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An Interview with Leanne Wood

 

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Hello and welcome to Author Talk. Today I have the great pleasure of interviewing Leanne Wood.

Please tell us a little about yourself and your background?

My Name is Leanne Wood and I am originally from Sydney. I moved to Orange which is located in Central Western NSW in 2000. Faced with a life shattering ordeal I struggled with PTSD and depression. Hospitalized, I retreated from the world and was forced to reassess everything. Writing assisted greatly through this period. I would class myself as a freelance writer and a poet, a research enthusiast who possesses a love for creativity and a keen interest in trivia and historical events. I have a gorgeous partner, I appreciate good friends, I enjoy great food and wine and I love to travel and write. I believe we should try to live our life to its fullest and follow our dreams.

Wow Leanne, you had some early knocks. I’d like to know more
About You as a Writer

  1. What are your ambitions for your writing career?
    To simply write books that people enjoy
  2. How long have you been writing?
    I have been writing ever since I can remember, I have always found it enjoyable.
  3. Which writers inspire you?
    All writers inspire me, I believe they all have something to offer
  4. Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?
    Noni Hazlehurst – “Pages Of your Life – The Secret Life of Shirley Rumming”
  5. What is the easiest thing about writing?
    You get to set your own timetable, however, you must also be able to apply yourself as books don’t write themselves.
  6. How long on average does it take you to write a book?
    The last one probably 12 months (give or take a little) from start to being published. I don’t think there is a need to rush.
  7. Do you ever get writer’s Block? If so, Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?
    Yes, I think all writers get writer’s block from time to time. I always walk away, I never dwell on something that is not happening. You can’t force a square peg in a round hole, just as you can’t force writing. I go for a walk, have a chat with a friend, enjoy the company of my partner, play with my dog, enjoy a nice meal or glass of wine (or two).
  8. Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors.
    I don’t read as much as I should. My favourite authors are Bryce Courtenay and Stephen King. I also enjoy reading trivia and biographies.
  9. For your own reading, do you prefer e-books or traditional paper/hard back books? I prefer traditional paperbacks.
  10. What & whose book/s are you reading at present?
    I am not reading a book at present as I am focusing on the launch of my second book.
  11. Do you proofread/edit all your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?
    I do and I also have others as I believe a writer can be too close to their own work.
  12. Do you let the book stew – leave it for a month and then come back to it to edit? Yes, I believe it is important to let it sit before editing
  13. When did you decide to become a writer? What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?
    Several years ago I experienced great trauma, writing was an escape. The more I wrote, the better I felt, the more I loved writing. Writing is addictive, life experiences inspire my stories.
  14. Why do you write?
    I love writing, creating a story and developing characters
  15. Do you write full-time or part-time? Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?
    I do write full-time, however, I do not have a rigid writing schedule. I do prefer mornings for writing but I write whenever I have the urge as I believe writing should not be forced. Some days I will work on a novel for over 12 hours with only small breaks while on other days several hours is enough.
  16. Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day? How successful are you at achieving that goal?
    Sometimes I set a word count, but believe it is more so about quality not quantity
  17. Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand? Do you use a special writing program, or just type away?
    Computer, I also have ideas on post-it notes, in my mobile phone and on scraps of paper
  18. Where do the your ideas come from?
    Some of the ideas within my first book, “Pages Of Your Life- The Secret Life of Shirley Rumming” are adaptations of real stories as told to me by my relatives. Other ideas came from extended hours of research and from within my imagination.Generally, my ideas can come from anywhere, observing others and listening, from reading, TV shows, movies and even sounds.
  19. Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you? I do attempt to work out an outline, but I find my stories develop and change, so the story then takes me on a journey
  20. How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?
    I have evolved greatly…I do believe writing is one big learning experience. I still have so much to learn. Talking with other writers, learning about the industry and embracing what I love so much (writing) means that I have to evolve.
  21. What is the hardest thing about writing?
    Like anything, there are always distractions and you must have self discipline. Research also takes up a lot of time and sometimes you can feel you are getting no where fast, but it is all worth it in the long run.
  22. What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?
    As a writer I do get caught up emotionally, so if it is sad, I do feel for the characters. Writing is an emotional journey.
  23. How do you market your books? Why did you choose this route?
    I market my books through social media and my blog; these methods have been extremely helpful.
  24. Would you or do you use a PR agency?
    Possibly in the future
  25. Do you have any advice for other authors on how to market their books?
    Exposing your books is one thing, but you should never inundate potential readers as this could dive them away.
  26. What part of your writing time do you devote to marketing your book?
    Probably not as much as I should, however, I do post regular updates to social media
  27. How do you relax?
    I go for a walk, have a chat with a friend, enjoy the company of my partner, play with my dog, enjoy a nice meal or glass of wine (or two), go on a holiday and I write
  28. What is your favourite motivational phrase.
    You can overcome everything, achieve anything and do everything.
  29. What is your favourite positive saying?
    Let your past make you better, not bitter
  30. What is your favourite book and why?
    A Map Of The World by Jane Hamilton. This a compelling story about life, consequences, regrets, friendship, marriage and endurance. It illustrates that a predictable life can change direction in the blink of an eye. It explores the most basic of human emotions. It is an excellent portrayal of human nature and serves as a reminder that life should not be taken for granted. Thought provoking.
  31. What is your favourite quote?
    Never underestimate your acts of kindness and how much you are appreciated and loved
  32. What is your favourite movie and why?
    Cleopatra, starring Elizabeth Taylor – what an amazing woman
  33. Where can you see yourself in 5 years time?
    Happily writing
  34. What advice would you give to your younger self?
    Do what you love every day. A successful day of writing should not be determined by the number of words written but the content which has been created.
  35. Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?
    Elizabeth Taylor – she was talented, generous, inspiring, beautiful, successful, caring…a wonderful soul

