In my last post, I shared that I had been invited to do an interview with Les Ey about the book. I felt both humbled and blessed by the invitation, and I think Les did a wonderful job with it.
So, I would like to take this opportunity to share it with you. I also encourage you to check out the other posts he has on the site. There are some very informative articles worth the time to read there. (Thank you again, Les, for taking the time to interview me! I am quite honored.)
The following is an excerpt from the interview:
Les: Hi Amber, welcome. Please introduce yourself, how long have you been writing, and what kind of books have you written?
Amber: Hi Les. Thank you for inviting me! I’m Amber Leggette-Aldrich, an Authorpreneur. Simply put, that means author and entrepreneur. Writing is my professional business, and as such, I wear many different titles, such as author, editor, marketer, and publisher, among others. I’ve been writing for 20 years, primarily non-fiction books, such as Faith, Hope & Miracles, and many freelance articles, though recently I have begun writing in fiction as well.
Les: How do you find time to write?
Amber: I write as a full-time job now, so I usually set a goal of 6 – 8 hours per day, sometimes more, depending on which phase I am in. But when I first began writing, I had a full-time job. So, I started getting up about 3 hours earlier to make time to write before going to work. It was pretty hard for the first few weeks. But following the same schedule every day quickly turned it into a habit.
Les: Where do you write?
Amber: Last year I had an addition built onto my cabin that included a small office, which I love. But before that, I had a desk set up in the front corner of the cabin. It worked well enough, though it allowed more distractions. I also try to keep a notebook handy for those moments of sudden ideas and inspiration when I’m away from my desk.
Les: Do you have any tips for aspiring authors?
Amber: I would have to say first, study and learn everything you can about the craft, as it is an art. And then practice every day. The more you study and practice, the better your writing will become. The second suggestion is to connect with other authors that write in similar genres that you are interested in. Study their work, follow their blogs or social media, and ask questions. The writing itself is often a lonely business, and it requires time and patience. But having fellowship with like-minded individuals not only adds to the learning and exposure, it also gives a sense of comradery and friendship that can help you through the difficult moments.
Les: What is your passion?
Amber: There are a few things that I feel passionate about, but my strongest desire is to help others through sharing hope and encouragement in faith. It is at the core of just about everything I do, whether it is sharing experiences in my writing, or involvement in community projects, or a simple conversation with a stranger in the store, it is what really drives me. There is a saying, “God uses broken people, like you and me, to help broken people like you and me”. I believe that in connecting with others and sharing our experiences, the struggles and trials… (To see the full interview, visit Les Ey’s Blog at: https://les-ey.website/f/interview-amber-lea-leggette-aldrich)
“Live a life worth living, a life of integrity. Be real, kind, helpful and wise, always with an attitude of gratitude. And whatever it is you do, give 110% effort to it, even in the little things”. – Amber
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