Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Interview with J.A. Owenby, THE TRUTH SHE KNEW

Can you give us a brief overview of your latest book? Is it part of a series?
An 18-year-old girl living in Hot Springs, Arkansas is pushed into adulthood as she tries to win her abusive mother’s hard-won love. When she meets the guy of her dreams, she starts to realize that her version of “normal” is far from reality, and she has to make a decision: walk away from everything she’s ever known, or never learn the truth.

The Truth She Knew is book 1 in a series.

If you used a graphic designer/publisher’s designer, how involved were you during the creative process for your cover?
I worked with Andrew from Design for Writers in the UK. I was very involved with the process, and he did a fantastic job.

What is your writing process? Do you listen to music or do you like silence?
I create the outline first and then research music that I feel represents the overall book. I also search for songs that support scenes and leave them on repeat as I write.

Do you outline your story or just go where your muse takes you?
My first book I didn’t outline, and it ended up one big mess. It’s in my closet. J
For the Truth She Knew and all future novels, I definitely outline. My brain runs in too many directions if I don’t.

Did you hire an editor to review your manuscript before publishing?
Yes, even for the short stories that are traditionally published I had an editor. For my novels, I have an amazing editor who used to work for Harper Collins and Routledge Publishing before starting her own business. We go through developmental edits first to identify and fix any plot holes, weak characters, or places in the book that don’t make sense. We then work through line edits. I think we went through the book eight or nine times, and then I had beta readers to make sure we hadn’t missed anything.

Besides Amazon, are there any other sites where your books are for sale?
Yes, the book is available on Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and iTunes as well. Here are the links: 

Barnes & Noble:

What kinds of marketing [twitter, facebook, blog, forums] are you involved with for promoting your book(s)?
I own and run a career coaching business, and I’m responsible for all of the marketing. I feel it’s helped me with the novel. I have a full 6-week marketing plan, to begin with, and it covers all social media sites, blog tours, press releases, Facebook marketing, and more. I think the promotional piece for authors can be difficult so I’m grateful I have some experience, but it’s an ongoing learning process.

What advice would you give a new author just entering into the self-publishing arena?
Hire an editor. A good editor. I’ve found that it’s an investment, but if you believe in your work, give yourself the best chance to succeed. And, it’s the fastest way to learn to write stronger, learn about character development, plot, and grammar. I’ve learned more working with my editor than in any class.

Also, do your research and hire a good cover designer. I worked with someone who had a degree in design, and the cover didn’t turn out well. My editor said the low quality would cost me sales. So, I did some research and located Andrew. I love my cover now.

Besides writing, do you have any other passions?
I own and operate a resume and interview coaching business, and I love working with amazing clients across the country to help them find a better job and move to the next level in their career. I’ve worked with people in the FBI, NFL security, technology, teachers, sales, human resources, and so much more. I love meeting new people and learning about them. Since I work from a home office, I work with them virtually.

But, it’s more than just writing marketing documents. I receive emails about how they were able to buy their first home or gained twenty thousand in income. I've also worked with client’s that had given up hope of finding a job they were happy with. After working together, client’s landed their dream job. That’s what it’s all about, making an impact and changing lives through my business and my novels.

What’s next for you?
Book two in the series is with my editor now for developmental editing, so I will be working on edits and book three.

The Truth She Knew
J.A. Owenby

(The Truth, #1)
Publication date: September 12th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult

“A bittersweet story of young love, independence, and soul-crushing manipulation. J.A. Owenby shines a light on the impact that mental illness can have on a family.” —Dr. Sheri Kaye Hoff, PhD, Professional Life Coach

Mama didn’t want me. In fact, she would’ve traded my soul back for someone different if God would’ve let her, but he didn’t, so she was stuck with me.

For eighteen-year-old Lacey, life at home is a rollercoaster. She doesn’t think she’ll ever be good enough to truly deserve Mama’s love.
But when Lacey enters college and meets Walker, everything starts to change. Suddenly, Lacey is face to face with the realization that maybe what she’s always seen as normal really isn’t. Her entire life—and everything she’s ever believed about herself and her family—is abruptly hanging in midair.

Lacey is left facing two paths, and she has to make a choice. The first means walking away from everything she’s ever known. The other means never really knowing the truth.

The TruthShe Knew offers an honest and powerful glimpse into mental illness, the meaning of true love, and the psychological waltz that a daughter dances as she endures her mother’s unpredictable emotions, manipulation, and abuse.

Author Bio:
J. A. Owenby lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her husband and two cats.
She’s a published author of six short stories and is beginning her first full length novel. J.A. doesn’t mess around when it comes to working with a professional team in order to present her best writing.
She also runs her own business and helps people find jobs they love as a professional resume writer.

She is an avid reader of thrillers, romance, new adult and young adult novels. She loves music, movies, and pop tarts. Her downtime consists of a beautiful summer evening, snuggling with her hubby outside underneath the stars. If it’s winter, listening to the rain and watching NFL football.
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