Living Inside The Testimony by Betty Collier
1: What is the most productive time of the day for you to write?
Because writing is a passion and not my occupation, I have to write after-hours. If I had waited until I actually had time to write, it never would have happened. So I made time each day and squeezed in time whenever I could. I am probably one of the most sleep-deprived people you will ever meet, but when you are consumed and obsessed to write and share your story, you cannot sleep anyway. After I finished my “day job” as an RN, and my evening job as wife and mother (and ALL that entails) I would find myself in front of my laptop until 2:00AM every morning until the book was finished. It only took one month to write it, but that is because I was totally convinced that my new-found passion to share my journey of faith had to be put on paper immediately. Thoughts, words, paragraphs, and even whole chapters would come to me, and I had to get them down on paper before I lost them. My day would begin at 6:00AM being all the other things that I am, and end 20 hours later at 2:00AM being the one new thing that I discovered I had become.
2: Do you start your projects writing with paper and pen or is it all on the computer?
I started this book sitting in front of a blank computer screen, and simply typed the words “Chapter 1” and then I began.
3: What do you draw inspiration from?
I never considered myself a writer, and if you had asked me prior to January, 2009 if I would ever write a book, my answer would have immediately and adamantly been “absolutely not!” I never had a desire to write a book, and perhaps my honesty will make you wonder if the book is even worth reading. I can assure you…I AM A WRITER. I became one overnight, and in fact, I remember the exact night it happened. It was after midnight when January 9th turned into January 10th, the night I dreamed about this book. I am confident that if you allow me to share my journey with you, you will agree that I am indeed a writer. I wrote the book based on faith, well aware that not everyone would share my faith, but I wrote it to share my faith with those who choose to believe. I wrote the book to share my testimony of faith, hope, humor, romance and love. Testimonies are meant to encourage and inspire others, and I have been just as encouraged by my readers. As one reader told me, “It’s like being on a roller coaster. I didn’t know what to expect next. I was laughing on one page and crying on the next… This book is a masterpiece!”
4: Do you set yourself goals when you sit down to write such as word count?
No, I actually didn’t set any goals at all with this book. I simply wanted to get all the thoughts and ideas that were in my head typed in book format as quickly as possible. I had so many thoughts that I was afraid I would lose if I didn’t get the book done quickly.
5: Being a self published author how do you come up with your cover art?
I actually dreamed about the front cover of the book before I ever started writing. I devoted an entire chapter of the book to the cover page design because it was monumental in the overall writing process. It’s a remarkable story to read how the cover art actually came into existence. You can read all about it on my website at www.livinginsidethetestimony.com under the “Cover Design Wonderment” tab.
6: What drives you to choose the career of being a writer?
I wrote the book to share my testimony with others. We all live inside testimonies every day, without even realizing it, and our testimonies can help inspire and encourage others. When I wrote the book, not even my husband William realized we had been living inside a testimony all along, and we had been married 23 years when I wrote it. I guess when you live inside the testimony, it's hard for you to see it as a testimony, and you really don't appreciate it for what it is. That truly is the purpose for writing this book - to share my testimony because we are overcomers by the words of our testimonies.
7: Do you own an ebook reading devise?
I don’t have an ebook devise because I still prefer the old-fashioned way of reading. I like bound books that I can hold and turn the pages myself.
8: Who are some of your favorite authors and what are you reading now?
I really don’t have a favorite author, but I do enjoy inspirational books the most. Some of my favorites are Joyce Meyer, TD Jakes, Joel Osteen, and Stormie Omartian.
9: What do you think of book trailers and do you have any plans to have any?
Book trailers are wonderful visual aids to help promote and market your books. People like watching videos and going to movie theatres. The movie trailers really grab your attention, and much like the movie trailers, book trailers are a fantastic way to grab a reader’s attention. I have a book trailer posted on YouTube for this book, at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9R57Q3H954&feature=channel
10: What are you working on now that you can talk about?
My main goal now is to continue sharing the journey inside my testimony by promoting this book both on a virtual book tour, and hopefully a full-blown physical tour in select cities across the country. Additionally, I will debut my new internet radio talk show on www.webtalkradio.net November 15. The talk show is based on the book, and it’s entitled “Living Inside The Testimony with Betty Collier.”
Here is sneak peak at the show’s description: Get ready to remember this name: LIVING INSIDE THE TESTIMONY. Your life is never going to be the same. Host Betty Collier and her guests live each and every day inside the testimony. They will help you discover the inspiration that lies within all of us and prepare you to share it with others. Hear incredible stories of faith, hope, humor, romance and love, offering a source of inspiration and encouragement. Join Betty on this truly incredible journey of faith as if you, too, have been touched by an angel.
Tune in beginning November 15 to listen or play on demand and download the shows at www.webtalkradio.net
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Thank you very much for this interview and thank you to all the readers who took time to read it.