Author Interview: Belinda M. Clarke

How long have you been writing for? 

10 years

What would you say is the most difficult part of writing a book?

Not procrastinating!

What genre do you generally write?

Personal growth

Do you have a favourite author and why?

Wayne Dyer, as he was such an open-hearted and inspiring person.

What is your book called and how did you choose this title?

Pregnant Punk at 14, Empowered at 50 This is me! It’s my autobiography, my life journey so far, so choosing the title came easily.

Synopsis:

In Pregnant Punk at 14, Empowered at 50, Belinda M Clarke shares her incredible true life story. One of commitment to creating an extraordinary life, from a rebellious Vicar’s daughter to living her dream life on Ibiza. This tale of bizarre and tragic circumstances – teenage pregnancy, baby abduction, domestic violence, near death experiences, homelessness and ruthless career advancement will have you captivated and hanging on to every word.  Written as an inspirational memoir packed full of remarkable challenges, the intention is to show that regardless of circumstance anyone can change their life for the better.

Has your book been published and how did you go about this?

I self published through a great agency called Completely Novel.

Approximately how long did it take you to finish your book?

6 months to write the first draft then a couple of years editing and faffing.

What advice would you give aspiring authors?

Make a plan. Write a skeleton of your book first before setting regular time aside to flesh it out.

Do you use social media to promote your book? If yes, then which social networks do you like the most?

What other ways do you market your book/s?

Have you enrolled your book onto Amazon’s KDP Select and how have you found it?

Yes but don’t really understand it yet – haha.

If you had to do it all over again, what would you do differently?

Nothing, I am very happy with the way I did it.

What books do you like to read in your spare time?

I only read personal growth books, about 40 a year.

What do you feel is the most important stage of writing a book?

The initial plan.

How did you go about designing the cover for your book?

I had an idea and shared that with an artist friend who sketched his interpretation of it in about 10 minutes! A graphic designer digitized it and added the text.

Are you writing or considering writing a follow-up to your book?

I am constantly thinking of new book ideas and yes the next one is in creation.

Do you have a day job (if so, what do you do?) or do you write full-time?

I am a midlife coach, helping women to be authentically confident and empowered.

Anything else you’d like to include?

I write to reach a wider audience in order to inspire others to create the best life they can despite adversities.

Check out Belinda’s previous book Chasing Happiness – Pregnant Punk at 14, Enlightened at 40