1. Tell me about yourself. Your book(s), your life, your inspiration.
Thanks for having me as your blog guest today. I'm an Amazon bestselling author, indie publisher, and a motivational speaker living in Tallahassee, Florida. I founded my publishing business, Amani Publishing in 2004, as a way to publish my first novel titled, Forgive Us This Day. I also co-founded the Tallahassee Authors Network in 2008. I write romance and women's fiction because that's mainly what I love to read. I have also written a few nonfiction books, a novella, short stories, and compiled several anthologies. My inspiration to write comes from my love for reading and wanting to share my own stories with others. In 2014, I revised and updated my first novel and republished it as a tenth anniversary edition which ended up being reviewed by USA Today.
2. Where do you see your writing taking you in the future?
I'm working on something different right now. It's a Young Adult series set in the seventies, during the time that I grew up in Arkansas. It's not a biography, but it's my way of documenting some of the things I experienced as a teen and how they're related to what teens are still experiencing today. So I see this series taking me into the schools and other places where I can share my stories with a younger audience and their families. I'm hoping this series will help bridge the gap between the generations and bring more understanding and tolerance for everyone.
3. How do you use your talents/time to help others?
I use my talent's and time to help other aspiring writers by hosting workshops, speaking at events, and publishing reference books that can help them become successful self-published authors. I just published the A-Z eBook series earlier this year to help new and seasoned authors expand their craft. The series includes: A-Z Writing Tips, A-Z Basic Editing Tips, and A-Z Marketing Tips. Each book is designed to be a motivational tool for helping authors achieve their writing goals. I've also hosted online chats as well as Q & A sessions designed to benefit writers and readers. I also volunteer in my community to help disadvantaged children and their families whenever necessary.
Where to find Barbara Joe Williams:
Amazon author's page: http://goo.gl/hCOkBb
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