Faith Blum: An Author Interview
Good Evening Faith and thank you for taking the time to take this interview and tell us a little about yourself!
Q: Why did you decide to write a book Faith?
A: My goal with my writing is to reach people for Christ and to encourage Christians. If I can do that while also providing entertainment, that’s even better.
Q: How long have you been writing?
A: Forever. Well, since I could start spelling anyway. But I published my first book in November 2013.
Q: Do you write full-time or part-time?
A: I am blessed to be able to write full-time. I didn’t start out that way, though. I started out part-time, but in June 2015, I went to full-time.
Q: What do you use to write your books?
A: I start out with pen and paper (usually), then I type it up on the computer.
Q: Is there anything you wished you’d known when you started writing?
A: Even if you are good at catching typos, get at least one other set of eyes to catch those pesky misspelled words, stray punctuation, etc.
Q: Do you structure your plots or just go with the flow?
A: Yes. I do both. I do a bit of outlining, but the outline is sometimes thrown out the window and I just go with the flow and then figure it out from there.
Q: Do you work on a set amount of words per day or does it change?
A: It changes depending on what else is going on. I do like to try to write at least a little bit every day, but sometimes it just doesn’t happen.
Q: Do you do a lot of research when writing a book
A: I write historical fiction, so yes, I do tend to do quite a bit of research. I usually start with the internet and then find books at the library as needed.
Q: What draws you to this genre?
A: I’ve always loved history, especially the time of the Old West, so that’s what I’ve started with. Once my next series is done, though, I’ll be heading into WWI, WWII, and then contemporary.
Q: Have you ever tried to write other genres?
A: Yes, I have. I wrote some short science fiction/futuristic stories. They were really hard to write and I probably won’t be trying it again.
Q: Which author/book would compare yours too?
A: My mom says I’m a combination of Janette Oke and Louis L’Amour. I take the Western aspects of Louis L’Amour and combine then with the faith and family of Janette Oke. At least, theoretically.
Q: How many books have you written?
A: Written? Dozens, probably. However, I’ve only published 13 of them so far.
Q: Have you ever written in collaboration with another author?
A: Yes. Me and five other authors wrote short stories that we published in an anthology.
Q: Who designed your front cover?
A: For Blessed Assurance, I actually designed this one. For my novels, Perry Elisabeth Design did them.
Q: Who was the first person you showed your novel too?
A: My beta-readers.
Q: Have you ever dedicated a book to someone?
A: Yes, each of my books is dedicated to someone. So far, I’ve dedicated them to friends and family.
Q: How do you market your books?
A: I market primarily using promotion sites, twitter, and Facebook. This helps to keep my ranking up and sell more books.
Q: How do you deal with bad reviews?
A: I try not to read them.
Q: How much time do you devote to marketing your books?
A: I don’t really keep track, but I would guess about four hours a week depending on the week.
Q: Do you do all your own proof reading and editing?
A: I do all of my editing, but I have my mom and sisters proofread. I also hire someone else to do my proofreading.
Q: How and where are you publishing this book?
A: Right now, it is on Amazon only. I’m still trying to decide whether to go wide distribution or not.
Q: What are the main benefits of being an independent author?
A: Control. You don’t have to cut out things that are important to you and you can make sure the cover really does match what is in the book.
Q: What are you reading at the moment? Which book do you have by your bed?
A: I’m currently between books. The last book I read was Best Foot Forward by Tamie Dearen. I have about 1,000 books by my bed because my Kindle is there. 😀 Another book I have near my bed is The Emotion Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi.
Q: Who is your favourite author/book?
A: The Holy Bible by God. For fiction, I’ll go with Ride the River by Louis L’Amour. At least for today.
Q: What is your favourite book to film adaptation?
A: The BBC version of Pride and Prejudice.
Q: Where are your favourite places to read?
A: My bed.
Q: When you read do you prefer a book or a kindle/tablet?
A: I prefer paperbacks, but I also like my kindle because it is so portable. So a little of both, I guess.
Q: Do you have any tips for aspiring authors?
A: Don’t rush the publication of your book. Make sure all the problems are gone before you publish.
Q: What’s coming next Faith?
A: The next book on my publishing calendar is a short story about a young man who is going to college when his family suddenly needs to move and leave him behind. This and other factors causes a crisis of faith. I’m also working on a novel for my next series.