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1. Tell us about yourself:
a. Where do you live? New Jersey
b. How long have you lived there? My whole life
c. Are you married? Single
d. Kids? No baby donkeys, but if you meant children, none of those either.
e. Full time job? Writer (poet, author, playwright), graphic and fashion designer
f. Education? Life
2. Who is your favorite author and book? Agatha Christie. Don’t have a favorite book.
3. What is your preferred genre? Multi
4. How did you start this journey to become a writer? In 2006 I took a “How to Self-Publish a Book” seminar and then I went from there.
5. What have you written so far? The Diary of Stephanie Dane, 2007; 4Score, 2010; Moving Forward, 2011; Buried Lies, Surface, 2014; Crystal Fountain, 2014; Essays from Dysfunctional Families: Literary Betrayal, 2014; The House on Atticus Lane, 2015; You Are Beautiful, 2016; A Family of Strangers, 2016; To College or Not to College, 2017; The Day the Rainbow Broke Up, 2017; The Wishing Bottle, 2018; American History 1, 2019; Poems From the Other Side, 2019; and American History 2, 2019.
6. Tell us about your current book. My latest book is a children’s book and book two of seven of a book series entitled, “American History.” The first book includes Americans of African descent and book two is Latin/Hispanic Americans.
7. What is the inspiration for your current book? I wanted to introduce my nephews and nieces to the American History the school system does not teach.
8. What sets your book apart? It includes Americans most Americans do not exist as well as American History not taught.
9. What’s your favorite part in the book? The last page, but it’s kind of a surprise so I rather not say why.
10. What was the most difficult part to write? The research (from podcast)
13. What was your favorite book to write? I don’t have a favorite. They each have their own unique story of conception, birth, and raising.
14. How do you write? Do you have a set time or place? How many hours a day? I simply write. Once I know what I want to do, I set a day and go for it. I am disciplined when it comes to writing a book. I admit I procrastinate sometimes, but once I make up in my mind the day(s) I am going to dedicate I do so.
15. Why did you want to be a writer? I wanted to be a Broadway actor, but after some time I realized the lifestyle of being an equity actor is not something I could get used to. It wasn’t until I ask God some questions about what I was supposed to do with my life and He reminded me that I have been writing (a writer) since I was a child. I never considered becoming a full-time writer as a child, because I didn’t consider it work. I was doing it simply because it was like therapy to me.
16. How do you get your ideas? Mostly life. I can see something happen and then create a story behind it. For instance, I can see two people having a conversation and then build a story of what I think is going on between the two of them. I am not sure why, but it happens all the time. I never look for inspiration, it always finds me.
17. What do you have planned next? I am continuing to wok on my children’s books series. I also will be publishing a book of my original quotes. I have many fiction stories in my mind, but I do not start writing until I have at least a beginning, middle, and end, as well as a message. The ideas are just floaters right now.
18. What advice would you give new writers? Your time and money are more important to your craft then it is to anything else. If you don’t want to sacrifice your time and money for your craft of writing (as opposed to spending it on fun and games) then you will never be a successful writer. Becoming a professional writer is about realizing you cannot have everything you want. Also, for every excuse as to why you can’t find a reason as to why you can. Never let anyone change how you write. You are not supposed to write like anyone else. You have an audience just for you who will enjoy how you write. Write as uniquely as your fingerprint.
19. How can readers get in touch with you? Authorcaseybell.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.