Here we have , Tabby Schaechterle, Author of The Jigsaw Puzzle
Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
I am a full time college student due to graduate in December of 2014 with a bachelor’s in psychology and then going to culinary school. Hope to open my own restaurant some day, but for now working in the kitchen will be fabulous. I have worked for a restaurant for 3 years, Cracker Barrel, wonderful country cooking. I volunteer online for a group in the UK, giving feedback on many art forms ( film, photography, writing, visual arts, and music). In this group I am heading up an outreach group for them as well. Helping others with problems and being there for them makes my day and comforts me knowing that I have helped them. I have always been one to put others before myself in pretty much any situtation.
What were you like at school?
In school, I was quiet and reserved.
Were you good at English?
I was so so at English. Writing was not a problem, but the grammar and sentence structure was not the greatest. That’s where I always lost points.
What are your ambitions for your writing career?
My ambitions, I have never really thought about it, I would say to touch as many people as possible and just continue to write.
So, what have you written?
Right now, I just write poems, but I wish to write stories in the future.
Where can we buy or see them?
The Jigsaw Puzzle can be purchased on the DIP site ( www.dip-press.com) and also on amazon ebook for $2.99 (http://www.amazon.com/The-Jigsaw-Puzzle-Tabby-Schaechterle-ebook/dp/B00G1XXN1I/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1399771921&sr=8-1&keywords=tabby+schaechterle )
There are a few sites I post different poetry on so some but not all from the book or since the publication of the book is on them:
What’s it about?
This book is full of a variety of poetry themes, but they all fit together.
When did you decide to become a writer?
It just happened, when I was in about 8th grade. Just started writing and found my love with writing poetry. Have been writing ever since.
Why do you write?
Writing of any sort is very therapeutic, so the main reason I started writing and continue to write is to relieve my mind and emotions of whatever is going on in my life, whether it be about me or others that is for me to know. I am unable to speak words about what’s going on, but easily through written word can I do it.
What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?
Do you write full-time or part-time?
I just write whenever I am able to, or whenever the inspiration is there.
Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?
I write longhand and then will type it up onto the computer. There is just something about longhand that gives it that extra special feeling when I am writing.
Where do the your ideas come from?
My ideas come from anything. There is a saying that I always have said when writing, “ Everything is an Inspiration”
How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?
I have saved all of my work and looking back at where I started, I have changed the way I write tremendously. I can see looking through the past that I have tested with many different forms and can see which form has become what I like the most.
What is the hardest thing about writing?
The hardest thing about writing is when you want to write and it seems like you have nothing to write about, so you sit there contemplating what to write about and start it, but it just doesn’t seem to work. Thus, moving onto something else and so on and so forth over and over again.
Do you ever get writer’s Block?
Of Course, most writers do hit a time when they are unable to write, actually I would say all writer’s do hit a time of getting writer’s block.
Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?
To start off with I would just make a list of ideas that you could build off of or think you might like to write about. After that possibly try to write about one or more of the ideas. If you can’t save the ideas for later.
Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors.
I do read quite a bit. Some of my favorite authors are Suzanne Collins, Veronica Roth, and J.K. Rowling.
For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?
Traditional books all the way. There is nothing like being able to flip through the pages, place a book mark, also a traditional book doesn’t need charged to be able to continue reading after many hours.
What book/s are you reading at present?
Right now I am reading, divergent, catching fire, tempted, and apollo 13.
Who designed your book cover/s?
My publisher designed the cover of my book!
Do you think that the cover plays an important part in the buying process?
They say don’t judge a book by it’s cover, but most people do pick up a book because the cover looks interesting or the title. So in a way I do say it has a part of the buying process
How are you publishing this book and why?
The book is being published as an ebook and will also be available soon in a traditional form as well.
What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing against being published or the other way around?
How do you market your books?
I market my book mostly through online advertising, facebook, writing sites, etc.
What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?
My thoughts about any review is that it is helpful in some way, even if it is a bad review. You can learn from that review and you can learn from a good review as well. So for me any review is wonderful.
Do you think that giving books away free works and why?
Everyone likes free so I think having a certain amount of time when you have an e-book that people are able to get the book for free is a wonderful way to get it started out there cause then people will download it and then tell their friends etc. So it will help you grow .
Did you format your own book?
I did format my own book as it is my book, so why not have it set up the way I wish, but I also had the help of my publisher.
In what formats is your book available?
Currently my book is only available in e-book, but it will be available traditional paper/hard back as well soon.
How do you relax?
I relax by listening to music and letting creativity flow in the form of art and words on what began as a blank page.
What is your favourite motivational phrase.
My favorite motivational phrase is “ everything is an inspiration”
What is your favourite positive saying?
Don’t give up!
What is your favourite quote?
If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door – milton berle
Where can you see yourself in 5 years time?
In 5 years, I see myself still writing no matter what and working in the culinary arts.
What is your favourite movie and why?
My favorite movie is Hostage! I like hostage because I am a very protective person and I have a soft spot for the movies where someone risks there life to save others, especially with a strong motivation behind them like this movie where a family was taken hostage and the sheriff’s family also taken hostage because of that first family being taken hostage.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Those who want to write, Just write , let the words flow no matter how they come out. When you are comfortable allow someone to read what you’ve got and see what they have to say. Work around it to keep what you like, but keep the idea that others reviews good or bad are able to be learned from.
Where do you see publishing going in the future?
Who knows, as the future is ever changing for someone each second of every day.
How can readers discover more about you and you work?
Facebook: Poet page – https://www.facebook.com/TabithaSchaechterle
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=ntt_athr_dp_sr_1?_encoding=UTF8&field-author=Tabby%20Schaechterle&search-alias=digital-text
Book Links: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=ntt_athr_dp_sr_1?_encoding=UTF8&field-author=Tabby%20Schaechterle&search-alias=digital-text
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