I write for the same reason I speak - to inspire others to achieve their dreams.
I pour a lot of uplifting inspiration into my writing, including my YA series, The Circle of Friends. More than a positive attitude found its way into those books, too. When I finished the fifth in the series, I realized each book represented one of the Five Keys to success that I teach in my seminars. That was unintentional, but it reflects how strongly I feel about those five aspects.
Of course, my speaking spurred the creation of my non-fiction book, Overcoming Obstacles with SPUNK! With seven other authors contributing, it was a lot of fun to write.
Do you ever succumb to obstacles in your own writing life?
Yes! I recently went through a long writing lull. After completing my last book, I had every intention of writing a teen version of Overcoming Obstacles, but it just didn’t happen. Lost the urge to write for a while. I have a new project now and I’m happy to be writing again!
Do you feel pressure to finish a novel or overcome life's hiccups knowing you’re an accomplished self help author?
Oh, you bet! My life should be perfect, right? I struggle like everyone else. However, I feel I’m better equipped to handle the challenges.
What is your favorite role between professional speaker and novel author?
Speaker! I like the interaction and contact with others. Writing is lonely. Authors tend to be introverted, so it suits them, but I love getting out and meeting people. I feel I can a greater impact on people as a speaker than as a writer.
Do you have any advice for someone to sell themselves to an agent/publisher?
Glad you added publisher - so many writers limit their chances for success by pursuing only agents.
Be multi-facetted and develop a platform. Show that you’re more than just an inexperienced writer. Develop and highlight your skills, credentials, networks, accomplishments, and ability to promote.
Best piece of advice YOU have gotten?
LOL - besides ‘don’t quit?’
Be willing to do whatever it takes.
Best piece of advice you can GIVE?
Study the industry! No matter what publishing path you take, you have to understand the industry if you’re going to succeed. Do your research - read books on the subject, scour the Internet, talk to other writers and authors, get out to book festivals - know what you’re doing before you begin!
Please tell us about any upcoming novels/self help books you have coming out.
I just began working on a new book. I teach seminars on publishing and promoting, and I also offer private consultation. I’m always asked - do I have a book on the topic? So, it’s about time I did!
Thanks so much Diane!! Please drop by her blog and websites for more information and tips!! She is also working the A-Z challenge like crazy!!!!!