Tell us about yourself and what inspired you to start writing.
I began to write when I was 8 years old. A creative writing class captivated my interested. I loved to invent crazy stories about situations that would never happen in real life. My favorite = a story about an army of cats who invaded New York City. I had a good imagination! The following year, I joined the journalism club, became editor for my high school paper, and things escalated quickly from there. Now I am a yoga teacher, so I choose to write about how starting a yoga practice changed my life in surprising ways. This = the subject of my new book, “Do Yoga Every Damn Day.”
Tell us about your books.
I try to keep things short and sweet in my Kindle books, but I am 100% aware most people don’t have a long attention span. Indeed, statistics show humans have worse attention spans than goldfish. That’s okay. I treat this challenge like an opportunity to express complex ideas as concisely as possible. You can learn how to do yoga at home without reading a hundred long books. I accomplish the same thing in less than a hundred pages.
How did you go about getting published?
Step 1: Have idea.
Step 2: Share with friends.
Step 3: Ask self: “Any good?”
Step 4: If so, write the thing.
Step 5: Share with beta readers.
Step 6: Edit based on their feedback.
Step 7: Repeat 5 + 6 a few more times.
Step 8: Publish and hope for the best. 🙂
What is your writing process? Do you have a time, day or place you like to write?
Get in the habit of writing daily, but don’t get so attached to your routine that you miss waves of momentum as they pass. Put another way: obsess with your craft when you feel inspired, at least be consistent when you don’t.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Full-time job, pets, hobbies?
Teaching yoga workshops about how to do yoga anywhere on the planet. Also, I act in films and community theater for fun.
Any advice for authors about book covers?
If you’re not a designer, outsource it. Be super specific in communication with freelancers. When I have a problem, it’s usually not their fault. Instead, it’s because I didn’t explain what I wanted in enough detail.
Any marketing tips you’d like to share with other authors?
You must ease people into the purchase process. Give away a helpful freebie. Plug in a preview for a cheap book. Wine and dine every reader until they reach your more valuable offerings. Be patient.
What’s your favorite book?
“The Stand” by Stephen King
What are you reading now?
“The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle
What’s your next book project?
Yoga with Technology. Simple yoga poses that can be done without putting down your smartphone. Coming winter of 2015. Follow me on social media to stay informed about the release.