Dating ME: An Author Interview with Areatae N. McGhee

Areatae is a Certified Family Life Educator, Life Coach and holds a Master’s in Psychology with the emphasis in Life Coaching having over 20 years of experience of professional support to individuals around career exploration, life skills and mental health. She is known to challenge her peers with different perspectives and assist with support to navigate through life, business, and relationships. Currently working to start her own coaching business for solo parents. Loves being a mommy, a hot sunny day, and spending time with family and friends.

  • Where are you from?

Oregon – Pacific Northwest.

  • Why do you write? 

To share my experiences or another person’s perspective with the intent for an individual to learn, reflect and become life.

  • What do you write about? 

I write about my feelings and emotions of love I have experienced. However, I write about family, education, how I see the world and how the world can see me.

  • What are obstacles that come in the way of writing? 

Overthinking is a big obstacle for me. It turns into procrastination which is even worse when I have task I want to complete. One thing I do is make sure I write out my plan before I start creating. I always make sure to complete 3 to 4 tasks within the time limit I work.

  • What’s the most memorable thing asked/said by a reader about your work?

One person shares that they enjoy how I express myself. Not only in my writing but in person. They can see how passionate I am about helping others. 

  • How long have you been writing?

I’ve stated writing when I was a young girl about the age of 10.  

  • What is your work schedule like when you are writing?

I enjoy creating and writing in between the hours of 10pm and 4am. No one is up and the world seems quite at that time.

  • What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I like to write with music playing low in the background, have a moving going, and I like having a cup of tea.

  • How long does it take to write a book?

This is great question, it can take years to write a book. I’ve written a book in 6 years and another book 9 months. It depends what is happening in my life and if words decide to flow out of me to write down.

  • Do you have suggestions on how to become a better writer?

Read more and write in every genre if you can. It does help to take a writing course. 

  • What challenges do you come across when writing/creating your story?

A big challenge for me happens about 30 % of the time when I plan to write. I sit at my computer and nothing happens. Literally, I can’t type and idea out or thoughts. Then I overthink, and I just say forget it. Lol

  • What do you think makes a good story?

A good story teller. A person who can write from another perspective, is observing and passionate.

  • What does your family think of your writing? 

My family is very supportive of my writing. Family is always buying my books, sharing my work and sending me suggestions to showcase my books. Their awesome!!

  • Do you see writing as a career?

Yes, that is currently what I am doing. Working to write a variety of genres of work. It’s part of being a creator.

  • Do you have anything specific you’d like to tell the readers? 

Give a book a try. It’s all about reading a bit of everything and to view all the creative’s perspectives in the world or who are around you.

  • What fact about yourself would really surprise people? 

That I love to do nothing sometimes. Nothing looks like… me on the couch with some snacks and a good move. Taking a nap. Playing music loud and just singing and dancing around the house. On the phone with my family and friends talking about our kids, life, food to eat, things to buy. I also love YouTube. So much information and videos to watch.

  • What makes you happiest? 

My kid, the Sunshine and mountains

  • What are you most proud of in your personal life? 

 Being a Mother. I love educating, loving and supporting my kid to do his best every day. Parenting is amazing.

  • How much sleep do you need to be your best? 

Only 6 hours of sleep maybe 7 and I am at my best.

  • How did you develop your writing?

Attending college, reading a variety of books and not by chance because they were part of my assignment but I actually ended up likening them all.

  • What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing? 

MARKETING!! Is the hardest thing to do. It takes so much time and money. Plus, you have to be consistent. I am always looking for ways to market my business.

  • What marketing works for you?

Social media – Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are my top 3 and having my own personal website.

  • What motivates you to write? 

Life. There is so much happening every day. It’s easy to look at something, hear a song or just think of someone and write about it.

  • What writing are you most proud of? 

 My latest book Dating Me: The Wise, The Mature, and The Satisfied. It was a time in my life where I was in transitions moving from home to another state. I had to figure out life without my support system. It was challenge and scary at times but I am happy I did it.  I learned so much about myself and how I want my life to be.  I was happy to have family and friends to call on. My education and skills to secure employment to take care of myself. This book tells a lot about my journey and how I had to mature in many ways, grow and add self-care in the process.  I can say, it’s a great book and I am very proud I wrote it.  


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