Thank you for all of this Leanne, I too am a fan of the Late, Great Elizabeth Taylor. She would be one person I would definitely love to meet myself. Now on to read something About Your Books

  1. What genre are your books?
    Historical Fiction / Women’s Fiction / Mystery / Life Drama / Suspense / Thriller / Crime
  2. What draws you to this genre?
    I love research and I love stories with a twist, books that keep the readers wanting to turn the next page. All of my books are about life and events that could happen to anyone.
  3. How much research do you do?
    For my first book; “Pages Of Your Life – The Secret Life of Shirley Rumming” I completed many hours of research as the book spans many decades. I wanted to set the scene and correctly reflect the times with facts relating to historical events. Ensuring there was a balance of facts in which the story could take place without the reader feeling overwhelmed by these facts was imperative. My second book; “Travels Through My Mind” (which is the 2nd book in the “Secrets” trilogy did not involve as much research while the last book; “Where Secrets Lie” does involve more research.
  4. What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing against being published or the other way around?
    I believe you can maintain a greater control over your books. My books are like my children, I would never want to cast them asside and have someone else control them.
  5. What do you do to get book reviews? How successful has your quest for reviews been so far?
    I have not received a great deal of reviews since I am only relatively new, however they have been great and I appreciate all feedback.
  6. Do you have a strategy for finding reviewers?
    Not really, I do ask but I don’t want to be pushy.
  7. What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?
    I think it is important to acknowledge that not everyone will agree on everything; as such we would be foolish to believe everyone will love what we write
  8. What’s your views on social media for marketing? Which social network worked best for you?
    I think social media has its place, facebook has worked well for me.
  9. Any tips on what to do and what not to do?
    I wouldn’t bombard the same social media site with marketing details, otherwise people will switch off.
  10. Did you do a press release, Goodreads book launch or anything else to promote your work and did it work?
    I promoted my first book launch with the assistance of the local library and bookshops. I also used facebook and the local press. I am holding the book launch for my 2nd book on Tuesday 5th May 2015 and I will use the same strategy.
  11. Did you get interviewed by local press/radio for your book launch?
    Yes and they were wonderful
  12. What do you think of “trailers” for books?
    I like trailors
  13. Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book/s?
    No, maybe one day
  14. Do you think that giving books away free works and why?
    Sometimes yes, however on a limited basis and only to those you know will appreciate it, not to companies who want to profit off your hard work.
  15. What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
    I would give them the same advice Bryce Courtenay gave to me; write, write and write some more. Also maintain an open mind, writing is a learning experience, be open to suggestions and critique.
  16. Where do you see publishing going in the future?
    Hopefully onwards and upwards with indie writers achieving the recognition they deserve. You do not have to be published by one of the big 5 to be a good writer.

