Janet Spurr – Author Interview

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

Beach Chair Diaries, Summer Tales from Maine to Maui is a collection of short, fun, essays that will make you feel summer time any time.

Tell us something about yourself.

I’ve been in sales for over 25 years and have been able to use my sales background to help sell books. I’m also teaching workshops on Publishing and Promoting your book. I’ve sold over 2700 copies since May of 2008.

What inspired you to write this book?

My ancestors were sea captains and came over on the Mayflower. My grandparents had a guest house on Cape Cod, my parents met at the beach. My parents filled the basement with sand to have a beach party. Salt water runs in my blood.

How did you publish this book?

I independently published through Lightning Source.

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

Writing was a calling, I never wrote before 35 years old, but took courses and attended conferences. I’ll be doing a book signing at the Book Expo in New York this May and my book will be reprinted by a company in Hawaii this year.

What do you believe is the hardest part of writing?

Working full time and writing, publishing and promoting a book, while my elderly parents were ill and passed away was the hardest decade of my life, but I’m blessed.

How do you do research for your books?

I research beaches by going to them. Somebody has to do it. I google to find info on the web.

Did you learn anything from writing this book? What?

I learned to have a HUGE respect for any published author and tell people to go for their dreams no matter how long it takes.

What are you reading now?

Chelsea Handler’s new book.

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

Non-fiction. Bill Bryson, Hemingway, Joan Anderson, Gabriella Herkett, Shelly Mecum, Jack Canfield, Richard Paul Evans.

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

Yes, I’ve been working on The Beach Goes On, but might put two books together to titled it Living In the Positive.

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

Keep Doing it. Network, go to conferences, Join IBPA

What are you doing to promote your latest book?

I blog, tweet and facebook about my book. I do mailings, teach workshops and carry about postcards with the cover on the front and my signings, workshops on the back. I give them to everyone I meet. If someone calls me on the phone to ask me to donate to something, I sell them my book.

Where can readers learn more about you and your book?

For more info and the sounds of the sea, please go to: www.beachchairdiaries.com