Tell us about yourself and your books.:
Stenetta Anthony, graduated from Grand Canyon University with a B.A. in Leadership Educational Studies. As a former elementary school educator, Stenetta often had a passion for storytelling. Being in the classroom afforded her the opportunity to share her skills of reinventing many well-known stories After 20 + years of sharing other people tales, she decided to create her own stories, with her classroom being her first audience. Stenetta is a: wife, mother, and grandmother. Her favorite past-time is watching cartoons and Jeoporary. One of her beloved quotes comes from Mary Poppins: “ In every job, there must be an element of fun.”
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I would say my most unusual writing habit would be; would be to have post-its everywhere.
What authors have influenced you?
There have been several authors who have influenced me over the years. John C. Maxwell, because he writes books that are particular for everyone. Bishop T. D. Jakes, he is diverse in his writing from religious to a daily lifestyle. Dr. Seuss, I just love rhythms and Edgar Allen Poe.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
The advice I would give to new authors is to be patient. Writing is a process storytelling and it can take years to finish one book. Also, I would tell authors to begin marketing their, earlier than later. Remind yourself that I am a writer, not just a person who scribbles using pen and paper.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
The best advice I heard was: it doesn’t matter how you start, but how you finish.
What are you reading now?
Currently, I’m reading a book giving to me by a friend, entitled: Soar! Build Your Vision from the Ground Up by T.D. Jakes; it is a book on steps for building a successful business.
What’s your biggest weakness?
My biggest weakness is anything sweet. I have a huge sweet tooth.
What is your favorite book of all time?
Little Engines Can Do Big Things by Britt Allcroft (children's book of course).
What has inspired you and your writing style?
Many of my days have been spent in a classroom setting. With most of the inspiration coming from young children, they are so truthful. Parts of a book which I may be currently working on might be shared, with them telling if they like it or not. You have to be prepared for their answers whether your book is good or bad.
What are you working on now?
I ’m currently working on a sequel to A Home for Sally. The ending left you hanging.
What is your method for promoting your work?
There is no one method used for promoting my work: social media, in-person, email, visits to bookstores, schools it primarily depends on the type of book that was written and published.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Next for me is continuing to promote A Home for Sally which was just released this week.
How well do you work under pressure?
I would say I work well under pressure. However, it sometimes depends on the type of pressure I am under. Lateness is a pressure that I do not well.
How do you decide what tone to use with a particular piece of writing?
Decisions for the tone of writing is done by listening to children and their views.