Meet Collette Scandrett, Author of Is Life Worth Living the exciting Poetry book Released on May 6, 2018
-Now, Collette Scandrett, I understand your novel is both an ebook and paperback. Tell us more about yourself and your book
I published this book a few months before my mom died as a way of distracting myself from everything that was going on with her medically. The book expresses things I went through during that time as well as everything I had gone through in the past. It is a reflection of things we experience in life including, love, heartbreak, friendships, and death.
-That is very inspiring! What inspired you to write this book?
I wrote this book as a way of expressing things I was going through. I have never been a big talker so this was my way of expressing myself.
-Self-expression is one of the major drives of aspiring authors. What was the main challenge you faced when creating your book?
The main challenge I faced in writing this book was finding a way of linking all of the poetry I had written over the time span. Since I just write as it comes to me there was no real theme. I had to come up with a theme and a good way for the book to flow
-Interesting! How do you stand out from your competition?
I stand out from the competition as I express things in my own voice. I feel that every writer has their own voice and different voices can appeal to different audiences. I think that every writer is great in their own right and I just write to express and hope that others can identify with the work and get something from it.
-Agreed! Are you a huge reader yourself? And what do you usually read? Any favorites?
I am typically a huge reader although I have not had a lot of free time lately. Typically, I read more of the classics as well as some African-American writers. My favorite books are Speak and The Completed Collected Poems of Maya Angelou.
-Cool! Tell us, what is your next step as an author?
I am currently working on getting my book into some colleges and universities as a part of their curriculum. My next step is to continue the editing on my memoir that is set to be released at the end of August. From there I will continue to work on just getting my work out there.
-Sounds like an exciting plan! Do you have any tips or advice for other aspiring indie authors?
I would just say that you have to stay not only focused but be aware how much time and money it takes to be an indie author. I would say that it is worth the money to get a cover created as it is something that draws in the audience along with the blurb.
-Yes Covers and Blurps are a major factor in purchases! Is there anything else you would like to add?
Although some people may not be a fan of your work it does not mean that it is not good. Sometimes some people are the wrong audience for your work. You have to make sure you appeal to the right audience for your work and don’t take things personal when people are trying to help you improve and appeal to a broader audience.
That’s awesome, thank you Collette Scandrett for those great insights! We all wish you the best of luck, and we look forward to seeing your next piece of work.
Is Life Worth Living is available now on Amazon at only $2.99 on Kindle, $6.99 for paperback, and free with Kindle Unlimited, check it out: