Sandra Bettencourt – Author Interview

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

Poetic Indulgence: Where Poetry Meets Real Life. A compilation of poetry written over a seventeen year period of my own true life experiences. The raw, the good, the bad, the truth.

Tell us something about yourself.

Born and raised in Cambridge, Ontario Canada to Portuguese immigrant parents. Won the Catholic Teachers Young Author’s Award in 1993. I began writing at the age of seventeen and now at the age of 35 publishing my first book. I wrote the entire length of time that lapsed but never considered a true passion until now. I only write poetry of situations that are true in my life experiences, therefore they are not always happy endings. Life doesn’t always end in fairytales and kisses. Writing of the truth helps all people relate in some way.

What inspired you to write this book?

My grandmother Maria Bettencourt is the reason I decided to finally sit down and write professionally. As a young child she taught me to take hold of dreams and see them through. She has passed, however her teachings did not. Sitting one day I looked at a photograph of her and felt it was my time to take hold of my dreams.

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

I published my book with Strategic Publishing because of their strong marketing programs and efficiency and reputation.

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

I never thought that I wanted to become a writer. Because it is a talent from within, I was already a writer, just not published. I started to take hold of poetry in highschool, and continued to now believing it to be a beautiful art of words and stories.

What do you believe is the hardest part of writing?

The most difficult part of writing is preparing yourself into a particular emotion. If you do not feel it, it won’t happen. It must never be forced. Rather on call as the emotions surface.

How do you do research for your books?

I draw my ideas from my own life experiences.

Did you learn anything from writing this book? What?

I learned that writing of my personal experiences was therapeutic as well as finally proving to myself that indeed I had the gift.

What are you reading now?

The outsiders

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

Biogoraphy, fiction. Steinbeck is my favorite author

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

I am currently writing the second series of Poetic Indulgence. Much like the first it contains poetry of my true life experiences. Exposing all the good and bad without regret.

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

The best advice I could give would be to allow yourself the time to write when the notion surfaces. Never force it. If you are a writer the need to write will come to you. It is at that time, that your writing is at best. When publishing the best advice I can give is to be patient. It is a process longer than I expected.

What are you doing to promote your latest book?

Having my book launch on May 02, 2010 in Grimsby Ontario

Where can readers learn more about you and your book?