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 8th question is “Have you feared rejection or being judged by your family and friends with the topics you choose to discuss in your book?”
1) Author #1 : Gilbert Van Kerckhove
When I wrote my first book, I was very concerned with how others would view my book. Now that I have written 3 books or so, I am more concerned with how I view my book. If I like my book, that is more important than what other’s think.
Not really, because I believe I am now in the driver seat of my life, therefore friends and family opinions is not something I worry about when writing my book. What’s important to me is that I am on a mission to transform lives and to make the world a better place. I am prepared to withstand friends and family judgement as someone who stand for the truth. It’s so true that if you are truly bent on creating change, you should be prepared to face opposition.
4) Author #4: Umm Sulaim
No, I have no worries about the response of loved ones. They have been supportive.
5) Author #5: Ken Johnson
No, I was raised to think for myself and to say my peace. My words and works are mine to control and I let them land where they may. I’ve won countless awards and have had numerous people tell me how I have helped them or provided insights they would have never been exposed to. Yes, it stings when a friend or family member says they won’t read my books. I won’t lie. But, I never fear that. They love me, I love them, and I am making a difference. What more can I ask for?!?
Absolutely! I think every author fears rejection. But when we write personal stories, which almost always entail bringing in other people in our lives and ultimately, into our stories, it’s very unnerving to think about the prospect of sharing it to the world. We worry about who we may upset, will we get sued, will that person in my book ever talk to me again? My advice is to write freely; don’t get blocked by possible repercussions. Get the story out on paper then begin working on the concerning issues when revisions begin. We must be cautious about our descriptions and wording. It’s highly advised to speak with the characters in our books for permissions and to settle uncomfortable conflicts before publishing.
7) Author #7: Pratima Nagaraj
Initially I did fear but I was writing about exactly that in my first book – how to get over the fear of rejection and be authentic and express yourself. So I personally used the tools and techniques that I share in my book to get over my own fears!
8) Author #8: Shirley Mandel Satterfield
Oh yes. Most of mt supporters are people who I know online. I don’t think my friends at home understand my vision. But that’s Okay, they are where they are in their views and can accept that, but life still goes on for me. Jesus taught that a prophet is not really accepted and understood by their homeboys and neither is a visionary. It scares them I guess when people buck tradition.
9) Author #9: Errol Baptiste
I have to pressed on by overcoming rejection and adversity by moving forward.
10) Author #10: Edna Cane-Swannepoel
I didn’t fear it, but yes there was family members which was shocked because I was so honest
11) Author #11: Kristalen Babb
Yes and my family has judged me yet they don’t know me on both sides They know of me and not who I am as a person. Only few read my book with judgmental attitude yet that can’t stop me from telling my stories.
12) Author #12) Steve Wilson
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