Alex: Hi Felicia, I’m glad you could take some time out of your day to do this interview. So far you have two published books: The White Aura and The Vessel. Have you written any short stories or you do you prefer to focus on novels?
Felicia: Hi, Alex!! *waves* I like to focus on novels, but I did write short stories for a newspaper in Spencer, TN for a few months.
Alex: How did you come up with the idea for The White Aura series? What was your inspiration?
Felicia: Well, my inspiration is always my daughter. I want to be the best for her and show her that following your dreams can work! As for the book…I had a dream about it one night. Then another night. Finally, I just decided to start writing.
Alex: Now, I’d like to ask you a few general questions about your writing experience. How long have you known you wanted to be an author? Was there anything that started your love of writing?
Felicia: I began writing when I was 12. I got bored in history and started a notebook with a story. I think my love of books is what stems my love for writing. I mean…books are just awesome! And to be an author and create that awesome for others is truly an amazing feeling.
Alex: What is it like for you when you sit down to write?
Felicia: It really varies. Some scenes are there, I close my eyes, and my fingers flow. Some scenes need more help and I’m sitting biting my lip and taking notes on my post it’s the whole time.
Alex: I understand you self-published your novels. How did you go about publishing? What services did you use?
Felicia: I researched. A lot. Then I talked to other indies and they helped me. I got an editor and a cover artist. I formatted myself and bam! I have a book :) or two…almost three.
Alex: One of the biggest obstacles for self-published authors is figuring out how to market their work. How do you approach marketing?
Felicia: I majored in business and I’m currently working on my MBA, so honestly, marketing is second nature for me. The whole business aspect is. I think it has helped me tremendously to have the business background. I’m also starting a marketing business with a friend of mine to assist authors that have this issue. I couldn’t even tell you my approach, it’s just normal for me.
Alex: Do you have any tips or suggestions for aspiring authors?
Felicia: Read, write, read some more, write some more. Connect with other authors, don’t be afraid to ask for help, and just be yourself. You’ll have so many fans just because you’re awesome. And good luck!
Alex: Thank you for stopping by, and good luck on your upcoming novel.
Felicia: Thank you so much for having me, Alex!! I enjoyed the interview and thank you! Mangled Hearts is releasing July 12 :D