Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Author: Jennifer Coissiere
How did you become a writer?
I wouldn't say I became a writer, I believe writing is a part of who I am as a person. I began writing as a child, because my home life was really unpleasant. It was my way of getting away from the pain.
What are you hoping readers take from your book?
There are several messages in my book. And everyone will find the appropriate message for them. However, the message of overcoming grief is the one I want people to focus on most. Many people lose a love one and stop living. It shouldn't be that way at all.
Whos is the hero in your life? How does your hero inspire you?
I don't have a hero, unless God counts. He reminds me to give unselfishly and expect nothing in return.
Name three goals you want to accomplish as a writer within the next four years.
I have three goals:
1. Have at least a book out a year
2. Start publishing works of upcoming authors
3. Be on a best seller's list
What are your favorite marketing and/or promotional tools?
Social networking and giving away books. I give away books without any expectations (remember my answer to question three) and each time I do that I get a sale.
What is one thing you have learned about the publishing industry?
It is hard. It does not matter if you are well known or new on the scene... it is hard.
What advice would you give to an aspiring author?
Find a routine that best suits your lifestyle and stick with it if you intend to write a book. Don't give up!
Who was the first author you read? What was the title of the book?
This is funny. I have read well-over 1,000 books since I've been alive. I cannot and will not even try to remember the first author or book I've read. Over the years, I have read Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews, Hollywood Wives by Jackie Collins, If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin, The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison, The Women of Brewster Place by Gloria Naylor, works by O. Henry, Langston Hughes, Edgar Allen Poe, etc.
Tell us what new projects you are working on?
I'm currently working on four books. The main one is the sequel to my debut novel, Crossing Over. The title is Beyond New Beginnings (Christian Fiction). Two contemporary fiction: Hiding Under the Umbrella and The Last Tear. The last book, Feelings Redirected, ahs been done for some years now. I am currently working on the edits. That one will be in ebook form first and I will consider if I want to put it out in print.
Where can your readers find you?
My website: http://wordmosiac.com/; www.twitter.com/bizarrejc; www.facebook.com/bizarrejc