Today’s Debut Author Q&A (yes, a day late, I know, I know…) is full of mystique. Not sure if that was the author’s intention, but her succinct, short answers kind of set the stage for her children’s fantasy set in a land known as Dragor.
Name: Julia Suzuki
Name of book: Land of Dragor (Yoshiko and the Gift of Charms)
Book genre: Fantasy/Children’s fiction
Date published: May 2011
Publisher: SB Publishing
What is your day job? Running JuliaSuzuki.com
What is your book about? The Enchanted Wood by Enid Blyton. It’s a magical escape to a fantasy land with great characters.
Why did you want to write this book? I had a burning desire to write it that surpassed all other goals.
What would you say is the most challenging part of writing a book? Editing it and believing you have got it right.
Did you conduct any kind of research in order to write this book? Yes, I studied gemology and the world’s chakra energy points.
What motivates you to write? Turning a dream and vision of something into a reality on paper that others then share.
Did you experience writer’s block? No, I didn’t ever experience it. Only tiredness stopped me.
How long did it take you to write this book? 1.5 years
Why did you decide to self-publish? I just felt as a first time author it was the best way to prove myself, for it can be hard and slow to get a publisher, and I believe in the story so it was my chosen route.
Was the self-publishing process easier or more difficult than you thought it would be? I have achieved what I set out to so far.
What is the biggest misconception about writing a book? That everyone will like what you like. They won’t.
What was your favorite aspect of the writing process for this book? Creating the nitty-gritty parts of the characters. I love that.
What tools/methods have you employed to promote your book? A social media agency and a PR agent. I would advise both.
How has life changed for you since the publication of your book? It hasn’t really, as I am as busy as ever.
Do you plan on writing another book? Yes, and have done the first three chapters to Book 2.
My favorite last question: Oprah once famously said that there is no such thing as luck, without preparation and a moment of opportunity. Would you agree or disagree with regard to your own success as a writer? I agree totally with regard to success in anything in life.