Thank you Leanne, I like your open hearted honesty. Finally we are ready to read something About Your Current Book

  1. Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?
    My trilogy spans 3 generations. “Pages Of Your Life – The Secret Life of Shirley Rumming” starts with Shirley Rumming, born in Sydney in 1924, the first book is based on her life story. The second book; “Travels Through My Mind” picks up after Shirley has passed away. Claire her only child discovers her mothers book and is forced to question the truth and value of life. She doubts the platform on which she believed her life was built as she embarks on a journey to reveal the truth. Deceit, secrets and lies collide with preconceieved thoughts and more than one person winds up crushed. The third book; “Where Secrets Lie” highlights the impact of delving into the past and family secrets. While it is still a work in progress and without giving too much away it examines the destructiveness that secrets and lies can have on others.
  2. What are you working on at the minute?
    Currently I am focusing on the book launch for “Travels Through My Mind” and looking at the 3rd book of my “Secrets” Trilogy; “Where Secrets Lie
  3. Is this book part of a series? What are your thoughts on writing a book series.
    It is a trilogy and I love it. I never intended to create a trilogy. However, when I finished my first story there was so much more that needed saying. The story could not end when the character died, she had family and so the story continued.
  4. Did you format your own book? In what formats is your book available?
    I had assistance with formatting. My books are available in paperback and as an e-book. I think it is important to cater to all readers.
  5. If formatted by someone else, how did you select them and what was your experience?
    I looked at the work they had created previously. I watched how they interacted with others and I had a great experience.
  6. Tell us about the cover/s and how it/they came about. Who designed your book cover/s?
    The cover of “Pages Of Your Life – The Secret Life of Shirley Rumming” came from a collection of photos once owned by my grandfather (who is deceased). I was led to believe that he had taken the photo, however, I was shocked to discover although it was in his collection it was infact a photo he had taken of a photo. Having a great attachment to the photo I purchased the licensing rights to use the photo so as not to breach any copyright. For my second cover, “Travels Through My Mind” I took a photo of my partners eye.
  7. Do you think that the cover plays an important part in the buying process? Definitely, if the cover looks interesting a potental reader is more likely to pick it up.
  8. How are you publishing this book and why (*e.g. Indie, traditional or both)
    Indie. I think it’s the control factor plus I can try to keep the pricing of the book down. Reading should be enjoyable not expensive.

Please list all of your published books here
Book Title:
Pages Of Your Life – The Secret Life of Shirley Rumming
Genre: Historical Fiction / Mystery / Family Sagas Australia / Life Drama
ISBN: 9781742844800
Publisher: Bookpal
Author:Leanne Wood
Paperback / Hardback: Paperback & Kindle
Distributor/Seller:  Amazon
Book Cover by: Leanne Wood

Book Title: Travels Through My Mind
Genre: Mystery / Family Sagas Australia / Life Drama / Paranormal
ISBN: 9780994302908
Publisher: Leanne Wood
Author: Leanne Wood
Paperback / Hardback: Paperback & Kindle
Distributor/Seller:  Amazon
Book Cover by: Leanne Wood

How can readers discover more about you and you work?
They can visit my
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/LeanneWoodauthor
Blog https://leannewoodauthor.wordpress.com
Twitter https://twitter.com/LeanneWoodautho
Amazon Author Page:
http://www.amazon.com/Leanne-Wood/e/B00SM1OGW2/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0
Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8558131.Leanne_Wood

Thank you very much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to take part in this interview. I can’t wait to see the third book out in this series.

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An Interview with Steve Harrison

 

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Welcome to Author Talk. Today I have the wonderful privilege interviewing Steve Harrison.

Please tell us a little about yourself and your background Steve

My name is Steve Harrison and I live in Sydney with my wife and daughter, although I was born and grew up in England and spent a few years in New Zealand before arriving in Australia. I started writing some 25 years ago with the usual short stories and a few soccer articles, followed by a long running weekly newspaper humour column, Harriscope: a mix of ancient wisdom and modern nonsense. For the last 10 years I have been writing feature screenplays and although none were produced, I did have a couple of exciting Hollywood meetings and one of the scripts was nominated for an Australian Writers’ Guild (Awgie) Award. Through all those years I worked on various drafts of my novel, TimeStorm, and despite many, many rejections, decided it would one day be published. The final draft, which I completed nearly two years ago, received a High Commendation at the Fellowship of Australian Writers’ National Literary Awards in the same week the book was bought by Elsewhen Press, a UK publishing company. Who says persistence doesn’t pay off! Now the goal is to turn this success into a career…

