Norma Pimenta – Author Interview

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

Smiling Eyes, A Cheerleading Coach’s Personal Victory is a memoir of my journey as a cheerleading coach and the interruption of a bizarre accident that challenges the return to coaching. This story will tell you about the year of recovery, and the return to coaching while still learning to walk. You will follow my teams as they reach for national and international level of competition. The readers will find themselves rooting for me, the coach, as I recover and my cheer teams who strive to qualify for the next level of competition. Throughout the story you will learn about the background of who I am, the large family I grew up in, the drive of a dedicated mother, and the continued act of volunteering as it gets passed down to a second generation of cheer coaches and the third generation of strong and determined women in one family.

Tell us something about yourself.

I am from Taunton Massachusetts and became involved in volunteer coaching when I met my high school sweetheart. I took on coaching the cheerleaders of his pee-wee football team, yet I was never a cheerleader. Together we have spent a life-time of coaching youth cheerleaders, football and baseball teams in our community.

What inspired you to write this book?

I was encouraged by my doctors to write about my accident at a local tractor pulling show. When I decided to write I chose to write more about my coaching career and in this memoir is the year of the accident and how it effected the return to coaching.

Why did you decide to self-publish?

I chose to self-publish as the Writers Market book suggested, if you have a targeted audience you should consider self-publishing. The world of cheerleading has become a vast audience in the past 15 years.

What do you believe is the hardest part of writing?

Opening up yourself to strangers who will read about you. When it came to writing who I am, my thoughts and fears, I was not sure how much I wanted to put in writing. All the rewriting and editing slowly helped me, as I would add a little more each time. Also I find marketing be a challenging job.

How do you do research for your books?

Although a lot was written from memory, so much of my story went back so many years that I used old pictures, newpaper articles, videos and reminiscing with past team members.

Did you learn anything from writing this book? What?

That I could do it! Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think that I could accomplish something so big.

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

Don’t be afraid to self-publish, I was until I met someone who did it and then felt more comfortable about trying that route. Just be aware that it does require a lot of work on your part. It all depends on how many books you want to sell or just get your book out there to your audience.

What are you doing to promote your latest book?

I attend cheerleading competitions and speak with families and spectators who are in attendance. I find cheerleading gyms and contacts on line and send them a Press Release about my book and a connection to my web page.

Where can readers learn more about you and your book?

My web page: