A warm welcome to Debby Gies, whose blog was recently one of my ‘must follow’ blogs of 2017. Over to you, Debby.
What is the name of your book and what inspired you to write it?
My latest book is titled, P.S. I Forgive You, and although it’s a standalone book, it was written as closure to Conflicted Hearts, which is about my journey from childhood through my adult life living under the psychological rule of my narcissistic mother. P.S. I Forgive You is about finding an understanding about what propelled my mother to act as she did, and my struggle to let go of the guilt inbred in me and discovering a path to forgive her upon her death, and myself for becoming an absent daughter.
How long did it take you to write the book?
I began writing P.S. I Forgive You a few months before my mother died in late 2014 while I was working on my other book, Have Bags, Will Travel, which I published first then finished P.S. I Forgive You in summer of 2016. It’s sometimes difficult to track timeframes in my writing because I tend to be writing two books at the same time. I like the versatility of working on two projects at once, just as I enjoy reading two books at the same time, allowing me to read or write depending on the mood and mindset I’m in.
Whom do you think your book appeals to?
That’s an interesting question, Hugh. Often we write books geared toward a particular audience. I intended to write the book for a mature, female audience who may have encountered similar issues they could identify with in their own lives. But it turns out, I’ve gained some younger generation readers as well as several male readers. Sometimes our intentions can reach out further than our originally anticipated intentions. This is a good thing.
Do you have any plans for a follow-up book?
I’d have to say this is the final book in that realm of my memoirs. All my books are written in memoir or essays on situations I’ve encountered in life, so any future books will have the same premise, although more current subject matter. I think my next book or two will be based more on relationships, ageing, and more about building a self-esteem.
How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing ever since I learned how to write. Growing up unable to voice my opinions led me to pen and paper as tools to sort out my thoughts and observations. I used to write short poems, notes and cards for friends and loved ones when I was a child. Eventually, my writing turned into journaling about life and my grievances about growing up in a broken home. Later in my twenties, I began writing about finding myself, and my path to building up my non-existent self-esteem.
Where do your ideas about stories come from?
All my stories are written from my own experiences – trials and tribulations, discoveries, and overcoming.
When and where (and how often) do you write?
I write every day. It may not always be book writing, but I’ll be writing blog posts, journaling about recent discoveries, writing for interviews or book reviews, or just using writing prompts to keep the creative juices flowing or to help with writer’s block. The trick is to be writing. Using our writing muscles every day keeps our minds sharp and remembering writing rules. I write at home. I can’t write in public places with noise and goings on, I’m too easily sidetracked. I can’t have any music or distractions when I write.
What do you think the future holds for you and your book? What plans do you have for future books?
I wish I had a crystal ball. I think the possibilities of where my career will go are endless, depending on how far I push my limits – and with a little luck. Exposure is key for all of us writers, keeping up a social web presence, and interacting with readers. I began to notice my following grow immensely this past year, so my platform building is finally beginning to pay off. This year I’d like to get myself more involved with doing videos and perhaps a podcast show to grow my audience. I currently have outlined two new writing projects, which should keep me quite busy in 2017.
What three pieces of advice would you give to someone who wants to write and publish a book?
- Write every day and read many books. Read other genres to get a different feel for different styles of writing.
- Follow some of the pioneers in the publishing industry and other bloggers who keep us current with what’s happening in our industry.
- Writing and publishing are like any other business, you can’t start a successful business without injecting some cash. That said, besides writing quality material, the two most important elements that help sell books are good editing and quality book covers.
Thank you so much, Hugh, for inviting me over to your wonderful blog today. I feel honored to be one of your chosen authors to have her book featured on your page.
D.G. Kaye BIO:
I’m a nonfiction memoir writer who writes about life, matters of the heart and women’s issues. I write to inspire others by sharing my stories about events I encountered, and the lessons that come along with them.
I love to laugh and self-medicate with a daily dose of humor. When I’m not writing intimate memoirs, you’ll find me writing with humor in some of my other works and blog posts.
When I was a young child, I was very observant of my surroundings. Growing up in a tumultuous family life, otherwise known as a broken home, kept me on guard about the on-and-off-going status of my parents’ relationship. I often wrote notes and journaled about the dysfunction that I grew up in. By age seven I was certain I was going to grow up to be a reporter.
Well, life has a funny way of taking detours. Instead, I moved away from home at eighteen with a few meager belongings and a curiosity for life. I finished university and changed careers a few times, as I worked my way up to managerial positions. My drive to succeed at anything I put my mind to led me to have a very colorful and eventful life.
Ever the optimist, that is me. I’ve conquered quite a few battles in life; health and otherwise, and my refusal to accept the word No, or to use the words ‘I can’t’ have kept me on a positive path in life.
I love to tell stories that have lessons in them and hope to empower others by sharing my own experiences.
Connect with me!
My website: http://www.dgkayewriter.com
Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/author/dgkaye7
About me: http://www.wiseintro.co/dgkaye7
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/@pokercubster (yes there’s a story)
Do you have any questions for Debby? Leave them in the comments section, and she’ll get back to you.
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