Introduce yourself and profession to the reader. My name is Sean D. Young. I am a single mother of two boys. I am a Certified Wedding Planner and I am a published romance novelist. I just earned my Bachelor’s degree in Computing from DePaul University.
What inspired you to pursue this area of interest? I’ve always been a lover of the written word and I love stories that end in… and they lived happily ever after.
What advice would you share with those interested in a similar pursuit? I would say believe in your God-given ability as a writer. If you don’t have faith in yourself, no one else will. Make time to write every day, writers write and you can’t fix a blank page.
Read the kinds of books you’d like to write. You have to educate yourself within the genre in which you are interested. If you are going to self-publish your work, please invest in a good editor, graphic designer and proofreader. The worst thing you can do is present a book to the world that is filled with grammatical errors.
Discuss a professional challenge and how you overcame it. My biggest challenge has been to be able to stay with one publishing house for any length of time. My career has been a roller coaster ride with all the ups and downs. Once I think that I’ve found a home for my books, something happens and the publishing house folds.
I persevered and continued to write. It wasn’t easy and I wanted to quit several times, but I stayed close to my mentor who is a seasoned author. I also had a community of other writers who continued to encourage me to keep moving forward. With that kind of network firmly in place, it was only a matter of time when a new opportunity presented itself. You must be prepared for them.
What is next for your brand/business in 2017. I plan to expand my writing into cozy mysteries and romantic suspense. I have a contemporary Holiday Romance series published by Entangled Publishing being release in the fall. I will self-publish my first full length novel DANGEROUS DESTINY in August 2017. I plan to participate more in industry events so that readers will have the opportunity to get to know me and my work. I’m excited about the future.
How can readers connect with you online and through social media?Website: www.seandyoung.com Facebook: @seandyoungbooks Instagram & Twitter: @seandyoung