‘Author Talk Interview Session’ was created to promote fellow authors and their work. The interview questions will spotlight the guest writer, show them love, peace, and respect by allowing them to tell you about their books, other projects and plans to promote. It is also designed to give an author who reads the blog interview posted, insights on how they can grow and share in this huge literary field. This blog interviews will be posted on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Google, and NetworkedBlogs.
RAVEN’S MISSION STATEMENT: I firmly believe God’s way of doing business is the best method. When we join hands with each other it not only helps us learn and grow it creates bonds between fellow authors. As team players, we will learn to share instead of competing, grasping and grabbing for recognition and financial gain.
I want to welcome Patti J. Smith to Author Talk Interview Session. Patti and I met last fall when I was first learning the ropes of online promotions. Since then, she and I have become close friends. I’ve personally read several of her books and I can honestly say they were amazing. I hope you enjoy her interview as much as I did.
Patti J. Smith’s (copy pasted) questionnaire answers:
WHAT GENRE DO YOU WRITE?
I suffer from JGD … Jumping Genres Disorder. My primary genre is Christian Devotionals; however, my publisher encouraged me to spread my wings a little and I took off! Along with devotionals, my repertoire includes historical romance, romantic comedy, and suspense, all with Christian content.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE?
I firmly believe the Holy Spirit took my hands and placed them on the keyboard. After a tumultuous and hedonistic lifestyle, I was reintroduced to God’s infinite love and mercy which inspired me to write “And God Still Loves Me – A Journey from the Dark Abyss of Sin to God’s Mercy”, which was published in January 2014.
WHAT HAVE YOU WRITTEN AND HOW MANY BOOKS DO YOU HAVE PUBLISHED?
Devotionals: A Mended Heart – Rosary Meditations on Forgiveness (A)
Journey to Sunset – Rosary Meditations for Caregivers
Redeemed – Rosary Meditations for Post-Abortive Women
Embrace the Dawn – Rosary Meditations to Calm the Storm
Behind the Smile – Overcoming Depression through Scripture and Prayer
Steps of Faith – Living the Scriptures in Recovery
Inspirational: And God Still Loves Me – A Journey from the Dark Abyss of Sin to God’s Mercy
Collection: Moments with God (Includes the four rosaries and my testimony) (P)
Romantic Comedy: The San Francisco Wedding Planner – Series I, II and coming soon III (P)
(In collaboration with four other authors)
Suspense: Grave Obsessions Series: A Chiseled Heart (A)
Historical Romance: Pearls of Christmas – A short story in Anne Baxter Campbell’s Christmases Past
All of my work is published through Helping Hands Press.
WHAT ARE YOU PROMOTING AT THE MOMENT
I’m promoting Grave Obsessions, Moments with God and The San Francisco Wedding Planner.
DO YOU ENJOY MEETING PEOPLE AND PROMOTING YOUR WORK?
It took me a while to go out in the world “plugging” my work. I was afraid of being considered self-absorbed, but then, how else is the word going to get out? I’ve met some wonderful people at book signings and my fear has slowly dissipated.
WOULD YOU TRAVEL AND DO SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS TO PROMOTE YOUR BOOK(S)?
Absolutely! I’ve spoken at events locally but would love to “hit the road” if it’s feasible financially.
LIST SOME PLACES YOU WOULD LIKE TO VISIT AND MEET FANS
The Pacific Northwest (Oregon, Washington, Idaho)
The Southeast (Alabama, Georgia, Florida)
The Northeast (Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Maine)
TELL US YOUR SUCCESSFUL METHODS OF PROMOTING
Social media (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+) is a goldmine of promotion opportunities. I also attend Christian conferences and fundraisers. I think one of my best method of promoting is my husband. He carries a stack of my business cards and copies of books wherever he goes. (Bless his heart!)
ARE YOU PLANNING TO WRITE MORE BOOKS?
Definitely! The Holy Spirit isn’t done with me yet, sending subtle hints on future projects.
WHERE CAN WE PURCHASE YOUR WORK?
You can purchase my work at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Kobo or from my publisher: http://shop.myhelpinghandspress.com/ All are in e-book format, with a few in paperback and/or audio. Annotated above with (P) for paperback and (A) Audio.
HOW CAN WE KEEP UP WITH YOUR JOURNEY?
AND … you can follow my blog at www.gridirongrannyfootballfanatic.blogspot.com – Featuring Faith, Family, Football, Special Guest Bloggers and the Ramblings of a Sleep-Deprived Author.
IS THERE A WAY FANS CAN ASK YOU QUESTIONS?
I love answering questions! Fans can reach me through social media or my blog. The more the merrier!
FUN QUESTION: IF YOUR BOOK GETS CHOSEN FOR A MOVIE, WHO WOULD
YOU LIKE TO PLAY THE MAIN CHARACTERS?
In my Grave Obsessions series, I would love to see Sandra Bullock as Detective Dallas Keegan, Pauley Perrette as Detective Twyla Worley and Matthew McConaughey as Adan Fredricks (Serial Killer).