Monday, September 27, 2010
Get to Know Coach Sandra
Author Sandra Peoples ripped these keywords straight from the headlines and placed them within the pages of her book, "Foolish". Take a seemingly perfect marriage. Bring in a scrumptious ex-boyfriend, a jealous best friend, and a sexy secretary and you've got a story that drips with sex, lies and deceit. Journey with Sandra to the city of New Castle Beach. Where the drama is real, the people are real, and the results could be deadly.
Excerpt:“I’ll only be gone three days.”
“I’ll be counting every minute,” Sharee` replied, her eyes soaked with tears as she stood outside
the shiny black Cadillac Escalade staring in at her husband Jeremy.
“I wish I could take you with me,” He said as he reached for her slender hand.
“I know baby. But business is business. I’ll be fine. If I get bored, I can always go shopping.”
Jeremy smiled, wiping the tears from his wife’s face with his fingertips.
“Well, you’ve got the number to the hotel where I will be staying, just in case you can’t get
through to me on my cell for some reason.”
Sharee` ran her lips across Jeremy’s thumb.
“Call me as soon as you get there,” She whispered.
“You’ll tell me what you’re wearing?” Sharee` blushed.
“Go ahead and go baby. I’m sure Lamont is probably tired of hearing our conversation.”
Lamont was Jeremy’s driver.
“Alright, alright, I’m going. But I promise to call as soon as I roll up in front of the hotel. Now,
give me the luscious.”
Sharee` leaned in through the rear passenger window and planted a warm kiss on her husband’s
lips. For one brief moment, she was lost in the very essence of him. Then, she pulled away.
Jeremy kept his eyes closed, just like he used to do when they first started dating.
Lamont smiled as he watched the couple in the rearview
“Are you love birds done yet?” He teased, Sharee` blushing yet again and Jeremy doing the
“I’d better go. I’ll call you.”
Sharee` stepped back away from the Escalade, watching as the shiny black beauty rolled around
the circular driveway and out to the gated entrance. She waved goodbye, hugging herself
tightly as the SUV disappeared into the slowly setting evening sun. She turned, making her way
back up the perfectly manicured lawn and onto the pebble stone sidewalk which would lead her
to the front door. She took her cell phone out of the leather hip case and pressed the number one,
then held the phone up to her ear. One ring. Two rings.
“Hello,” The sexy masculine voice answered on the other end.
“Hey baby, it’s me,” Sharee` began, stepping inside the house and pulling the front door closed
“You can come over now. He’s gone.”
Interview with the Author
1. How long have you been writing?
I have been writing since the tender age of eight. I ‘published’ my first book in the second grade and have entered and won several awards for my writing. Since that first home made book, I knew that I liked to make up stories and I just never stopped.
2. What event or events made you want to become a professional writer?
It was when I entered a writing contest at the age of eight sponsored by JET magazine and they addressed me as a writer, that I knew I wanted to write. I would enter all kinds of writing contests and win them. In high school, I had written a short story for my English class and my teacher wrote on a sticky note, ‘you should get this published’. I still have that paper. In college, my English professor told me that I should definitely pursue a career in writing. I just went with what I had been told, and now, here I am.
3. What is your writing process?
I like to write listening to music, and even that depends on my mood. My MP3 player has everything from gospel to rap, Marvin Sapp to T.I. But even though I like to write to music, I don’t like any other distractions, so I wait until I put my kids to bed and write, or get up at like four or five in the morning and write. Once I get into my ‘flow’, I can’t stop until my pen (or fingers on the keyboard) stop moving.
4. What advice would you give to someone looking to self-publish a book?
To those aspiring to become authors, I would definitely recommend self-publishing; the right way though. Not through companies that take a cut of your money, but when you truly do everything on your own. One thing I truly stress is to invest in a good editor. I skimped on that with my book, and I missed some errors. Also, be willing to work. When you publish a book, that book becomes your product that you have to sell. Take some sales courses if you have to, but learn how to sale, how to market, and how to promote your book. It’s a lot of work, but it’s a lot of fun and it will definitely strengthen your entrepreneurial muscle.
5. Why did you choose to self-publish?
I chose to self-publish because I wanted to test the market with my book first. I wanted to see if more people besides my family and friends thought that I could write. I also wanted to learn the publishing industry inside and out, and I learned that even though having a traditional publisher could result in big money for the author, it could also result in financial distress if the author does not understand this industry. I wanted to learn how to promote, how to market, everything, so when I am picked up by a publishing house, if I decide that’s the route I want to go, I won’t be taken advantage of.
6. What are you working on right now?
The sequel to ‘Foolish’, my radio show, a print magazine, and growing my business. Of course, I am working on projects for my clients as well. I am working on making Sandra Nicole Peoples a brand in sort of way.
7. How can your fans get in touch with you?
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, visit my website: www.authorsandra.info, friend me on facebook: www.facebook.com/sandrap, follow me on twitter: www.twitter.com/authorsandra
About the Author
Sandra Peoples is a young lady who wears many hats including those of mother, author, entrepreneur and coach. She is the author of ‘Foolish’ and ‘No More Drama’. She is the creator and founder of Building Successful Entrepreneurs LLC and moderator of the café mom online support group, ‘The Women of Incarcerated Men’ and a contributing writer for brass, a national magazine. She is also a self-publishing consultant and a freelance writer, creating content for websites, blogs, magazines, and newsletters for clients nationwide. Sandra resides in Michigan with her two daughters.
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