Debra Berndt – Author Interview

What is your most recent book? Tell us a bit about it.

Let Love In: Open Your Heart and Mind to Attract Your Ideal Partner (J. Wiley & Sons) This book is a guide for singles to understand their subconscious mind and how to remove hidden blocks through the practice of self-hypnosis and other mind-expanding techniques so that they can attract their true love.

Tell us something about yourself.

I am originally from Fords, New Jersey but spent fifteen years in Denver, Colorado. I recently moved back to the NYC area and live in Westchester County. I am a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist and Hypnotic-Coach who left the corporate world seven years ago to create a new career and life as an author, coach and internet entrepreneur. I have been writing since I was nine years old when my aunt gave me a beat up Smith-Corona typewriter.

What inspired you to write this book?

Being single into my forties, I realized what was blocking me from having a successful relationship. With the use of hypnosis, I was able to shift my thinking on the deep level to increase my confidence and attract an amazing man. I helped thousands of singles find love and wrote the book to share this process that really works to the masses.

How did you publish this book? Why did you decide on that publisher?

I hired a literary agent that I met at the San Diego Writers’ Conference and she helped me find my publisher, J. Wiley & Sons (the largest non-fiction publisher in the world). I wanted a major publisher because it has much more credibility than having a book self-published. Although the process takes longer, the publisher offers the costs of printing as well as marketing and distribution of the book. Also, I wanted to get on a national television to promote my book.

How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?

I always had a wild imagination and wanted to share the thoughts in my mind on paper. I just started writing my stories as a child and then took some writing classes at NYU and through some writing workshops. My new book is the first time I showed my writing to anyone.

What do you believe is the hardest part of writing?
Getting disciplined to write I am sure I am like most writers that put it off, but once I get started, the ideas just flow.

How do you do research for your books?

Case studies, internet searches and other books on the subject.

Did you learn anything from writing this book? What?

I learned that I can write! Seriously, I always doubted that I was a good writer or that what I wrote made sense to anyone else. Now that my book is out, I am amazed at the feedback at what a good writer I am.

What are you reading now?

Jnana-Yoga by Swami Vivekananda

What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors? Why?

I love science books, especially on the topic of neuroscience. I also read tons of business books. Favorite authors? Hmm, I used to read a lot of Marianne Williamson when I was single. I really like the classic authors like Mary Shelley, Goethe, Emerson because I like to read books that make me ponder the mysteries of life.

Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?

I am brainstorming with my agent right now about my second book. It’s still a secret.

What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?

Surround yourself with a good author and writing coach (sometimes two different people). I really have a great support system and mentors who continue to guide me through the writing and publishing process. It can be a long process and there will be times when you are tempted to give up. Having a coach is worth every cent if you get the right one.

What are you doing to promote your latest book?

Pre-Publication: Very Important— I built my platform, email list, blogs, social media, articles, tv appearances, so that when my book launched I became an instant Amazon bestseller with very little money spent.

Post-Publicaiton: I hired a PR firm and had a few media hits but my contributor to book sales was the website traffic, customer base I had already established.
Now I am doing free teleseminars, joint ventures with other authors with bigger lists and social media marketing.

Where can readers learn more about you and your book?