Author Spotlight – LaWanda Marrero

1) First, I want to thank you for taking the time to do this interview with me!  When did you know that writing is what you were called to do? What is it about being a writer that you love the most?

I knew that writing was a great love of mine about age 12. I used to write so many poems, Science fiction stories, and plays. I had a great imagination and a need to escape me and be anyone else but myself during that time the trauma of life. Over the years I would just journal, journal, journal. As I matured I found myself always writing poems for obituaries. Writing creates the opportunity to enlarge my thinking and give me room to exhale, deal with frustration, pain, and the heaviness of the world. What I love most is the transparency and being able, to be honest, and upfront about who I am my journey in life as it is happening.

2) What about being a writer frustrates you the most?

I think the thing that frustrates me the most about writing is sometimes I can be such a procrastinator and have very minimum marketing skills.

3) Can you tell us a little about your book(s) and where our readers can find out more about them and you? 

I have engaged in a few book anthologies so some of the books have to be brought through me but My Love Was blind is on Amazon and Marie’s Treasure Chest is on lulu. I am in the midst of developing a website that books can be ordered from. I like to think reading my work that I am an open book and sometimes my stories are very relevant to my life experiences to share with others.

4) Where do you draw your inspiration from for the stories that you manage to weave together and the characters that you create?

Chapter titles I am given, people placed in my life to assist me with my development and I just have a great imagination.

5) Do you have a schedule for when you write?  Do you outline your novels?  How long does it generally take you to finish a novel?  What projects are you currently working on?

I generally try to write something every other day I use the memo pad on my phone to talk text, sometimes it is just a series of thoughts that come to my head that comes together in a time when I’m working with other people there is a deadline, However, I have been somewhat slow in writing my own personal material except for My Love was Blind was written in about a week of nonstop writing. I am currently working on completing My mother who passed away book My Life is nothing Personal and Neither is Yours and Let Him Tell It, and revision of Alice N Crackland

6) What’s the first book you ever read that really moved you emotionally?  Who is your favorite author to read?  What book are you currently reading?

To be honest my earliest memories of reading the Bible to my great grandmother. I think my favorite book to read is the Bible, I get caught up in the stories that I coach other authors to write. I don’t have a favorite author but my favorite movie cam from a written book and that Is the Notebook

7) What has been your most significant achievement as a writer thus far? Where do you see yourself within your career in the next five years?

My greatest achievement is the ability to assist other authors in bringing out the story that lies within them. In five years it is my expectation to retire from my straight job as a therapist and do my writing and exercise my life insurance license as an agent as well to let my community know about the importance of living benefits.

8) How have you dealt with rejection within your writing career? What is your advice for other writers to better be able to cope or navigate their way through the publishing process, be it traditional or self-publishing?

I would say write your material and then seek publishing avenues get with people who are self-publishers take a course do it yourself or find someone to do it for you. Get help.

9) Do you find it hard to juggle the creative side of being a writer against the business side of being a writer, in terms of marketing and promotion and things of that nature? How hard has it been (or easy) for you to build up your author platform?

I am an author, not a marketer and yes this has been difficult for me. I get the writing in, I speak when asked to do so but I am not on any social media platform seriously, so just like I am reaching out for help in those areas that are barriers for me I would tell authors to do the same get help. Don’t let the creativity of your writing stop. Sometimes what you don’t know or can’t do can cause you to get overwhelmed but I am a believer that the universe will provide.

10) What unique quality is there about you, about your art, that you feel represents your authenticity?  How does writing help you to be more empowered in your purpose?

Writing is healing and I write at the moment without hesitation about the circumstances and experiences that I have even if it is fresh I want to share it for others to use as tools.

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