Adalina Mae author of “Nothing Is Predictable” and “Nothing Can Last Forever” decided to leave the business world of management and pursue publishing her novels. This is her passion, her dream and her goal. Read our interview with the lovely Adalina below…
What motivated and inspired you to start writing?
I have always wanted to write my stories in the goal to turn them into a motion picture. I needed to pursue this passion. It has been suppressed way too long.
Tell us about your books.
“Nothing Is Predictable” is a story of a woman named Zara. She has had a traumatic childhood, repeated failed relationships, but has proven that no matter how much hardship one endures there is hope for peace and happiness. There is a twist to the story and inspirational messages for all to relate to.
What were the first few steps you took to get your writing done?
As they say “the only way to get it done is to do it”. This has been my plan for over ten years. One day I looked out the window and said to myself, “it is time to start”. I took out my laptop and began to write. I never realized how engaged I was with expressing my thoughts into writing. I loved it.
What has been the most effective way of raising awareness of your business and getting new customers?
Social media plays a big part with promoting your business these days. I have engaged a marketing strategist that has exposed my story worldwide. As a writer, I am engaging with the author professional networks and author campaigns. I truly believe advertising is the only way for awareness.
What have been your biggest challenges so far?
When you have a new product on the market, I will refer to my book as a product, your biggest challenge is public interest and recognition. That so far has been my biggest challenge. It’s nerve wrecking not knowing if readers like my story. However, the reviews I am receiving have given me confidence that the readers personally enjoyed and related to my novel “Nothing Is Predictable”.
How did you overcome these challenges?
The most important thing in life is to understand and accept that not everyone likes the same thing and perhaps some will not engage with my writing style. If I am in tune with that fact, I am mentally and emotionally prepared to overcome that.
How do you keep motivated through difficult times?
Motivation comes from passion. I can tell you that I am most passionate about writing and most passionate about pursuing my goal. It is not an effort to stay motivated particularly if you believe in your work. Difficult times happen to everyone. As I always say, “Nothing Can Last Forever”. That’s part 2, by the way.
How do you distinguish yourself from your competitors?
I don’t. All authors are talented and creative. We are unique in our own style that is appreciated and loved. My writing is an easy read and I like to engage my readers to feel that my writing is personable and somewhat reality, something that most readers can relate to. I am not a poet nor do I have a formal writing style; my writing style is used in every day speech. However, I must say, it is entertaining and dramatic and as I have been told “humorous”.
What is the best advice you have received recently?
Publicity is the key to succeeding. You can have a great story, but if no one knows about it. Well, what’s the point? Unless you are writing something to file and not publish.
What advice would you give to other authors?
You must advertise your work and engage with readers and your network. I am sure they all know that. Most importantly, stay positive and believe in what you do. NO MATTER WHAT.
What is your favorite business tool or resource?
My boyfriend Dell, without Dell, I cannot function. This has been a joke that I am having a relationship with my laptop. Dell goes with me everywhere.
What social media outlets do you use? List them below.
What are you currently learning about for your business or looking for help with?
I needed help with marketing. I have engaged and amazing social media company “Social Ally” in Arizona. They understood that I need to be involved with the contents and we work together brilliantly. They are wonderful. I also reached out to IBPA which I am a proud member of. They are assisting me with creating author awareness in the industry. I am also getting help from a book publicist, I have not signed my contract yet and therefore I cannot disclose any information now.
What are your goals for the next few months and how are you striving to achieve them?
Advertise!! Advertise!! Advertise! That is all I can do now to get “Nothing Is Predictable” known. And most importantly finish part two “Nothing Can Last Forever”.