Don’t Write Like You Talk is a humorous book that covers grammar and writing both for an individual who just wants to sound smarter on Facebook and for readers who want to move forward in their careers.
Tell us something about yourself.
I am a life long writer – which means as soon as I could operate a crayon, I was writing. My first story was titled The Boy and the Lion. It was very sad, the lion eats the boy in the end. I illustrated it as well. This probably accounts for my interest in writing mystery novels.
What inspired you to write this book?
Don’t Write Like You Talk was inspired primarily by my work as a professor for University of Phoenix. I found various methods and techniques to help adult learners learn grammar and write better sentences, I wanted to share that information to a larger audience. No, I don’t make my students by my book, although that would help sales. . .
How did you choose the title?
Most of us have been told over and over again, to “just write like you talk.” I propose that we stop writing like we talk and write to make sense and create clear meaning in our sentences. We can text like we talk to our heart’s content.
What obstacles did you encounter in getting this book published? How did you overcome them?
I worked with 3L Publishing who asked for the book to be part of a series they produce called Smart Girl Guides. I was happy to be part of the franchise. The editing process with Michelle Risley was a dream, all my editing experiences should be so great!
How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?
If you love to write, you will write. I wrote in grammar school, high school and created a truly bad novel in college. I went on to inflict my point of view through freelance work, I picked up a MA in creative writing and now I am teaching. And writing. It’s crazy.
What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors? Why?
I love mysteries and I love collecting books on writing. So it follows that what I write is mysteries and writing books. You’ve heard from many writers, write what you love to read. They are not kidding, it’s critical to your success as a writer that you are passionate about your genre as well as passionate about the work.
Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?
I have a e-book out with Smashwords: The Cheap Retreat Workbook that gives step by step instructions on how to host your own writing retreat in the comfort of your home.
My Real Estate Diva Mystery, In Good Faith will be out next year with Write Life. And I just finished the sequel to In Good Faith – The 380 Degree View.
What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?
The publishing industry is in such flux with so many players and such change that to hold out for something traditional, like a big advance and lots of marketing for your book is rather foolish. Worth with the small publishers, consider e-pub. Know that no matter who publishes your book, it will be up to you to market and sell those copies. Take a chance, there is nothing better than seeing your book on the bookshelf.
Who is the perfect reader for your book?
Don’t Write Like You Talk specifically addresses young professionals, women and men who are ready to take their careers to the next level and may need a little help writing as intelligently as they know they are.
Where can readers learn more about you and your book?