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? What about being a writer frustrates you the most?
I knew I was called to write when God started to wake me up in the middle of the night and put poems in my heart. These were poems of breakthrough and emotional healing. I knew it was meant for me to share them with others.
I love being that God can use me in this way, and it is therapeutic for me to write. I love the process of how it all comes together.
What frustrates me the most about writing is finding the time. Once I find the time, I just love how it flows and comes together through Christ.
2) Can you tell us a little about your book(s) and where our readers can find out more about them and you?
I have written Breakthrough Book of Poems and Prayers and Arise Devotional Book. Breakthrough centers a lot around emotional healing and areas such as forgiveness, rejection, and restoration. Arise centers around awakening to the new in Christ and really stepping into your purpose.
Readers can find out about me at www.FeliciaEdmond.com.
My Social Media is Felicia Edmond, Author and Speaker
My books are also found on Amazon
3) Where do you draw your inspiration from for the stories that you manage to weave together and the characters that you create?
I find my motivation from the Lord as a Christian. God will usually put in my heart Devotionals about something I have overcome and what I have seen people overcome in life. I am motivated to encourage people to have hope, never give up and walk with purpose.
4) 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 usually write as the Lord moves on my heart and then I schedule a time to put everything together. It usually takes a few months to finish the devotionals that I write. I am also a co-author in three anthologies. The visionary author Rev Allison Daniels just released Woman Be Free in January. My chapter in the book is called Freed by His Love.
5) 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?
The books that really motivated me early on were Joyce Meyers and TD Jakes books. These books really helped me in my walk with God and in emotional healing. I loved Joyce Meyer’s Root of Rejection and Beauty for Ashes and TD Jakes’s Woman Thou Art Loosed. I am currently reading a book by John Eckhardt called Break Every Chain.
6) 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 most significant achievement is when I hear feedback that a devotional entry or a poem has touched someone’s heart and that it motivates them to keep going or to grow spiritually. That is when I know God is using me through writing.
I see myself in 5 years writing additional books that can help others such as books on purpose and Believing. I also hope to be a visionary author for an anthology one day.
7) 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 have dealt with rejection when the sales were not as prevalent as I wanted and when I wanted to have my book in a local Christian bookstore, and they did not have an interest in new authors. I heard a preacher say that God always has another move. My motivation is don’t let rejection stop you. I always look forward to God opening new doors. Although my books did not reach that particular store, I will be blessed to share them on various platforms. So keep going and doing the writing God has called you to do. He will make a way. And even with sales, just because the book does not sell strongly immediately, your book is written on various platforms, and there is always an opportunity for more promotion and sales in the future.
8) 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 find it difficult at times when it comes to promotion and marketing. With the writing side, the business side and creativity flow together pretty well. I work with AGD Publishing, the publishing and editing go well, and I am still able to use my creativity.
Marketing and Promoting are challenging at times because it takes a lot of time to devote to marketing and promoting my books and staying engaged on social media. The key is to make a schedule and use the schedule to balance marketing with everything else. I may schedule to go live on social media to discuss my book weekly or monthly.
9) 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?
My unique quality is that I love to write about emotional healing issues and provide Christ-centered solutions. My field is counseling. have a Masters in Counseling and I am working on my licensure. I am able to tie in items that will be effective in healing mentally into my writing.
10) How can readers find you and your books?
Readers can find me at www.FeliciaEdmond.com
Also on Amazon
And my Facebook and Instagram
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