About You as a Writer

  1. What are your ambitions for your writing career?
    To support myself and my family solely through writing.
  2. How long have you been writing?
    For about 25 years. Initially, I wrote short stories and a few articles. Then a newspaper column and the first draft of my novel.
  3. Which writers inspire you?
    I’m a big fan of Bernard Cornwell for his historical works; Stephen King, character development, Lee Child, action and David Mitchell for his all-round brilliance. Many others, too.
  4. Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?
    TimeStorm has been written over a long time and I initially thought Hugh Jackman would have made a terrific Kit Blaney, but now, years later, I’m thinking Henry Cavill (Superman) or Kit Harington (Game of Thrones) who has the right first name!
  5. What is the easiest thing about writing?
    I don’t find anything easy about writing. I can’t even think about the least hard thing…
  6. How long on average does it take you to write a book?
    It took 25 years to write TimeStorm, with a new draft every four or five years, but the latest should be done within a year.
  7. Do you ever get writer’s Block? If so, Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?
    I have constant writers’ block interspersed with occasional bouts of writing. I have to force myself to write, which is very odd as I love writing.
  8. Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors.
    I read all the time. In addition to those above, my favorites are CJ Sansom, CS Forrester, George Macdonald Fraser, JP Smith and many others.
  9. For your own reading, do you prefer e-books or traditional paper/hard back books?
    I’m hooked on my Kobo eReader, despite fighting it for a long time.
  10. What & whose book/s are you reading at present?
    I just finished The Swerve, a terrific non fiction work about the founding on the Renaissance by Stephen Greenblatt, and I’m now very much enjoying Lamentation, the latest Matthew Shardlake Tudor mystery by CJ Sansom.
  11. Do you proofread/edit all your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?
    I try to proofread, then my wife has a go and then my publisher does the final polish, thank goodness! The publisher told me it is very difficult for the writer to proof read and edit, because he or she sees what was meant and not what was written. I couldn’t agree more!
  12. Do you let the book stew – leave it for a month and then come back to it to edit?
    No, I edit as a I go along. I start a session by editing the previous session. I print it all out at the end and go through with a pen to make notes.
  13. When did you decide to become a writer? What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?
    I felt an urge to write suddenly in my early thirties and told a former friend I was going to write a book. He told me I never would, which gave me the drive to do it.
  14. Why do you write?
    Because I am incapable of not writing.
  15. Do you write full-time or part-time? Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?
    Part time. With work, I find it difficult to write regularly during the week, so I try to have at least one four hour session on the weekend
  16. Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day? How successful are you at achieving that goal?
    I don’t set goals. It’s about the content for me and I can be equally happy with one page or ten in a session.
  17. Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand? Do you use a special writing program, or just type away?
    Computer. Word.
  18. Where do your ideas come from?
    I believe there is an invisible entity feeding me the words when I get into the ‘zone’ and I am just taking dictation. It’s a very odd feeling.
  19. Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
    I outline in my head, as I’m a slave to any notes I write down and find it very hard to change anything. I find my writing is much more fluid if I have a general direction in mind.
  20. How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?
    I don’t think my creativity has changed at all, only my ability to express it, which I think has improved dramatically.
  21. What is the hardest thing about writing?
    Writing is by far the hardest thing about writing.
  22. What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?
    Finding enough time to write.
  23. How do you market your books? Why did you choose this route?
    My publisher is a very small company in the UK, so I do a lot of online marketing via Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus etc. It took a while to realise I was marketing to other writers, but since I joined and interacted with readers groups in the genres covered by my novel, I have seen sales increase and also made a lot of new friends.
  24. Would you or do you use a PR agency?
    No.
  25. Do you have any advice for other authors on how to market their books?
    Be creative and look for opportunities. It’s very hard to poke your head above such a huge crowd of people competing for the same readers, so apply the same creativity to selling as you do to writing. It’s a lot of fun.
  26. What part of your writing time do you devote to marketing your book?
    I market more than I write, I’m sad to admit.
  27. How do you relax?
    Long walks with my wife. Reading. Watching TV.
  28. What is your favourite motivational phrase.
    “Be scared and do it anyway.”
  29. What is your favourite positive saying?
    See above!
  30. What is your favourite book and why?
    That’s a cruel question. One book only? I’ll have to say The Stand by Stephen King. The perfect epic!
  31. What is your favourite movie and why?
    Blues Brothers. The perfect comedy!
  32. Where can you see yourself in 5 years time?
    Working as a professional writer.
  33. What advice would you give to your younger self?
    None. Let him suffer like I did!
  34. If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?
    The Stand. What an accomplishment!

Thanks Steve, an author with a great sense of humour! I also love your answer to “Where do you get your ideas from?” I think it is called Channelling. I know exactly what you mean, about it being an odd feeling. I do that all the time.

