Caline Stroter, Friend Extraordinaire and World Traveler
Q: WAS IT HARD TO WRITE THE BOOK?
Q: WHERE DID THE BOOK COVER ORIGINATE FROM?
A: The book title.
Q: RESEARCH, WAS IT EASY OR DIFFICULT TO DO?
A: I enjoy researching so it wasn’t difficult at all.
Q: WHAT'S YOUR NEXT PROJECT (BOOK)?
A: To get two completed manuscripts published: Sunset Into Dark about Multiple Sclerosis and Calm After The Storm about the hardships same sex couples experience before and after adoption of a child. I’m currently working on two manuscripts: Peace After The Storm about fibromyalgia and Quiet After The Storm about survivors of dramatic change.
Q: WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THE BOOK?
A: My goal is to reach a large number of people who might benefit from learning about lupus.
Q: HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE CHARACTERS, THEIR NAMES, and THEIR LIFESTYLES?
A: Characters: Bits and pieces of people in my life or who have crossed my life make up my characters.
Names: When I began the book, the characters didn’t have names but as they evolved and took on personalities, their names just came out of the blue.
Lifestyles: As the characters developed, I saw them in certain settings.
Q: THE BOOK TITLE, HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH IT?
A: So often in our lives we can’t see beyond the dark. However, if we hang-on, we’ll see the light that comes after the dark. It is the darkest just before dawn thus The Dark Before The Light At Dawn.
Morris Davis, USAF, Brother Extraordinaire, and Video Producer
Q: WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO WRITE AT THIS POINT IN YOUR LIFE?
A: I’ve always wanted to write and become published but didn’t quite know how to go about it. After my second lupus episode I decided it was time to achieve goals. Achieving smaller goals made me ready to take the plunged into achieving larger goals and the largest one so far was writing a book and getting it to readers.
Q: WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO GAIN FROM THIS?
A: For people to recognize the symptoms and get to a doctor.
Q: IS THIS A BIG DEAL FOR YOU?
A: Yes it is.
Q: IS IT GOING AS YOU IMAGINED?
A: Better then I imagined.
Q: HOW MANY BOOKS DO YOU NEED TO WRITE TO BE CONSIDERED FAMOUS?
A: I was famous before I started to write. Subsequently, I don’t know how many books an author has to sell before being considered famous.
Q: WHAT DO YOUR KIDS THINK ABOUT YOU BEING PUBLISHED?
A: They think it’s great!
Q: HOW DO YOU WANT TO BE REMEMBERED?
A: Vannessagrace knew how to enjoy life and lived every day doing so.
Barbara Johnson, Director of Operations/ Palm Coast Florida Courier Newspaper, Friend
Q: HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO WRITE THE BOOK AND GET IT PUBLISHED?
A: One month to write the story. Three years from edit to sellable product.
Q: CAN YOU RECOMMEND ANY SHORT CUTS FOR WRITERS WANTING TO BECOME PUBLISHED?
A: There aren’t any short cuts I’m aware of. I can recommend that you read ~ read ~ and read some more. Don’t limit your research to the Internet! Spend a lot of time in the library researching. When the library staff starts calling you by name and asking what you’re researching today, then you’ll know you’re spending the right amount of time there.
Q: HAS ANYTHING CHANGED SINCE YOU SELF-PUBLISHED?
A: I work harder selling my book then I did writing it or working on any job.
Q: HOW MUCH CAPITAL DOES ONE NEED FROM START TO FINISH?
A: That depends upon your goals and how much you want to invest in your success.
Q: WHO ARE YOUR BIGGEST SUPPORTERS?
A: Everyone who buys my book.