Monday, April 8, 2019

Author Tip - Stop and Smell the Roses

April 8, 2019

I am getting excited because this weekend holds a special place in my family. I am an Aries as in my husband, one daughter, and my granddaughter and we celebrate it by holding a Crawfish Boil and swim party. Also, on Sunday is New Orleans annual French Quarter Festival where the wonderful Rockin Dopsie Jr. and the Zydeco Twisters are one of the featured acts. Both activities are fun. Take a look at Rockin Dopsie in this video below.

To prepare for the Crawfish Boil, I have been cleaning my house like crazy and somehow my husband convinced me to repaint the foyer and all the trim. It took me days, but the house and yard are ready.

Immediately after these two big events, I travel to Los Angeles for several interviews, a book signing, and I leave on the Royal Princess for a cruise. I invite everyone to the book signing. The information is below.

Today's writer's tip is very simple, but difficult at the same time and it comes from one Pastor Shirley Lucas Cain, author of Beauty Grown From a Concrete Life: Blossoming in my Greatness. I had the honor of being her developmental editor and publisher with Absolute Author Publishing House. I made a call to her on a Saturday and she said, "You are still working? Everyone needs a break to refuel." She was right. I think often as authors we get carried away with our writing so much that we tend to overlook other areas in our lives. That is not good for you healthwise, nor is it good on your brain. So, I took Pastor Shirley's advice and quit for the weekend and rested my mind. Therefore, the Author Tip for this blog is to stop and smell the roses and take care of yourself. Everyone needs to get refreshed

Now I want to introduce you to a new author friend of mine. I think you will find her interview fascinating. Meet Vanessa Kin and her book The Road Less Traveled.


Name of Book: The Road Less Traveled
Year Published: 2019
Publisher: Communications DNA LLC





Tell your readers a little about yourself. Where you grew up, where you live now, where you went to school etc. Let them get to know the personal you.

I hold a Master’s degree in Physics, but my heart has always been with people. Even though I loved science, especially geometry and maths, I have always felt a deep pull for understanding others and helping them in the most various subjects. I write since I know myself as a person. I have won several writing contests since elementary and I knew sooner or later I would dedicate myself to pursue my writing dream in life!

What inspired you to write this book?

I find that in our world, we are conditioned from an early age to believe that we have to fight others to get somewhere in life. Many people think that competitors are enemies, that we are meant to destroy them. All these beliefs create unnecessary disagreements and conflicts and total oblivion about one’s emotions and feelings at times. All of this because I see things in a different manner have propelled me to put in words part of my knowledge about this subject in the hope of helping many in the world to understand themselves and others a little bit better and also to motivate and inspire those who feel the same way I do in trusting that they are not alone in the world!

Where did you get the inspiration for your book’s cover?

I think this photo of me is related to the title… eh eh..

Who has been the biggest influence on you personally and as a writer?

Personally: my father. As a writer, I think myself. My father has always been a peacemaker and always tried to understand others. He is an excellent orator and a man of words and of the word. I’ve watched since early age my father dealing with people. I think he was born emotional intelligent. His traits have a deep influence in me, in my way of being, in my values and what I think.

As a writer I will have to say myself, because many times I have felt lost in my life, completely lost, and writing was always in me, it took me a lot of strength and courage to not be ashamed of my own ideas, even if at times they are a little different than other people’s ideas. I have always been the only reliable motivator I have.

What were your struggles or obstacles you had to overcome to get this book written?

My whole life. I have always loved peace and agreements, but we know the world is set up to have people believing fighting is the only way. How do you survive believing in many ways when everybody around you looms at you as if you are the exception? It’s hard. However, I always managed to find a peaceful way through all the turmoil and turbulence so I think I’ve developed that muscle and now I felt I was ready to help many others by sharing about it.

Tell your readers about your book.

The Road Less Traveled is about emotional intelligence and emotionally intelligent leadership. This concept was developed in the 90s and has been given great projection in recent years. For many centuries, we have been looking at emotions and feelings as a weakness, but they are what make us as us. This book brings understanding about the importance of these concepts in our lives and work, explains the structure of generic disagreements and presents different possible solutions to them so that agreements are attainable and therefore conflicts are preventable and prevented.


Who is your target audience and why?

My book is for everybody who would like to know more about emotions, for everybody who manages groups of people and wants to do so in a more effective way and for everybody who already lives in such a way and feels like the exception in this world!

If you were going to give one reason for anyone looking at your book to read, why should they buy it?

Understanding. It will allow them to understand others better and why they act and react the way they do. It will bring understanding about how disagreements start and how we can appropriately manage them to reach agreements through negotiations instead of living among conflicts or unsolvable and unsolved issues.

What do you consider your greatest success in life?

To represent others often. I truly love doing it and feel very happy when I’m appointed to do it by others.

Everyone has life lessons to learn, tell your readers one or two of yours and how they make you the person you are today.

I have never thought that some people would utilize hate or hatred as fuel and motivation in their lives. However, through experience, I have observed that that is a reality for a significant portion of humanity. I had to learn that at times some people do not strive for peace or agreement. I have learned a lot with them, and in part, they have made write this book, so that in the future more people seek for understanding others instead of attempting to misunderstand them.

What one unique thing sets you apart from other writers in your genre?

I am not into cut-throat competition. I value every single writer out there. Because they are unique. We all are. They have a different set of experiences in life, so any comparison makes no sense to me. I think we are all different and we all have our own value. I wish them all great success!
Tell your readers anything else you want to share.
I am truly grateful for this opportunity. Thank you! I want to tell everybody that I am up to answer any questions they may have and also I am looking forward to receiving comments, suggestions, and ideas! Please know I’m very communicative and would love to be connected with you all starting now! Be yourself and let’s keep on going!


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