Now, let’s move on to learn About Your Books

  1. What genre are your books?
    My only published book is TimeStorm, a thriller, action adventure, time travel, science fiction, historical romance novel.
  2. What draws you to this genre?
    I figured at one book every 25 years, I should include as many genres as possible. But seriously, I don’t have a genre preference. I wrote nine unproduced feature screenplays, each in a different genre dictated by the story idea.
  3. How much research do you do?
    For TimeStorm I did a great deal of research into Australia’s convict history. My current WIP, a YA science fiction story, is entirely made up, although it draws on my knowledge of and interest in history and alien conspiracy theories.
  4. Have you written any other books in collaboration with other writers? If so, with whom?
    No books, though I do work with a writer/director partner on short films.
  5. What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing against being published or the other way around?
    Self-publishing looks too much like hard work, so I certainly prefer having a traditional publisher to take care of all the publishing details.
  6. What do you do to get book reviews? How successful has your quest for reviews been so far?
    My publisher sends out press releases and has organised a number of reviews and I have been fortunate to receive many unprompted reviews on Amazon and Goodreads.
  7. What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?
    Fortunately, all my reviews have been good – so far – so I like them! I’ll let you know how I feel when a bad one comes along…
  8. What’s your views on social media for marketing? Which social network worked best for you?
    Facebook has been the best, by far. And Goodreads is very good too, if you take the time to interact with readers.
  9. Any tips on what to do and what not to do?
    Participate in discussions and not just about your own book. Promoting others is always well received. All my fellow authors at Elsehwne are very supportive and we promote each others’ books. Don’t just drop an ad for your book on readers’ boards and disappear. It will get ignored and annoy potential readers.
  10. Did you do a press release, Goodreads book launch or anything else to promote your work and did it work?
    The publisher’s initial press release prompted a lot of sales and they publicise any reviews or other news, which always provides a sales spike. I’ve done two Goodreads giveaways, which raised the profile of the book, but didn’t do much in terms of direct sales. They were great fun, though, and I got a few nice reviews.
  11. Did you get interviewed by local press/radio for your book launch?
    I couldn’t get much interest from the press and as I’m the UK publisher’s only Australian author, they don’t have the contacts here. It was a great pub launch, though, and I sold a bunch of copies.
  12. What do you think of “trailers” for books?
    I’m not a fan of book trailers, mainly because they are books, not films.
  13. Do you think that giving books away free works and why?
    I can’t see the point of giving away books. Sure, a lot of people will obtain your book, but how many because it’s free and how many because they have to read it? There’s an incentive to download it because it’s free, but no incentive to read it. I prefer readers who have enough interest to actually buy the book.
  14. What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
    Don’t listen to advice. Or rather, never forget advice is opinion and always question it. (you can question that, too).
  15. Where do you see publishing going in the future?
    There will always be a place for books and reading, though the delivery methods will vary. Despite all the visual entertainment available, nothing can compare with the pictures conjured up by your imagination when you peruse the written word.

Oh yes, I hear you loud and clear Steve! Your last answer is so my opinion too. Our mind is the best visual creator we have!

Now to move on to hear About Your Current Book TimeStorm.

  1. Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?
    My main character of TimeStorm is Kit Blaney, an officer on the 1795 convict transport ship, HMS Marlin. Transported through time to the present day, he must deal with the modern world, assist an ailing captain, command his panicked crew, fight rebelling convicts, evade police and the navy, battle an unscrupulous media baron and fall for a woman reporter. Believe me, he has his hands full!
  2. What are you working on at the minute?
    A YA science fiction novel.
  3. What’s it about? (*if relevant)
    It’s about an Earth girl who swaps places with an alien girl. What could possibly go wrong?
  4. Is this book part of a series? What are your thoughts on writing a book series.
    It the first of a proposed series.
  5. Did you format your own book? In what formats is your book available?
    TimeStorm is available in paperback and all eBook formats. Thanks to the publisher, Elsewhen Press!
  6. If formatted by someone else, how did you select them and what was your experience?
    I was fortunate that Elsewhen bought the book and they did a fabulous job in every aspect of the process.
  7. Tell us about the cover/s and how it/they came about. Who designed your book cover/s?
    Elsewhen invited my input on the cover and I had a vague idea in mind. I sent them a couple of images I found on the internet, particularly some seventeenth century sailing ship paintings. The final cover was designed by Alison Buck of Elsewhen Press and it is a stunning image that really captures the flavour of the novel.
  8. Do you think that the cover plays an important part in the buying process?
    Absolutely. It should attract the potential buyer and interest them enough to check what the book is about.
  9. How are you publishing this book and why? (*e.g. Indie, traditional or both)
    TimeStorm is traditionally published. I never considered self-publishing and kept rewriting until I found a publisher.
  10. How can readers discover more about you and you work?
    The best place is my website. It has information of the book, buying links and several blog pieces related to TimeStorm and my writing process http://stormingtime.wordpress.com/

