Tell us about yourself and what inspired you to start writing.
My name is Audra Fordin. I’ve been working on cars since I was a little girl. My dad took me to his repair shop as a child. I thought it was cool how engines are like jigsaw puzzles with all the little parts that work together to bring cars roaring to life. I wish more women felt the same way about their vehicles. Too many of us view automobiles as a source of anxiety. This is not at all necessary. My new book shows women how to be confident drivers and take better care of their investments.
Tell us about your books.
“End Auto Anxiety” shows busy drivers how to prevent traffic accidents and the expensive repair bills that follow. The book is written in an upbeat tone female drivers can understand and relate to. The appendix contains a list of the most important preventive auto repairs money can buy. There’s even a time estimate for how long each job takes, so you’ll be able to organize transportation first. Talk about efficiency. Why wait? The investment will pay off fast. Get your glove box guide today.
How did you go about getting published?
Right now I am focused on Kindle publishing since it’s so easy to get started. I’ll be playing with CreateSpace soon, but don’t know enough about that to comment yet. It’s cool how Amazon empowers authors to reach a big crowd of readers.
What is your writing process? Do you have a time, day or place you like to write?
Not gonna lie. I can be a bit scatter brained. That’s why I like to write a big list of ideas first. Later, I go back and draw an X through ideas that are no good. Next, I look for ways to connect the good ideas in a way that makes sense. That’s my book outlining process in a nutshell.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Full-time job, pets, hobbies?
I’m a certified mechanic and owner of Great Bear Auto Repair in New York City. I’m the CEO of Women Auto Know, where we connect busy drivers with auto shops they can trust.
Any advice for authors about book covers?
Find an expert you trust. Give them enough feedback to get started, then let them add their own original flair. Design is fun, but it’s definitely not a personal skill. Play to your strengths.
Any marketing tips you’d like to share with other authors?
Your job isn’t done after you write the book. Next, you have to get it in front of potential readers. “Build it when they come,” is not a good strategy. You’ve gotta make noise (but in an inviting way)
What’s your favorite book?
“Sassypants” by Tina Fey
What are you reading now?
Catching up on recent happenings on the New York Times (too scattered for a book right now!)
What’s your next book project?
This December I will be releasing the print edition of “End Auto Anxiety,” then keeping the momentum moving forward with volume 2 in winter 2016. It should be a fun and interesting ride.