IndieView with Evonda Michelle, author of Betrayal

Did you get your book cover professionally done or did you do it yourself? If so, do you do so extensively or just chapter headings and a couple of sentences? Any advice that you would like to give to other newbies considering becoming Indie authors? What made you decide to go Indie, whether self-publishing or with an indie publisher? I’m embarrassed about many aspects of my lineage and upbringing but I find ways to use it to help others. The story, itself, was easy. I feel that almost everyone can identify with my characters either personally or vicariously because of a friend, family member or an associate. The photo is fine as a photo but, in my opinion, it doesn’t do the work enough justice. Go for it. As previously stated, this journey began several years before it was completed. Moving forward, I’ll hire someone who is trained because I want to put out my best work. Giving them their own points of view was challenging because I know what I think but I didn’t know what / how they thought. Are your characters entirely fictitious or have you borrowed from real world people you know? Do you have a marketing plan for the book or are you just winging it? I love to move around and to enjoy my music while I’m listening to it so, no, I need quiet while writing. We all know how important it is for writers to read. If there’s a reader like me, s/he will no longer be interested in the work, no matter how moving it is, if there are more than a predetermined number of errors. I grew up in Griffin, GA
Where do you live now? It deals with how we become attached to people and things then either find a way to let go or make excuses not to. The characters are from real world people; however, their characters aren’t 100% true to life. Where did you get the idea from? Betrayal is based on the true story of a family that triumphs in the face of defeat. Evonda Michelle – 20 July 2017
The Back Flap
Based on a true story of a mother who must look deep inside her spirit to find the strength and will to persevere in spite of her abusive husband. How long did it take you to write it? I like to read all work to get a solid understanding of what’s on the market and how other authors think. J.K. Do you outline? Was it a particular event or a gradual process? Sure! Both. My target audiences are women (in general) with low self-esteem, teens, families of abuse and neglect, blended families and the like. Were there any parts of the book where you struggled?  
Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) If so can you please describe it? Do you have a target reader? Though his stories are fictional, I like to pull from his imagination – his creativity. ….writing is my passion…
Did you hire a professional editor? About Publishing
Did you submit your work to Agents? I want my readers to know that I come from a very dysfunctional family – as do many of them. Both. If I don’t feel it, I don’t write. Everyone has an issue. I now live in Hampton, GA – about 20 minutes north of Griffin. Stephen King is simply amazing. It’s my voice – my gift (and curse) to the world. “politic” later. Sometimes, I write paragraphs or even a chapter ahead. If yes, what gets the fingers tapping? It helps me to manifest things, solve problems, answer questions, fix things – you name it. I submitted Betrayal to a few agents but was rejected. Yes, Terry McMillan influenced me because her stories are based on real experiences. Write first. What came easily? I put it down after a few months because the pain was too vast and recent. About Writing
Do you have a writing process? I try to simply write – keep the outline so that I can stay focused – but leave an opening for the ending because my mind constantly changes with new and unfolding information along the way. There are other authors, of course, but these stand out. What are you working on now? I understand that this life is not about me and however I can make someone else’s life better, I’ll find a way to do it. I feel that almost everyone can identify with my characters either personally or vicariously because of a friend, family member or an associate. My target audiences are women (in general) with low self-esteem, teens, families of abuse and neglect, blended families and the like. When did you start writing the book? I don’t necessarily have a process – at least I don’t think it’s a process. About the book
What is the book about? The story was born of my life experiences. End of Interview:
For more from Evonda, visit her website. The content. About You
Where did you grow up? I think I began the work in 2010. I didn’t hire a professional for Betrayal. My work is my therapy. Rawlings’ life – period – inspires me to at least try to be as great as she is. Do you listen to music while you write? My mind is constantly thinking, analyzing, worrying, playing and re-playing…never allowing me to rest so I must concentrate in order to stay focused on the work. This story is based on endings and beginnings – spiritual enlightenment. Yes – the world. Attend workshops, read other authors’ work – best-selling authors and newbies. Sure I may receive more recognition or more monetary compensation but I wanted Betrayal to be loved for Betrayal and not who published it. Once I picked it back up, Betrayal was complete in about four to six months. Do you edit as you go or wait until you’ve finished? I decided to go Indie because I didn’t want to focus on the publishing aspect of the process. Are there any particular authors that have influenced how you write and, if so, how have they influenced you? I knew what I wanted him to say and feel and had to get it out, so to speak, before I lost my gut feeling on it. What would you like readers to know about you? I love music. I wanted to eliminate the politics basically. Like for Betrayal, I wrote Bradley’s chapter before the ones prior to it. Yes, I do or else I’ll forget my thoughts / direction. I’m working on the sequel, if you will, to Betrayal called Un.Conditional and I’m working on a piece called Un.Forgiven. Get your copy of   Betrayal from Amazon US or Amazon UK. It allows me to face problems, research questions and to feel. If I haven’t stated it previously, writing is my therapy. Everyone has an audience and, I use the term loosely, I want to touch all of them in some positive way. I need to get control of this, I know. Some days I wing it and other days I follow my marketing plan of promoting, promoting, promoting at certain times in certain places and to certain audiences. I think I edit too much because I’m so busy trying to perfect my work that I end up missing a typo or duplicated word. The worst thing I did was become impatient with my photographer – who was going to help me create the “ideal” cover and pull a stock photo from the publishing company that I used. I had a couple of people proofread and edit if for me. Yes, I struggled with remembering details and mostly with having the characters sound differently. I am a true dual personality.