Published Books

Book Title: TimeStorm
Genre: Action adventure, time slip, thriller, history, romance
ISBN: Paperback: 978-1-908168-44-3 – Ebook: 978-1-908168-54-2
Publisher: Elsewhen Press, UK
Author: Steve Harrison
Paperback / Hardback: Both!
Distributor/Seller: Paperback available in bookshops in the UK & US and Amazon, online in Australia via Gleebooks http://www.gleebooks.com.au/CatalogueRetrieve.aspx?ProductID=9519001 or via the publisher at http://elsewhen.alnpetepress.co.uk/index.php/catalogue/title/timestorm/
Ebook available from Amazon UK, AUS, CAN, US & elsewhere, Kobo, Nook, Apple iBooks, Google etc
Book Cover: Artwork by Alison Buck, based on photograph by http://shutterstock.com
Website/Blog: http://stormingtime.wordpress.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/StormingTime
Google: https://plus.google.com/102729375351451335150/posts?hl=en
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Steve-Harrison/e/B00MXY9BKQ/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1
Booklinks: Paperback https://stormingtime.wordpress.com/buy-paperback/
Ebook https://stormingtime.wordpress.com/buy-ebook/ Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/418568.Steve_Harrison

Thank you very much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to take part in this interview. I look forward to reading your Time Storm and hearing more about your current book. It sounds very intriguing.

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An interview with Kerrie Wearing

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Welcome to Author Talk.

Today I have the wonderful honour of interviewing Kerrie Wearing whom I have known for many years. She has graciously taken time out of her busy schedule to answer some questions by me.

Please tell us a little about yourself and your background? 

I am a soul coach, a medium and author of A New Kind of Normal: Unlock the Medium Within. I am passionate about helping people to live their Soul Purpose knowing they are One with Spirit and coaching Mediumship practitioners to achieve high levels of integrity, professionalism and accuracy of Mediumship through strong foundations with Spirit.

I am also founder and managing director of inSpirit Magazine and Publishing.  A high quality magazine offering Spiritual solutions for Soul centred living. With over 15 years of professional experience, I am highly regarded within the international spiritual community and am currently working on my second book, Wisdom of the Soul: How to live life created with love & inSpiration made simple, due for release in April 2015.

I live in Sydney, Australia with my husband, two young adult children, two dogs and live a secret life as a Country Music fan.

Oh Kerrie, I adore Country Music as well. Thank you for your introduction, now to find out more About You as a Writer

