Zoey Kinsman interview with David Alan Binder
Post date: Jun 5, 2016 3:25:53 PM
Zoey Kinsman interview with David Alan Binder
Her bio from her website (shortened): Zoey Kinsman has written extensively both professionally and personally for years and now transitions into publishing with her new & exciting novel A Certain Connection. Her joy of writing fiction lies in the genre of romance, woman’s contemporary issues, living and learning.
Zoey has immense expertise writing for organizational and growth management and is a professional with experience in for front line programming, human resources, community partnerships, customer quality service, and finance, grant-writing/reporting with duties that also include the creation of policies and procedures and stakeholder relations. Zoey, as well, has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Social Work and a Master’s in Public Management. She is an executive professional with expertise in child, youth and parent counseling.
Look for Zoey’s new novel Beckoned By The Mist coming later in 2016
1. How do you pronounce your name (only answer if appropriate)?
Zoe with a “y”.
2. Where are you currently living?
I currently reside in the Greater Toronto Area.
3. What is the most important thing that you have learned in your writing experience, so far?
I learned to become more patient and kind to myself as a writer. Words and inspiration come on their own terms and not always when you call for them. However, the more you write, the more they come.
Be in awe of what you do.
I’ve learned that I’m grateful for the opportunity to be a wordsmith. I absolutely love working with words and hoping that at the end of the process something magical happens.
4. What would you say is your most interesting writing, publishing, editing or illustrating quirk?
I love to find appropriate places to quote from other literature or other artists. For example, I’ve used a few lines of a poem from Tennyson and the words from Love Song by The Cure.
5. Tell us your insights on self-publish or use a publisher?
I would definitely recommend finding a publisher first.
a. Who is the name of your publisher and in what city are they?
My novel is placed with World Castle Publishing. They are in Pensacola, Florida. Great people!
6. Any insights eBooks vs. print books and alternative vs. conventional publishing?
EBooks are what’s very “now” and probably in the future. However there is still nothing like the weight of a good book in your hands. I think its individual taste. I predominantly use an E-Reader but still occasionally like a good hardcover or paperback book.
7. Do you have any secret tips for writers on getting a book published?
No. Just persevere if it’s important to you and don’t give up.
8. Do you have any suggestions or helps for new writers (please be specific and informational as possible)?
They say you should write what you know best. But I think you should write what you feel very passionate about. The passion will drive the writing forward.
They also say that the most famous writers wrote in the morning and before noon. Write when the inspiration comes and don’t look at the clock.
Write, rewrite, edit, edit, rewrite, edit, edit, rewrite, polish, polish, polish! And then some!
9. What was one of the most surprising things you learned your creative process with your books, editing, publishing or illustrating?
That when I thought I was really done, there was always another edit in me!
I learned that the publishing business is a very tough business. The market is saturated right now with books and choices for people to read. So I understand “rejections” better knowing that there are only so many new authors whom agents and/or publishing companies are willing to gamble on. I learned not to take rejection personally even though it does really sting! Shake it off, dust yourself off and just keep going if you believe in your writing.
10. How many books have you written?
2.75 books and lots of poetry.
11. Do you have any tricks or tips to help others become a better writer (please be as specific and information as you possibly can)?
Ask yourself what is the story over and over. Write it on a piece of paper. Open up MSWord and write it. When the story comes, you’ll be on your way.
12. Do you have any suggestions for providing twists in a good story?
Your imagination is an invaluable tool. Use it. Use it often. I love to conjure up stories in my mind and then turn them into plot twists. There’s a sense of fun in that.
13. What makes your or any book stand out from the crowd?
A CERTAIN CONNECTION: It’s a new take on an old subject. It's in the message. There is always a call for repetition regarding messages of empowerment, hope and resiliency; messages that serve as reminders in the ever- difficult and troubling times we live in. A Certain Connection is primarily focused on a strong female voice who makes us journey down her own personal road with her, as if friend. And as such, we look at how it compares to our own struggles. As well, it shouldn't be overlooked that the male counterpart has a story to tell of choice, ambition and loving beyond the boundaries. These two richly described characters are the reflection of many of us! The ideas of love and commitment and the struggle necessary to get to the happily ever after remain timeless and universal.
14. What are some ways in which you promote your work?
I have a web-site: www.zkinsman.com
My book is on Amazon at: http://amzn.to/1QiC15u
I’m on Twitter: @ZoeyKinsman
I’m on Facebook: Zoey Kinsman
I’m on GoodReads: Zoey Kinsman
15. What is the one thing you would do differently now (concerning writing or editing or publishing or illustrating) and why?
I don’t think I would do anything differently. It’s been and hopefully will continue to be a great learning experience.
16. What saying or mantra do you live by?
Pay it Forward!
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