Did you know that you would publish your first book (let alone two as of now)?
No, not at the start. My thought was that I would only have copies printed for my personal distribution. But, after self-publishing, it was offered at Amazon Books and I was amazed at the wonderful reviews I got. This encouraged me to want many, many people to read it. Bella Books also accepted it to sell.
Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage?
My story is a memoir. Once I started writing I could not stop. My experiences (good and bad) were as clear to me as when they originally occurred.
Do you come up with your title before or after you write the manuscript?
I didn't give much thought about a title until one day I glanced up at a little plaque which hangs above my computer. It
ur Story Matters (Tell It)
That became my title and my motto. I was determined to tell it like it was as accurately as possible.
Please introduce your genre and why you prefer to write in that genre?
The genre “Your Story Matters….(Tell It)”
is a memoir of my life as a Lesbian, beginning at the young age of sixteen - a time when many didn't even know what it mea
nt to be “queer” including me.
I wrote it in sections of decades and at the beginning of each decade wrote what was happening in the country at that time regarding gay people.
What was your inspiration, spark or light bulb moment that inspired you to write the book that you are seeking promotion for?
Inspiration to complete my story grew as I remembered and related my experiences. When I finished and it was published, I wanted everyone to read it with the hope that it would bring understanding and empathy for the LGBT community. No one would choose to be gay....we are born that way and because of that we deserve to be treated as human beings and not social defects.
What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing process?
My reward in all this is that
I came “out of the closet” to the world. A
mazingly to me, most everyone knew anyway, but no one dared to broach the subject, so we all went on pretending for 55 years. I now
bask in the love of these people
they have accepted me and my partner and we can conduct ourselves as any heterosexual couple. It's wonderful, and this is the happiest time of my life.
What was the most difficult part of the writing process?
This is easy to answer.
My “lover” is
jealous of my computer. I have to write when she is either playing golf, watering the garden, or sleeping late in the morning. I also find that after three o'clock in the afternoon that my body and my brain shuts down. This could
be attributed to the fact that they know it is almost “martini”
Have you had a negative experience in your writing career?
I have had no negative experience with regard to my writing other than the fact that my partner (who is now eighty-two years old) is a bit jealous of the computer at times. She does not like to share me with anyone, and I love it! I self-published with Create Space and my book came out last July and was offered on Amazon and Bella Books. I found them all to be very helpful and I was pleased with the results which made me want to do more to get it circulated. Of course,
“Your Story Matters…