  1. What are your ambitions for your writing career?
    I have a goal to help a million people to live knowing they are the Divine Spirit within.  My books serve that goal so I can provide education and help people come to new understandings about their mediumship, their Soul and how they can live from the Soul everyday. 
  2. How long have you been writing?
    I have owned and operated inSpirit Magazine for nine years, so my writing career really began then, though I began writing my first book, A New Kind of Normal; Unlock the Medium Within in 2010.
  3. Which writers inspire you?
    Lorna Byrne, Neale Donald Walsch, John Holland.  For me though, its not just about their writing, it is about the work they contribute to this world and their truth which also inspires me when I see work from many not so well known authors and the contributors to inSpirit Magazine. 
  4. Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?
    My books are non-fiction so there really is no lead character, though I’d love to see Rhys Witherspoon or Rachel McAdams play me if the book was turned into a film. 
  5. What is the easiest thing about writing?
    WOW, I have to think about this one.  Finishing, LOL.  Seriously though, for me its receiving the inspiration and life experience that comes about to support unfolding the book.  For example, I’ll have the perfect client come along at exactly the right time their story is needed for the book.  Or I’ll get a dream to begin the next chapter with.  This support from the Spirit world, is there for me without me seeking it out, yet I am so grateful for it and know that my job is to keep my awareness high, as I’m not the only one writing my books. 
  6. How long on average does it take you to write a book?
    About a year, and then another 4-6months for editing, design and publication.
  7. Do you ever get writer’s Block? If so, any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?
    Yes.  When its an emotional block I will journal about how I’m feeling or why I’m resisting.  Other times I’ll leave it be for a little while and take time out to relax about it all.  Sometimes, you do need to recognise that its not actually a block, but a stop sign that says “hey, you need some life experience before you can continue”.  That happened for me writing A New Kind of Normal: Unlock the Medium Within.  I got help writing a few months before I was due to go overseas in 2011.  I felt that trip would provide some life experience needed to finish the book, which is exactly what happened.  Writing is a journey in itself and it does help to recognise that. 
  8. Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors.
    Yes I do read a fair bit and I’m even kept busy with book reviews for inSpirit.  My favourite authors are generally my heroes in the self help and mediumship arena as I mentioned earlier, though outside this I enjoy an autobiography, Harry Potter, Twilight and I recently really enjoy the 50 Shades of Grey Trilogy. There are a couple of authors that I will buy any of their work and that’s John Holland, Peggy McColl and Tony Stockwell. Right now I am keen to discover some new books on business and spirituality.
  9. For your own reading, do you prefer e-books or traditional paper/hard back books?
    Physical books for sure.  
  10. What & whose book/s are you reading at present?
    Right this minute, I’m in between books having just finished reading Psychic Development, Basics of Working with Spirit by Leanne The Barefoot Medium. 
  11. Do you proofread/edit all your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?
    I do have someone that edits my books.  This is something that you do need to outsource, if you want to maintain a high standard for your work. 
  12. Do you let the book stew – leave it for a month and then come back to it to edit?
    Yes, I  let it stew but generally only if I’m trying to start a new chapter and only for a week or two.  Any longer than that, I run the risk of disconnecting from the project which is not ideal.  Unless of course, I sense the break is about needing more life experience which I mentioned earlier. 
  13. When did you decide to become a writer? What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?
    Taking my writing to books really came about because I felt I had so much knowledge about Mediumship that needed to be out in the world, so the information could help others.  My work really offers different perspectives and thoughts compared to the general mainstream teachings of Mediumship and now living from the Soul with my new book Wisdom of the Soul, that it just felt like a natural progression of my work as a teacher. And I’ve since learnt, it’s a very Sagitarian thing to do.
  14. Why do you write?
    To educate, inform and help others by being of service in this way.  Secondly, I really do love writing and seeing myself create something from nothing. 
  15. Do you write full-time or part-time? Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?
    Part-time as I have many aspects to my work.  I prefer to write in the morning when my energy levels are optimum and it may only be 2-3 days a week.   
  16. Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day? How successful are you at achieving that goal?
    No, no goal such as this.  I’m ok with accepting however long it takes me to write a book.  There is no urgency to my process as long as it keeps moving forward.
  17. Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand? Do you use a special writing program, or just type away?
    My process is a combination of longhand, which helps with my inspiration and channelling.  I then write maybe 3-4 pages and then retype these into the computer which then allows me to elaborate,  reword and improve the structure if needed.   
  18. Where do the your ideas come from?
    Because I write from a deep part of my Soul, I have found there is a soul purpose and plan to the books I am writing.  My new book which is out this month, Wisdom of the Soul: How to live life created with Love & inspiration made simple is the first in a series of 3 books.  I do have a sense of what the next 2 books are about, though I also know writing for book 2 doesn’t begin until late 2016/17. So my ideas really come from my own learning, soul evolution and how I live my life with the idea that other people need the knowledge I gain to help them.
  19. Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just to see where an idea takes you?
    I will generally work an outline starting with a Soul intention for the book and an outline of chapters.  I do however allow for the flow of synchronicity and inspiration as I move through the writing journey.  I see it as the book has its own Soul purpose for being, and it is my job to facilitate that into the world as best I can, so I often need to listen intuitively to what is needed and follow that path. 
  20. How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?
    Hugely!  When I encountered my spiritual awakening in 1996 I never dreamed I would end up writing books or own a magazine.  These days I know that the Soul is a creative energy, so we all are capable of evolving creatively in our own unique ways.  Mediumship, Writing and Publishing is my way.  I can wait to see where I am creatively in a year, two or even five years from now.  How exciting! 
  21. What is the hardest thing about writing?
    Definitely showing up to write.  If I don’t schedule it like any other appointment, it won’t happen. 
  22. What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?
    Wisdom of the Soul: How to live life created with love & inspiration was an absolute JOY to write.  In fact, I learnt and evolved as I wrote this book and the preparation and writing of this book has changed my life, so I know it will help to change lives of all who read it.  Thank you for asking this question, because I am connecting with so much appreciation and gratitude for being the keeper of the wisdom within this book and I cannot tell you how much I am blessed and honoured to serve Spirit in this way.  Thank you.
    This book really just flowed with ease and grace, which really is a reflection of life once you attain the principles of the wisdom contained within the book.
  23. How do you market your books? Why did you choose this route?
    Generally I market myself as the brand and my books are part of the offering. Internet marketing is core to my marketing.  And now that I’m finished writing for a time, as is getting out to some personal appearances with the books.
  24. Would you or do you use a PR agency?
    No I don’t, my financial resources currently do not extend this far.
  25. Would I use a PR agency?
    I’d certainly consider it though I’d make sure there was a strategic plan involved.
  26. Do you have any advice for other authors on how to market their books?
    Marketing your book begins the minute you decide you are going to write a book.  If you don’t already then you need to work towards building your tribe, your platform so that when the time comes people will want your book and what you offer.  Secondly, any publishing house that you may submit your manuscript to including my own inSpirit Publishing will factor this in when considering publishing your book.  Every aspiring author needs to be creating the platform through which they sell their books and products as much as they need for writing.  To be honest, marketing is where you spend most of your time no matter what your business is. 
  27. What part of your writing time do you devote to marketing your book?
    No part of my writing time is dedicated to marketing.  Marketing has its own part of my schedule and this is a far larger portion of my time as your marketing needs to be consistent and for me I am marketing more than my books. 
  28. How do you relax?
    Country Music, reading, live concerts, the beach, walks and a cuppa. 
  29. What is your favourite motivational phrase.
    Be the change you want to see in the world – Mahatma Ghandi 
  30. What is your favourite book and why?
    Besides my own of course, right now it is Angels in my Hair by Lorna Byrne.  Her story is fascinating, she has a psychic ability beyond what is commonly experienced and the energy that comes through the book is something all authors should aim for.  It is life changing. 
  31. Where can you see yourself in 5 years time?
    With another book published, teaching and mentoring globally with a home base near the beach.  Continuing to support Mediums and their work as together we use Mediumship to help evolve world consciousness. 
  32. What advice would you give to your younger self?
    Love yourself as much as you give and love others. 
  33. Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?
    Keith Urban, besides my love for Country Music he has been an inspiration with his career for over 20 years. 

