Hello everyone! It’s time to reveal the answers for all 12 questions answered by 12 author participants in the June Group Author Interview, in the 12 genres, 12 authors, 12 months and 12 questions series! The support from Non-Fiction/Memoirs/Biographies authors was amazing as we have 12 authors participating in this group author interview.
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So, the 1st question is “An author could easily write a fiction book out of some true events to keep things confidential. But you chose to write a non-fiction book. What encouraged you?”
1) Author #1 : Gilbert Van Kerckhove
My topic is a broad investigation of environmental issues. This cannot be fiction.
I write nonfiction books to help my fellow authors and college instructors. To me, writing nonfiction is just another form of teaching and I love teaching others (I teach a night class at the local college as a part-time job)!
The fact that my opening up to share my story will connect more to my readers and also believe that they can also overcome their life hurdles just the way I did.
4) Author #4: Umm Sulaim
The nonfiction books I have authored have been spurred by the prominence of misinformation and disinformation on the topics. The nonfiction books I authored were thoroughly researched, objective, and provided hitherto uncommon knowledge on the topics.
5) Author #5: Ken Johnson
Fiction authors tend to write about how things could, or should, be. I like to tell how things truly are. For me, non-fiction can sometimes be wilder than fiction. Some of the things I write about, most people would never believe it if I had written it as fiction.
I’ve always been a truth teller and a sharer of stories of my observations. When I wrote my first book, it was from a compilation of years of journaling about my life growing up with a narcissistic mother. Putting that book together became like a cathartic release. From that book forward, I wanted to continue talking about real life situations I encountered and overcame, wanting to share my experiences in hopes that others may be enlightened. I chose not to disguise my stories in fiction, but to share my truth openly.
7) Author #7: Pratima Nagaraj
I chose to write non-fiction over fiction because it helped me keep the protagonist/character very real. I felt this is very essential, especially in the self-help genre as real-life characters can truly inspire and motivate the readers to bring in changes into their own lives. I wanted my readers to think – “If she can do it, I can do it too”
8) Author #8: Shirley Mandel Satterfield
I write nonfiction books because I truly believe that truth is stranger than fiction, and my educational background is in both journalism and English literature which is perfect training for a nonfiction writer. But I do go to great lengths to protect the reputations of people who are still living, often by changing their names or by not using a last name.
9) Author #9: Errol Baptiste
I chose to write a non-fiction book due to my past experience as a former anti-apartheid activist and an experienced anti-racist campaigner also got a background in International Law as a student in my fondest memory at Middlesex University had the unique opportunity to spend a semester abroad at the University of Cape Town in South Africa during the Academic Year of 1997/1998.
10) Author #10: Edna Cane-Swannepoel
I wanted to speak about my life. Let people know, things can change.
11) Author #11: Kristalen Babb
My life and how my mom raised me set the roots to wanting to write my book. I felt I needed to be heard for the ones who have a similar paths as me.
12) Author #12) Steve Wilson
Didn’t want people to make the same mistakes I did.
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