Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Author Interview: Barbara Joe Williams

Greetings!! Today I get to share my interview with one of my dearest author friends, bestselling author, Barbara Joe Williams. Read below to learn all about her and her wonderful books!!

Author Barbara Joe Williams

"After I turned forty and experienced a mid-life crisis, I decided to face my fears."

AT: Where are you from? 
BJW: I was born and raised in Rosston, Arkansas.

AT: Where do you live now?
BJW: Currently, I live in Tallahassee, Florida. I’ve been here since 1983.

AT: Did you always know you wanted to be a writer? 
BJW: Yes, I’ve always wanted to write, but I was afraid to try. After I turned forty and experienced a mid-life crisis, I decided to face my fears.

AT: When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book? 
BJW: I started writing my first novel titled, Forgive Us This Day, in November 2003. Two months later, I had over two hundred pages. I shared it with ten friends and family members. They all loved it, and later on, I decided to get an editor to help me further develop the story. It was self-published in November 2004.

AT: How did you choose the genre you write in? 
BJW: Romance was an easy choice for me because that’s mainly all I’ve ever enjoyed reading. I also love reading stories about strong women so my books are classified as romance and women’s fiction.

AT: Where do you get your ideas? 
BJW: All of my ideas have come from everyday living and some of the people that I’ve met during my travels. I love writing about realistic characters and storylines.

AT: Name one book that you would categorize as a life changing read. 
BJW: It would have to be I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou. I grew up in rural Arkansas like she did, and that book motivated me make my professional dreams come true. I still have my paperback copy after all these years.

AT: Who is your favorite author? 
BJW: My favorite author is Terry McMillan. Ever since I read Waiting to Exhale, she’s been my favorite.

AT: Name one book you wish you’d written. 
BJW: Waiting to Exhale. I would be rich today and living on the beach in California.

AT: Tell us about your latest book. 
BJW: My latest eBook is titled, A Cup of Barbara Joe. This book is a collection of things I’ve learned about life, marriage, motherhood and people from over fifty years of living. Some of these discernments and experiences have been shared on social media, but most of them have not. Find a comfortable reading chair and enjoy a strong cup of Barbara Joe.  

AT: How can readers connect with you?
BJW: I’m on Facebook and Twitter, but I also have a website and Amazon page. 

Please visit my Amazon Author’s Page for more details:

AT: What advice would you give to aspiring authors? 
BJW: My motto is this: Writing is a hobby, but publishing is a business. Therefore, I would advise authors to learn as much as they can about the publishing industry before stepping (or jumping) into it. Once you’re published, you’re an entrepreneur. It’s up to you to market your product to the best of your abilities or hire someone who can.

Thanks for the interview. My next nonfiction eBook release is February 5 titled, A-Z Marketing Tips: A Motivational Guide to Selling Your Products. CLICK HERE to pre-order your copy today!

The next fiction eBook release is February 12 titled, Holiday Hotel 2: A Valentine’s Day story.

Quality books. All the time for $2.99 or less. 

AT: I have personally read both A Cup of Barbara Joe and A-Z Marketing Tips. They are both MUST READS!! Grab a copy today!!