Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Hi. My name is Audra. I have written a bestselling auto safety book called, “End Auto Anxiety,” which is now available on Amazon.com. So far, I have planned six follow-up releases, coming throughout 2016.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
“End Auto Anxiety.” Cars are in my blood. My father, grandfather, and great grandfather are mechanics. I remember when my dad took me to the shop, his friends were so amazed that a little girl was able to change spark plugs or a flat tire as fast as they could. I wish more women looked at cars in a positive way. So many of us expect our cars to work perfectly all the time and get mad when it doesn’t. That’s why I want to help busy drivers understand how cars work. It’s not hard. You just have to be mindful.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I like to begin with a big brainstorm of ideas — the more, the merrier — and then, try to connect topics or themes that relate. This process helps me make sense of the thoughts that run through my head. Feel free to try it.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Joe Marconi writes a great column about the business of running an auto shop at Ratchet + Wrench. Excited to share I’ll be writing for that website in the future, too. I’m also a big fan of short stories in general, which is why I aim to add a personal touch in my own writing.
What are you working on now?
I’m finishing up a print edition of “End Auto Anxiety,” which will include bonus content not present in the Kindle version. This action-packed glove box guide is coming soon to Amazon winter of 2015. Want to be the first to know when it’s available? Follow Women Auto Know on Facebook and Twitter.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I’ve got two big lists of email subscribers — one of auto shops and another of drivers — who receive auto safety and prevention tips in their inbox. Sound helpful? Sign up at www.WomenAutoKnow.com. Lots of those folks have already bought a copy, which helped “End Auto Anxiety” land the #1 position in the categories of Auto Safety and Education/Reference on Amazon.com.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
I know you’re afraid people will hate your book, but that’s a risk you have to accept. People have unique tastes about what they like to read. Don’t let their reactions bother you. Apply constructive criticism. Forget pointless negativity.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
“Early bird gets the worm.”
What are you reading now?
No books at the moment, trying to catch up on world events in the New York TImes
What’s next for you as a writer?
Publishing the print edition of “End Auto Anxiety,” then planning to launch volume 2 in winter of 2016. It’s going to be a busy and exciting year.
What is your favorite book of all time?
“Sassypants” – Tina Fey