Kerry, what makes you passionate about writing?
Iâ€™ve always found pleasure in writing, ever since I was little. Now that Iâ€™m older, I can see the importance and education that comes with both reading and writing.Â
I agree with you there. What was the pathway like for you to get your first book published?
It was an education. What I think most writers and readers donâ€™t realise is that publicity is actually a big part of the authorâ€™s occupation. Even most authors who publish though traditional publishing houses, spend a decent amount of time trying to publicise their work. I had decided to self- publish after researching and contacting various publishing houses and decided that as a writer, I wanted to take creative control of my work. The work load as a self-published author is great. And when I said â€˜greatâ€™, I mean big- I mean Grande! But I wouldnâ€™t have it any other way, itâ€™s allowed me an education, – to learn and both gather, and try to perfect previous skills I have had. Itâ€™s a great â€“ but very demanding experience, one I will keep continuing to learn and grow in.
Were you ever discouraged along the way? If so, how did you deal with it?
I swallowed it and carried on.
Good for you…Who or What inspired you to write this book?â€¨
â€˜Shakenâ€™ was inspired by personal experience with the combination of emotional abuse and depression and the need to understand what the concept of emotional abuse really was, in order to educate and verify to myself- and in turn to others, what it is, and how to try and
1-Â Â Â Leave the situation
2-Â Â Â Start to heal from it
3-Â Â Â Understand it, and to let people know that any form of abuse at any severity what-so-ever is unacceptable.
Meanwhile â€˜Observation Cityâ€™ was inspired by my interest of human behaviour and situations in life. The 21 pieces in â€˜Observation Cityâ€™ were either inspired by my own experiences, those of friends or that of strangers, which became a fun collection to publish.
A great mix…What genre does your book fall under?
Shaken is a non-fiction and self-help book of sorts about emotional abuse and depression. While Observation City is a humorous collection of short pieces. â€“Again non â€“fiction.
Please tell us about your book, SHAKEN.
The story is inspired by personal experience and intersperses informative materials such as how to spot the signs of emotional abuse â€“ among other things, in order for readers to understand itâ€™s presence in society. The story tells of Â an emotionally abusive relationship and how it greatly affects mental health. my mental health, aswell as the he fright and loneliness associated with it.Â
What else about your book might pique the readerâ€™s interest?
Aside from it being directed toward lovers of non-fiction, I hope that anyone who may be involved in a situation of emotional abuse and/or depression will be able to pick it up and relate to it. For those readers and readers who may know of someone who is suffering from one or both of those illnesses, it is full of helpful material and advise in order for you to , spot, relate to, understand and take steps on healing from.Â
What kind of impact do you expect your works to have in the reader’s lives?
Each work I put out, and plan to put out is different. For â€˜Shakenâ€™ the impact I hope is a positive one toward the awareness and understanding of emotional abuse. While â€˜Observation Cityâ€™ as well as my next humorous novel which I plan to release in 2014, I hope provides a few laughs and discussion topics for readers. Theyâ€™re relatable, human and humorous.Â
Very nice sentiment. Â Where can readers go to find your books and order them?
Shaken will be available at first through amazon and my publisher, with plans to be released world-wide through other book retailers.
To keep up to date with its official release date and purchase links, please join me at my website and/or Facebook page.
Observation City is currently available world-wide though many reputable retailers.Â