Every writer has their own idea of what a successful career in writing is, what does success in writing look like to you? If only one person is blessed by what I have written, then that is success to me. Secondarily, I believe I have already succeeded in knowing that there are so many people that love my books, even those that hate my books, that is a form of success, because they have been moved enough to comment with words such as "Worst book I ever read". For me it isn't so much about money but about inspiring others and bringing enjoyment to them through story telling. My success can lead to others being inspired to write and tell their own stories. My youngest son makes me tell him a story every night and while I am usually too exhausted, the words come for no other purpose than for his enjoyment.
It is vital to get exposure and target the right readers for your writing, tell us about your marketing campaign? I use a lot of social media, Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram etc. and I use the shotgun approach. I think that the titles of my books are designed to bring in the readers that will most enjoy these mysterious, adventurous books.
Tell us about your new book? What's it about and why did you write it? My newest book soon to be released is the sequel to That Girl Started Her Own Country called The Anonymous Girl which is about 300 pages and shows how she becomes the world's first trillionare and finally starts her own country.
If you could have a dinner party and invite anyone dead or alive, who would you ask? Certainly all of the history's greatest authors. What a night that would be.
When you are not writing, how do you like to relax? Watching a good movie, hiking with family or going out to dinner.
Do you have any tips on how writers can relax? Take a nap, otherwise keep reading and writing or go on an adventure of your own for inspiration. I find that reading books helps to get me into the flow of writing, but that may not work for others and can just be a waste of time if you want to write a book, but if it is non fiction reading you can get good ideas, even if so slightly used from reading nonfiction stuff.
How often do you write? And when do you write? I go in spurts, unfortunately I haven't learned to discipline myself yet.
Do you have an organized process or tips for writing well? Again as my father told me, "The art of writing is rewriting." However I would say just let the writing flow and leave it to a skilled editor to make it flow better and correct any editing problems that you may not see.
Do you have a writing schedule? No, but need to make one lol.
Sometimes it’s so hard to keep at it - What keeps you going? Love for the art and storytelling. I didn't know I was creative even though voted most so in high school until I started writing novels later in life.
Have you met any people in the industry who have really helped you? The friend I mentioned when in high school told me "Hey your middle name is the same a famous author, maybe someday you will be too." That encouraged me and may be a small hint as to my true identity.
What do you hope people will take away from your writing? I hope that my words will inspire people in many different ways, and I always try to include something that is educational or inspirational without slowing down the story.
How will your words make them feel? One thing I hope is that women will find empowerment from my stories while entertaining them and their significant others.
The Sovereign Order of Monte Cristo is a continuation of The Count of Monte Cristo (Book I), related through the voice of Sherlock Holmes and The Sultan of Monte Cristo (Book II). It includes exhilarating new adventures, characters, and ideas, carrying the reader past book I and II and into book III of an ever-expanding new series based on the classic.
Those who have already had the pleasure of reading The Sultan of Monte Cristo will certainly appreciate the unique way in which the Holy Ghost Writer has expanded the original story without the help of anyone (except perhaps from the ghosts of Dumas and Doyle).
In addition to comprising a 3rd sequel to The Count of Monte Cristo, The Sovereign Order of Monte Cristo serves as a prequel to The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.
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Genre – Action, Adventure
Rating – PG-15
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