is a mix of creative nonfiction. It is filled with inspirational messages followed by poems to illustrate many lessons I have learned that I feel will help others. The genre it fits most is self-help and spiritual markets which is the genre I have always enjoyed reading and learning about most.
7. Who are your greatest writing influences?
I really do not have any one author who is a great writing influence to me, but I will say I have received divine inspiration in many different ways from many different resources.
8. What’s your writing regimen? Any tips for keeping focused?
My writing regime is to write what I feel deeply in my heart and soul. I have learned that keeping focused for me means listening to my inner voice and tuning out any distractions coming up around me.
9. Would you self-publish again?
Yes, I do have my own self-publishing business called Colorful Spirit Publishing at www.colorfulspirit.com. I want to continue writing more inspirational books and create products that will give people lots of hope and healing.
10. Any final words of advice for those looking to self-publish?
For those looking to self-publish, I would tell them to trust their instincts and embrace their dreams to write without worrying whether or not someone will accept it. Just be grateful for your gift and know in some way you will help someone else with your powerful words.