Let's see what else Destiny has in store for us.
MJ: Do you have a day job? How do you balance the two?
Destiny: I don’t have a “day” job in the typical sense of the word. I have a ‘round-the-clock’ job as a writer. Many writers I know, are in the same boat. Writing is my only career and I feel very blessed to do what I truly love. As a ghost writer and a freelancer, I do travel some and when I do, it is usually on the spur of the moment which makes life fun and certainly keeps things interesting!
MJ: What advice do you have for aspiring writers?
Destiny: I didn’t begin writing professionally until I hit my thirties, so I would have to say, “Don’t ever wait to write.” Don’t waste time because it is one of the most precious commodities you’ll ever have. Get out the pen and notebook. Write! Type! Outline! Write until you can’t write another word and then write one more. It’s a fabulous career and if you want to do it, go for it!
MJ: What is your next project?
Destiny: I am currently booked out for the year in ghost projects so I will be writing something every month this year as a ghost writer. Personally, I have a lot of projects going on in various erotic genres. I hope to see the sequels to Bewitching Bite hit the virtual shelves of Resplendence Publishing. I have a new paranormal story in the works now for any publisher who contacts me and tells me it’s SOLD now. Just kidding. Not really! (Shrugs and smiles…what I can tell you is it takes the vampire/cowboy elements to a whole new world!)
BookStrand, the sister publisher to Siren Publishing just took on an entire series that we’re really excited about here. It’s going to be a lot of fun to write and a blast to market! NFL Wives will be coming out this summer beginning with the first one—Love, Lust and Scandal in the NFL which is already completed and will be a summer release.
MJ: Today, writers need not only write great books, but be great promoters of their books, too. What kinds of things do you do?
Destiny: I used to participate in too many online promotions. Yahoo loops and chats. MySpace and blogs. Now, I know that these things alone will not work. Sure, it’s helpful to get your name out but if you rely on it alone, you won’t survive. That is, of course, a matter of my opinion. What works for me is online and offline advertising and a combination of chats, blogging, and sure…going out on the loops with my news and updates. I now send out a newsletter too and if anyone would like to sign up for it, they can by sending me an email. Just send a request to firstname.lastname@example.org with “ADD ME to your Newsletter” in the subject line.
We run contests through the newsletter and an upcoming giveaway will be one of the biggest giveaways I’ve had to date but I can’t give all the details yet so sign up! It will be on the heels of two summer releases and promises to provide a “retreat” of sorts for the winner and I can’t wait to reveal more.
MJ: Now, here is the totally off-writing subject question. What’s the coolest, wackiest, most risk-taking thing you’ve ever done?
Destiny: I gambled for a living. Yes it’s a very risky way to earn your living and I don’t recommend it but I actually made more money doing it than writing…at first! But I discovered I didn’t have the patience to ride the waves of a very volatile income so now I only gamble for fun and really, I go to the casinos for more than the gambling now. I like to go for the entertainment, great dining, and the comfortable and quiet rooms! Keep in mind, anything is peaceful in comparison to a house crawling with teenagers!
MJ: What else would you like to tell us?
Destiny: My readers have become some of my closest friends. Often, I hear this from other authors and it’s true. You become friends with your readers because not surprisingly, you have a lot in common…books. I have to say I have the best group of friends in the entire world! And…best of all, they are all over the world!
And thank you, Destiny, for being such a great guest blogger! I'm so glad you and all your friends stopped by. Come back again, ya hear?