Author Interview Q & A
- A common misconception entwined with authors is that they are socially inept, how true is that?
I don’t believe that is true at all, I don’t even understand who could even think of such thing. Some of the most brilliant people have been writers.
- Do all authors have to be grammar Nazis?
I think you just need to be you, I was reading about how some people view grammar Nazis, some people say they see them as introverts who are likely to be people that are disagreeable by nature. Nobody is perfect, I only know one person that is perfect and that’s Jesus.
- If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?
If I could have been any author I would have like to have been someone like Brad Thor and Richard Paul Evans because they have written some amazing books and are both brilliant writers.
- What makes this particular genre you are involved in so special?
It is special to me because, it is my personal journey and I see how in this time and age people are sicker than ever. It is overdue and time for people to take more accountability for their own health and wellness, not just solely rely on the medical community to only give a pill prognosis when it comes to an unknown illness. Research and getting to the root cause of illness is the way to ultimate healing and health that is why I wrote “Research Me, God, Body and Illness”.
- How important is research to you when writing a book?
It is always a good idea to research the market, in my case my passion is in health, and the way western medicine is today, a lot of people are finding their selves with no true solutions to healing their illnesses, so because of that Research is very important.
- What works best for you: Typewriters, fountain pen, dictate, computer or longhand?
When I write I use a computer, but I journal a lot and at times it best just to write the good old-fashioned way, putting pen to paper.
- When did it dawn upon you that you wanted to be a writer?
I never even gave writing a thought, but when this problem arrived it became a passion to tell my story, but it was truly a Divine guidance.
- What inspires you to write?
I think that since I have been a stay at home mom, and have homeschooled both of my kids for 24 years, and it’s my turn to do something for me. I can now show my passions be that great role model and have superb leadership to show my kids that mom can achieve great things too. I have seen enough of the world that it inspires me to write.
- How often do you write?
I am a new writer, I only started writing for a few years now. Since I have published my first book Research Me: God, Body Illness I am now working on my next book.
- Do you have a set schedule for writing, or are you one of those who write only when they feel inspired?
I feel as though I wait for inspiration, with me it is definitely God inspired.
- How hard was it to sit down and actually start writing something?
With my first book, it wasn’t hard at all because I prayed about it, and asked God if it was meant to be that the words would just flow. I told my story of what I went through. I am following the same path, if it’s meant to be it will be.
- Do you aim to complete a set number of pages or words each day?
Write now I am juggling still doing mom stuff and wife stuff, I have not set any goals for my next book, just as I am inspired I can write best.
- Writers are often associated with loner tendencies; is there any truth to that?
I don’t consider myself having loaner tendencies, I am not one that has to be closed off from people or places to be able to write.
- Do you think writers have a normal life like others?
I believe that writers come from all kinds of situations, that’s just life. And what is normal anyway?
- Do you set a plot or prefer going wherever an idea takes you?
I am a writer that’s learning everything from plot points to climax and all those things that a good writer incorporates in a best seller.
- What, according to you, is the hardest thing about writing?
For me the hardest thing of writing is worrying about if it is going to touch people or not, but in reality, it is all in God’s hands.
- What would you say is the easiest aspect of writing?
Honestly the easiest aspect of writing is when you finally finish your book, knowing a lot of hard work, sweat, and tears went in it, and you can finally say I did that…
- Have you ever experienced “Writer’s Block”? How long do they usually last?
I think I’m experiencing writers block now, only because I don’t know which way to go with it, meaning not sure to do another non-fiction or try to write a futuristic thriller. I wrote like 3000 words already which is nothing. Now just praying about it.
- Any tips you would like to share to overcome it?
My words of overcoming things is to just pray about it, works every time, God is good.
- Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?
I enjoy reading different styles and genres, some being Tom Clancy, Brad Thor, Dan Brown and so many great authors I can’t even name them all.
- Over the years, what would you say has improved significantly in your writing?
- Do you proofread and edit your work on your own or pay someone to do it for you?
Like I said I am learning a lot about being a good writer, I can Say with my fist book I self-published and used a service a service to do all my editing. I am sure I will try a different way on my next.
- Have you ever left any of your books stew for months on end or even a year?
I don’t think that I have gone that long without having any thought on how the story should go, I think if I went that long I would feel like I wasn’t being productive.
- What is the most important thing about a book in your opinion?
I think for my books all parts of putting a book together is important. It’s got to have a beginning, a middle, and an end.
