Inside the Book:
Title: The Golden Age of Charli
Author: Jena C. Henry
InterviewCan you give us a go-for-the-gut answer as to why you wanted to be an author?
My passion is reading and creative writing and I knew that for me, writing a book would be an amazing achievement.
Tell us (we won’t tell promise!) is it all it’s cracked up to be? I mean what are the perks and what are the demands?
Yes! My writing life is awesome! Writing, editing, cover design, marketing, promoting- it’s all been the best it could be! Great to learn and create. I love social media and connecting with other authors and readers. But I am still not mobbed at the grocery store.
Which route did you take – traditional or self-published – and can you give us the nitty gritty low down on what’s that like?
My writing journey started when I decided to finally try to write what I called “a book-length document.” As I wrote, I began to feel more positive about my product. One day, while I was writing and using the online thesaurus, an ad popped up- “Are you writing a book?” “Yes… YES!” I shouted. I clicked the link and soon received a call from a consultant at iUniverse. After a long discussion and plenty of questions from me, I chose iUniverse because they are a hybrid self-publisher. They offer a large team of professionals and services- all types of editing, cover design, marketing and promotion. This was the best of both worlds for me- I could move forward and achieve my publishing dream, but have access to all the services I would need to produce a high quality project.
Tell us for real what your family feels about you spending so much time getting your book written, polished, edited, formatted, published, what have you?
Even though I wish I had started my book writing career decades earlier, the blessing of it has been that I no longer have work demands, and I have young adult children who are thrilled I am no longer hovering over them. So, no one calls me or needs me and my life is my own, which is a luxury. All the components of writing that you listed do take my time and treasure, but I am happy, fulfilled and love learning it all. (The dog just nudged me and said she wants her ears scratched, so I guess someone still needs me,)
In writing your book, how did you deal with the phone ringing, your family needing dinner or your boss calling you saying you’re late?
As I said, I don’t have those daily family demands any more. However, I have always been organized, on time, disciplined, good at setting and completing goals, so I don’t think I would have ever had trouble mixing a writing life with family and work. I would have put on my super-hero cape and hoped for the best! Yes…really!
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