Paperback Writer introduces author Tinisha Nicole Johnson, author of the self-help book Lessons Learned: Loving Yourself as a Black Woman addresses ten life lessons into a woman’s most intimate and professional life, while emphasizing the importance of self-love. The book touches on issues of happiness, self-love, a woman’s worth, family and more. Although the book caters towards women of color, mostly any woman can benefit from the powerful tips, messages, and suggestions that the book addresses.
About the Author:
Tinisha Nicole Johnson is an Author/Writer/Poet. Besides writing, Tinisha also hosts political and sports teleconferences as a profession. Tinisha is also co-founder of (ASA) Authors Supporting Authors. ASA is non-profit, that provides support to other authors and promotes literacy. Contact the author through her website: http://www.TinishaNicoleJohnson.com
Hi Tinisha Nicole Johnson
Welcome to Paperback Writer.
Q: Would you share with us how you came up with the idea for your book?
A: I wrote Lessons Learned in 2003, but some of the entries were from my journal, which I originally started writing around 1998. Lessons Learned is a self-help book for woman, mainly women of color – black women. The book started out as a journal, not to be shared with anyone, just to get my feelings out on paper. I was going through a crazy and suicidal period in my life, so I decided to express myself with pen and pad. As time passed, I spent time editing, revising, and adding to my journal. Next thing I knew, the journal turned into a book that I wanted to share with others and eventually get it published.
Q: Was it a light bulb moment or something that you thought about for a very long time?
A: The concept of the book is something I thought about for a very long time. I spend years revising this book and adding to it.
Q: How did you come up with the title?
A: The short version of the title is: Lessons Learned. The complete title is Lessons Learned: Loving Yourself as a Black Woman. I came up with the “Lessons Learned” part because there are so many lessons that a person learns in life that can literally change their life. I’ve personally learned lots of lessons in my own life, and while talking to other women while working on this book, I’ve learned that learning one’s lessons plays a big part in a woman’s life. The remaining title of the book “Loving Yourself as a Black Woman” has to deal with general stereotypes of women of color and embracing one’s uniqueness.
Q: How did you find an agent and publisher?
A: I’m still searching for an agent, but I found my publisher, because I have the same publisher who published my first book. With my first book, I spent a year sending out query letters, and searching for a publisher. Persistence finally paid off.
Q: How long did it take you to complete the first draft?
I finished writing my book in about four months. That was in 2003. Since then, I’ve been revising, editing, and adding to it. I did get a final edit of it in 2009.
Q: What’s your favorite time of day to write?
A: Definitely mornings, however, I’ll write anytime I have the time. However, in the mornings, I feel refreshed and my mind is clearer.
Q: Do you have a writing routine? Daily goals (# of pages, word count) or a specific ritual you do to jumpstart the writing muse.
A: My daily routine Monday-Fridays consist of waking up, taking my kids to school, working out, reading, and then coming home and diving into my writing. If I’m working on a certain book, or writing assignment, I do have daily goals which include at least a couple of pages a day.
Q: With all that you have encountered on the road to publication what advice would you give to new authors.
A: Persistence, Persistence and more Persistence. Persistence has been a key to my writing accomplishments. You also have to believe in yourself and have a passion for writing. My last advice would be to read – read other author’s books. There are more authors and books being published than there used to be, so there’s more competition and variety, so persistence and a belief in your writing really comes into play now more than ever.
Thank you, Tinisha Nicole Johnson for stopping by Paperback Writer. I wish you continued success with your tour.
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ISBN: ISBN-13: 978-0-9779398-8-6
Genre: Non-Fiction / Self-Help
Publisher: Xpress Yourself Publishing
Publication Date: February 1, 2010
# of Pages: 200