- If you had the choice to rewrite any of your books, which one would it be and why?
If I had quite a bit of books published, I don’t think I would rewrite any of them, because sometimes it could take years to finish, and I think through the whole process you are already re-reading and re-writing.
- What is your take on the importance of a good cover and title?
My take on the importance of a good cover and title is the fact everyone judges a book by it’s cover, if you real them in buy the cover the title for sure has to be more than great.
- Have you ever designed your own book cover?
No, but my first book I utilized my twin sister’s talent for her art work, as a matter of fact my twin sister did all the art on the interior of my book.
- Do you believe a book cover plays an important role in the selling process?
- Do you attend literary lunches or events?
As far as events, just busy with book signings, but would love to attend in the near future. If anyone wants to schedule a book signing, go to my website sindypheard,com to contact me.
- How would you feel if no one showed up at your book signing?
If no one showed for a book signing of mine it would just confirm I did not promote myself very well. It happens.
- Do you read and reply to the reviews and comments of your readers?
Most definitely, it is important to interact with your audience.
- Does a bad review affect your writing?
No, as a writer or any type of project you do, you have to be open to any type of criticism. That’s the world we live in, you can’t make every one happy.
- Any advice you would like to give to your younger self?
Wow, that’s an awesome question, I always look back and wonder sometimes I say just that “If I only knew then, what I know now”
- Any advice you would like to give to aspiring writers?
Like someone told me, just go for it, you won’t know until you try.
- What did you want to become when you were a kid?
I think when I was a kid I was just focused on being a kid, but if you were to ask my mom she would tell you that because I was a twin, my sister and I wanted to become famous models, and we also had really good balance like a gymnast she thought we wanted to be Olympic Gymnast. It’s funny to look back, my twin and I at age seventeen we auditioned for Wrigley Double-Mint Gum commercial, and we did a little modeling.
- Do you recall the first ever book/novel you read?
When I was a little girl, I remember the book Cinderella, my mom first read it to me.
- Which book inspired you to begin writing?
Even though there are many inspiring books out there, it wasn’t that that inspired me, it was just the life experience I was going through at the time and ultimately God’s hand.
- Did you ever think you would be unable to finish your first novel?
No, but that’s just the kind of person I am, start a project finish the project.
- Do you read any of your own work?
I read as I go, and re-read and re-read…
- Tell us about your writing style, how is it different from other writers?
I don’t think that I have established a writing style as of yet, at least I can say when readers read my book they will see a reflection of me as a person.
- Does your book carry a message?
I wrote Research Me with a clear message, that it is time for people to take more accountability for their own health, you know yourself better than anyone.
- How much of yourself do you put into your books?
With this current published book, literally all of me is in Research Me, being that it was a personal journey, I lived.
- Have you ever incorporated something that happened to you in real life into your novels?
In my book Research Me: God, Body, Illness is a real-life story.
- How long do you take to write a book?
Depends on the book I am writing. I usually write shot stories no more than 300 – 500 pages.
- How do you incorporate the noise around you into the story you are writing at the moment?
When I write noise is not a factor in my writing, all noise is blocked.
- Do you prefer being intoxicated to write? Or would you rather write sober?
Lol, good question, do some people really do that, write while intoxicated? For me I wouldn’t get far in my writing because I am a total light weight when it comes to any alcohol…
- What is that dream goal you want to achieve before you die?
It has always been a passion of mine to have the knowledge to one day solve some huge medical illness, (Like cancer) to save people’s lives. That would be an amazing accomplishment before I die.
- Do you think translating books into languages other than their origin forces the intended essence away?
Not at all, this is something I initially thought about doing. I hope that I will turn this into a reality.
- Do you blog?
Yes, you can find some of my blogs on my website sindypheard.com
- How active are you on social media? And how do you think it affects the way you write?
I am currently promoting my book on some major social media sites, Facebook, Twitter, Book-bub, and LinkedIn to name a few.
- DO you enjoy theater? Would you ever like one of your stories to be turned into a play?
I do indeed enjoy the theater, it is one of the things when I was dating my husband we liked to do together. But I don’t think my writing would ever be a theatrical type of writing.
- If you had to pick one other author to write your biography, who would it be?
I think it would be amazing first, I had an opportunity to meet the author Brad Thor, and it would be awesome if he got to write my biography, I would probably become speechless if I had a chance to meet him and this really happened.