Wow, all of that is a great deal to digest Kerrie. You sound so dedicated to your work, it is a great privilege to be able to interview you. Now, to move onto more About Your Books

  1. What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing against being published or the other way around?
    One of the main advantages is the freedom you have to keep the book true to the work and honour your truth.
  2. What’s your views on social media for marketing? Which social network worked best for you?
    Absolute must and facebook has worked best in the past but that is changing.
  3. Any tips on what to do and what not to do?
    Be sure to drive all Social Media traffic back to your website and remember your marketing is about building relationships, not selling.
  4. Did you do a press release, Goodreads book launch or anything else to promote your work and did it work?
    No, but I did reach out to contacts and people I know who can help in that way, such as Good Health Magazine and yes it all helps no matter how small.

Thank you, now, for the best part, About Your Current Book

  1. What’s it about? (*if relevant)
    Wisdom of the Soul: How to live life created with love & inspiration made simple provides people with clear and simple daily tools to live life with greater soul awareness, while aligning their soul vibration to love.  It takes spirituality which can often be made more complicated than it needs to and makes it simple and easily integrate in your everyday life.
  2. Did you format your own book? In what formats is your book available?
    Yes, available in paperback and will soon be available in ebook.
  3. Do you think that the cover plays an important part in the buying process?Absolutely, it needs to be visually appealing to your market but also support what the books message is.
  4. How are you publishing this book and why? (*e.g. Indie, traditional or both)
    I’m independently publishing this book through my publishing company inSpirit Publishing, which I established to also publish the work of other MBS authors who need support in this way.
  5. How can readers discover more about you and you work?
    Through my website and my blog at www.kerriewearing.com

Please list all of your published books here.
Book Title: A New Kind of Normal: Unlock the Medium Within
Genre: MBS
Publisher: inSpirit Publishing
Author: Kerrie Wearing
Paperback / Hardback:  Paperback and Ebook
Distributor/Seller: Amazon, ebook stores and soon available nationally through your local MBS shop
Book Cover by: Kerrie Wearing

Book Title: Wisdom of the Soul: How to live life created with love & inspiration made simple
Genre: MBS
Publisher: inSpirit Publishing
Author: Kerrie Wearing
Paperback / Hardback:  Paperback
Distributor/Seller: Amazon, Book depository and soon available nationally through your local MBS shop
Book Cover by: Kerrie Wearing

Other Details about You.

Website: www.kerriewearing.com
Blog: as above
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/kerriewearingmedium
Twitter: https://twitter.com/KerrieWearing
Amazon Author Page: Kerrie Wearing

Thank you very much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to take part in this interview.

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