What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
"How to Live with a Psychic" is my first book. Not to be dramatic, but it's like all of my personal and career experience converged to write this specific piece. It combines my personal strategies for successful relationships (which I worked hard to develop through my 20s and 30s), bolstered by my therapy training, with my firsthand experience of the paranormal and supporting my husband through the emergence of his very powerful psychic abilities.
I was relieved there was no book already on the market tackling this issue because I feel uniquely qualified to write about it from all of those angles.
What I find interesting is how many people are reading it just for the relationship advice, even if they don't have a psychic in their life. (Or I would say, they don't think they have a psychic in their life.) I'm thankful it's reaching a broader audience because I really do believe that most people could get something out of his book even if the subject seems narrow or unapplicable when reading the description.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Sometimes I have "great" ideas in the middle of the night and of course I've learned from experience that I won't remember in the morning so I reach over and grab the pen and notebook that I keep on my nightstand. In the morning, the notes are sometimes illegible so the idea is lost anyway, but oh well, at least writing it down lets me go back to sleep.
What are you working on now?
I'm currently working on a book about animal communication. It will incorporate how-to with case studies, so even animal lovers who aren't ready to try the psychic work yet should enjoy and learn from reading what dogs, cats, horses, ferrets, birds, and other pets have to say.
After that I want to write a non-fiction YA book about psychic ability, and I have another fairly heady book just swirling around in the idea phase about soul evolution.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I did one 90-day period of KDP Select with Amazon when I first released the book. That allowed me to run a short promotion where I gave the book away for free for a few days. I got 493 downloads in one weekend. I thought that was pretty good for a new author with such a niche topic.
Right now (as of 5/8/17) I'm running a limited time sale of $.99 (75% off the regular retail price of $3.99). This allows me to post the book on all of the "bargain book" promo sites that send out emails and post on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest to thousands of followers. I notice that on days my book is featured somewhere, my ebook sales show a spike on the chart. So this is clearly an effective strategy.
The bottom line, though, is when I am not actively promoting in some way or another, sales drop off. There's no way around that.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
My favorite piece of advice comes from Ricky Gervais, and it's about the best advice HE ever got! He said:
"The best advice I've ever received was: No one else knows what they're doing either."
Now of course that's hyperbole. We've all figured out how to do lots of things! But it's just a reminder to not feel like everybody else has everything figured out. We're the only ones struggling when we're endeavoring to do something new.
And I have to say, in terms of life, most people I know with any sort of ego strength can admit that at least part of the time, they're just "faking it" (career, parenting, writing, whatever). In my opinion, people who insist they have EVERYTHING figured out are either lying to themselves or us.
What are you reading now?
I lean heavily toward non-fiction. Right now I'm reading a book about Buddha's life and skimming through a few about health/nutrition. Because our lives revolve so much around metaphysics and the paranormal, a lot of what I read is focused on those topics, to keep up to date and be as learned as possible so I can help others. Plus I just think those topics are fun, so it's a business-and-pleasure situation.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I'd like to do radio interviews and figure out a way to turn my work into a traveling lecture series. But as a self-published writer, I have to plan, schedule, and execute every single step of this writing/publishing/promoting process myself, so only so much can get done each day.
What is your favorite book of all time?
I don't have a favorite, but I have ones that changed my life or at least significantly impacted my understanding of the world when I read them are:
The Chalice and the Blade by Riane Eisler
Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Brethnach
Who Rules America? by G. William Dornhoff
Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond