Interview with Tara Becker
Author of The Journey from Fear to Freedom
Where are you from originally and where do you reside now?
I was born and raised in California. I am actually a third generation Californian. I currently reside in Colorado and wouldn’t live anywhere else.
If you currently reside somewhere besides where you were born, what’s the story that lead from there to here?
As I already stated, I was born and raised in California. I’ve also lived in Virginia, Oregon, and Hawaii. I had an average upbringing in a middle class family. I was an only child and as I realized as an adult, I was a “latchkey” kid.
With such an average be it boring childhood, I never felt I had anything to write about. Since I figured if I were to write a book it would have to have some importance or bits of wisdom.
What made you decide to write and publish your first book?
It wasn’t until my husband died and how I recreated my life did I then know I had something to share.
How would you describe your books to first time readers?
Imagine waking up one day and having no idea who you are, what you are doing, and/or the joy or fortitude to keep going.
Who do you feel is most likely to connect with the topics you write about?
Women who are no longer experiencing joy or are experience loss or grief. Loss or grief doesn’t have to come from the death of a loved-one, it can even be the loss of a job, an empty nester, or divorce.
What unexpected or surprising thing did you learn during the process of writing and publishing?
That I could complete this project with a published book not just a manuscript. Forget those naysayers.
If you could, what advice would you give to your past self before embarking on this journey?
This project may present some difficulties. You’ll be great. So, keep up the work!
How many people would you ideally like to reach with your books?
I am shooting beyond the moon to say, I hope I become an Amazon best seller.
What has been the biggest challenge and frustration during the process to date?
Actually, the writing presented the biggest challenge. Believe it or not, not dissimilar to answering these article questions. It’s just committing to doing it. Setting aside the fear and let the words come flowing out.
What’s your biggest strengths when it comes to book a) writing, b) publishing and c) marketing?
If I had to choose, I’d go with b) publishing.
What’s your biggest weakness when it comes to book a) writing, b) publishing and c) marketing?
When do you think you will write your next book?
I have not yet projected my next book project.
Are you self-published or did you use a hybrid publisher, or a traditional publisher?
Yes, I am self-published through Balboa Press the self-publishing division of Hay House.
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