Hello RSJ family. Happy Birthday, to all of you born in the month of October. And Happy Halloween, as well. So, RSJ family it looks like we survived the heat of summer, and yes I know in a month or so we will once again be complaining about the cold of winter.
As usual the author interviews are always fun for me and I hope you enjoy them as well. Our interview this month is with Dwan Abrams.
Dyanne: Hello Dwan. Can you tell us a little bit about how you got started and about you?
Dwan: I am a lover of life! I want to eat it, drink it, and enjoy every good thing about it. I’m married to my best friend, and I’m the mother of a terrific little girl. Writing, for the most part, has been as much a part of my existence as breathing. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t write in some way, shape, or fashion.
Dyanne: What is the strangest thing that has happened to you since you began writing?
Dwan: At least one strange thing happens to me every day. Trying to pinpoint the strangest thing would be nearly impossible. I can say that I’ve had some extremely humbling experiences. For instance, I remember being on book tour in Philly, and a woman introduced herself to me and started crying. Of course, I was like, who’s trying to punk me? Where’s the camera? Well, there was no camera. The woman was just a loyal reader. I loved that! I’ll never forget that experience.
Dyanne: Ahh, that is so sweet. What is the one lesson you’ve learned in this business that you’re grateful for?
Dwan: I’ve learned that everybody is trying to make it.
Dyanne: What is the one secret that you have that you hope is never made public?
Dwan: Hahaha! That’s between me and God.
Dyanne: Oh darn. Okay, let’s try something else. I have the power to grant you one wish. What is your wish?
Dwan: To have wishes available to me whenever I need them for the rest of my life.
Dyanne: That’s exactly what I would have wished for. Dwan, as a traditionally published author, why did you decide to start your own publishing company?
Dwan: I decided to start Nevaeh Publishing, a small press independent publishing house, to help up and coming authors get their work noticed. There are so many talented authors out there who don’t have the money or know how to successfully self-publish, or don’t have the track record to get recognized by a major publishing house. What I decided to do was sign authors based on the merit of their work. Our company has grown, and we have 13 authors on the roster, and 9 books in print with 6 more slated for release by the end of the first quarter 2012. All of our titles are available in trade paperback and eBook formats. For a list of our current and upcoming releases, please visit http://www.nevaehpublishing.com/. We also have a fan page on Facebook under Nevaeh Publishing.
Dyanne: I’m wishing you the best of luck with your company and with your own personal career. You currently write inspirational fiction. Would you ever consider writing outside of that genre?
Dwan: When I write, I don’t like to think about a particular genre. I just write what I’m being led to write. To answer your question, I recently finished a writing collaboration with Author Brian W. Smith, and that book would be considered contemporary fiction. We have placed it with a suitable publisher, and the book is slated for a 2012 release date. It’s my first collaboration, and I think it’s my best book to date. The book was so much fun to write, and I fell in love with the characters. I felt a wide range of emotions as I wrote and read the story. I’m looking forward to its release.
Dyanne: What’s on your plate for the future?
Dwan: I recently finished my first writing collaboration! I’m so excited about this project. It’s outside of the genre in which I usually write, and the book will be released through a mainstream publisher in 2012. I’m also doing more ghostwriting and editing projects. At some point in the future I’d like to branch off into television and film.
Dyanne: Where can readers find you?
Dwan: Let’s see… http://www.dwanabrams.com/, http://dwanabrams.blogspot.com/, http://www.nevaehpublishing.com/, http://nevaehpublishing.blogspot.com/. Those are my web sites and blogs. I’m also on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn as Dwan Abrams. On FB I have two pages–one has reached the friend limit. So, if one is full, please try the other. If you follow me on Twitter, I’ll follow you back.
Authors and readers, book club members, anyone out there listening, let us know if you want to be interviewed, have a new book to recommend or have updated your website. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.orgDyanne