Dear Readers, Today we have Shereen Faltas , Author of the book “The Coolest Quote Book Eva”
What were you like at school?
I got along with everyone, and excelled at extracurriculars like dance, soccer & track, but didn’t particularly feel like I fit in. I was very well liked by every group in school, I just felt like I liked them all back and preferred not to pick one group to associate myself with. The popular kids seemed to take this as rejection and kind of started hating me for it, and I never understood why I did this at the time, but I later figured out that it’s because I’m a rebel =) I didn’t like the idea that one chosen group got to make other groups feel “in” or “out” according to their whims. I felt people are so much more valuable and interesting than that and didn’t like to associate myself with that type of high school mentality. So I was kind of just a floater. A very popular floater, but a floater none the less.
Were you good at English?
I was born and raised in Socal so yes.
What are your ambitions for your writing career?
I have written The Coolest Quote Book Eva and will soon write my second book entitled Awaken The Rebel. I look forward to this one becoming a bestseller.
Which writers inspire you?
Tom Robbins for fiction, but I’m definitely a self help junkie =) I am inspired by Maya Angelou, Oprah, and Tony Robbins.
So, what have you written?
The Coolest Quote Book Eva was my first book, and I have a blog on www.AwakenTheRebel.com as well as a vlog series entitled ShereenTV
Where can we buy or see them? (* include American, European and any other relevant links. Free, free promotions or prices can be included) My book can be found on amazon: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=the%20coolest%20quote%20book%20eva
What are you working on at the minute?
I tend to coach people through my Rebel Forever Membership that helps them to write their own books, and start their own businesses to create the life of their dreams. So I am working on more content for my members, and actively coaching them towards their desired lives.
What draws you to this genre?
I love self help because I am a self proclaimed self help junkie. I really can’t help but be fascinated with the human condition and how we can evolve not only into our best selves, but to contribute to the world on a grander scale and live as optimally as we possibly can.
When did you decide to become a writer?
I never thought of myself as a writer, but I definitely have thought of myself as a leader. When I started the Awaken The Rebel movement all of a sudden I knew that in order to be pumping thoughts of value into the world that I’d need to write. I also had a night of insomnia when I had the looming fear of, “What if I never write a book and just have a mediocre life?” This thought plagued me and I knew I had to write my first book FAST. Even if it was just a quote book 😉
Why do you write?
I write to share, to express, to bless others, to entertain, and to bring joy.
What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?
My night of insomnia did the trick 🙂
Do you write full-time or part-time?
Part time, my other time is spent coaching my clients, or at meetings etc.
Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?
I tend to like to write in the weeee hours of the morning when I first wake up.
Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?
I write on a laptop computer
Where do the your ideas come from?
From life, from people, from experiences, from pain, from inspiration =)
How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?
I have grown to think of myself as less of an entrepreneur and a writer, and more as a creative artistic creature.
What is the hardest thing about writing?
Getting myself to sit still for long enough to create something that I believe truly encompasses the ideals I want to put forward. I tend to be a busy body, but when I do sit down and write it an exquisite experience for my soul.
What is the easiest thing about writing?
That it allows you to have a voice, and everyone has a voice. So it’s so fun and easy to let that voice emerge out of you and see what comes out.
Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?
Go on a vacation, or go on a weekend away with your writing tools. I think getting away is genius therapy for the mind, body, and soul as well as an opener of ideas.
For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?
I prefer traditional books because I can’t focus or relax when electronics are around.
What book/s are you reading at present?
I just came back from my honeymoon and I read Letter to my Daughter by Maya Angelou, Get Gone by Gillian Flynn, and Angelina: an unauthorized biography by Andrew Morton. I decided on my vacation that I would take a self help break and read these books instead. Since I got home I started reading Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey because I am back on the self help kick again.
Tell us about the cover/s and how it/they came about.
I worked with my past client and graphic designer Jamie on it and she was wonderful. Her company is called Fresh Press Studios and she takes great care of me. Tell her I sent you and she will take good care of you too.
Do you think that the cover plays an important part in the buying process?
Yes! A lot of people are visual buyers and won’t buy something unless it looks good.
How are you publishing this book and why?
I may do a hybrid with Green Leaf soon, we will see.
How do you market your books?
I take them with me to any speaking engagements or events I hold, and I post motivational quotes on my twitter @shereenfaltas and the link to amazon to buy the book.
Why did you choose this route?
I chose self publishing because I needed to be an author as soon as possible. I knew that I wanted to take matters into my own hands rather than waiting to get a deal. Now that I have written my first book I have a bit more patience.
Would you or do you use a PR agency?
I definitely would use a PR agency but I have not yet.
What’s your views on social media for marketing?
Social media for marketing is a must use tool and it’s wonderful.
Which social network worked best for you?
Twitter and Facebook.
Any tips on what to do and what not to do?
Use hashtags. Look at what’s trending and comment on it using that hashtag to get more traffic.
Why do you think that other well written books just don’t sell
There is a difference between marketing and art. Nothing will sell if it’s not marketed properly and a lot of good writers and artist don’t have the marketing mind.
Do you think that giving books away free works and why?
I think giving books away free is a great idea, I always like to give as much as I can. I often times like to create a fun win win scenario where in exchange for everyones name and email I raffle off a free book. That way I am able to keep in touch with those that I have encountered even if they don’t buy a book.
Did you format your own book?
I had my graphic designer help me with that.
In what formats is your book available?
In ebook format and paperback.
How do you relax?
I walk on the beach with my dog Rambo, or I relax with my husband.
What is your favourite motivational phrase.
“It is better to follow the Voice inside and be at war with the whole world, than to follow the ways of the world and be at war with your deepest self.” – Michael Pastore
What is your favourite positive saying?
“People are often unreasonable, irrational and self-centered; forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish ulterior motives; be kind anyway. If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies; succeed anyway. If you are honest and sincere people may be jealous; be happy anyway. The good you do today, will often be forgotten; do good anyway. Give the best you have, and it may never be enough; give your best anyway. In the final analysis, it is between you and God; it was never between you and them anyway.” -Mother Theresa
What is your favourite book and why?
The 4-Hour Work Week
What is your favourite quote?
“Life is a daring adventure or it is nothing.” Helen Keller
What is your favourite film and why?
Dead Poet’s Society, because Robin Williams’ character in that film was so inspiring. He inspired people to be who they truly were and to emulate all the beauty that was within them. That is what I aspire to be in the world. I saw that movie when I was 13 and it stuck with me forever.
Where can you see yourself in 5 years time?
A wife, a mother, a best selling author, speaker, coach, TV host and a bad ass entrepreneur
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Trust yourself, and blaze a trail. They will follow.
Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?
Eminem, Angelina Jolie, Oprah, Tony Robbins, Wayne Dyer
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Have fun being creative, don’t create stress around it. It’s an art not a science, and art is always beautiful.
How can readers discover more about you and you work?
Website: www.AwakenTheRebel.com Blog: same as above Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fulfillmentandfreedom Twitter: www.twitter.com/shereenfaltas Lnkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/shereenfaltas Book Links: http://www.amazon.com/Coolest-Quote-Book-Eva-paperback/dp/1300288515/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1398360423&sr=1-1 Goodreads: The 4 Hour Work Week, Why Men Love Bitches, Mars and Venus on a Date, Breaking All The Rules
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