Interview With Young Adult Author Kimberly Sabatini
- What inspired you to write it? My dad passed away about seven years ago and it really motivated me to make sure that I didn't lead a life of regrets. I realized that I had too many un-chased dreams. Being scared of everything wasn't going to improve the quality of my life, but being brave just might. Writing was a dream of mine that I'd always been to afraid to pursue, but it also ended up being a way for me to grow and change by exploring my questions and feelings. The whole process has brought so much to my life and while I miss my dad everyday, I like to think that he'd be very proud of me right now.
- What are the rewards/challenges to the writing process? By far, the most rewarding thing I've experienced is all the amazing people I've gotten to know in the world of writing. I think of my writing and book friends as my tribe and I don't know how I'd lived so long without them in my life. The biggest challenges for me are being a mom of three boys while trying to write. (They always want to be fed and although they don't demand it, they really do need clean underwear. LOL!) Additionally, I find it's tough to hold steady with my writing process. I've finally learned what works for me as a writer, but it's hard not to compare myself to all the other highly successful authors out there. I have to focus hard on following my true north because I know that's my journey.
- Any advice for a struggling writer? Besides following your own "true north," I think it's really important to act professionally and to start building your platform long before you are ready to sell a book. Many people feel uncomfortable with this, but when you build a platform, you are actually inserting yourself into the writing community. The best way to sell your book is to help promote the books of your peers, support book bloggers and be involved with publishing community. If you become someone who gives more than they take, I can assure you that when it is your turn to shout your good news from the rooftops--there will be a very supportive group of people yelling with you.
- Where do you see book publishing heading? I believe good stories will never go away and the method of delivery doesn't really matter.
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