APKY/AMP: Hello Bonnie and welcome to the AuthorMeProfessionals author interview. Please tell us something about yourself and how you came
to be a writer. What inspired you to write your first book?
My first book was inspired by a trip to the ruins of Tulum Mexico in 2009.
I was so fascinated and impressed with the ruins I wanted to learn
every thing I could about them. My obsession with learning the facts led
me to research for 2 years and I decided to publish my findings in order
to share this information with everyone else.
APKY/AMP: That’s a very generous thought about sharing. Could you tell us what genre you generally write and have you considered other genres?
This is my first work of non-fiction. I consider myself to be diversified
and wouldn’t rule out writing any genre.
APKY/AMP: Always good to have an open mind. Do you have a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I want my readers to learn who the Maya really were and why their culture was so great.
APKY/AMP: Another thought I find noble, Bonnie. What have you had published to-date?
This is my first publication.
APKY/AMP: Right, you said that at the start. Do you have any advice for other writers?
The advice I have for other writers is the same advice given to me by
author Craig Johnson and Jim Blake “Go for it”
APKY/AMP: Short and to the point. Tell us, Bonnie, why should we buy your book?
Anyone who is curious about the Maya and the 2012 calendar should buy and
read my book. My book is written for a general audience to be able to understand the many mysteries surrounding this ancient civilization.
APKY/AMP: Correct. I also find that the South American ancient civilizations are not given as much ground in comparison to other ancient civilizations in Africa, Asia and Europe. Anyway, how much of the marketing do you do for your published works or indeed for yourself as a ‘brand’?
I do all my own marketing and public relations work. I find it very enjoyable and rewarding.
APKY/AMP: J I’m absolutely hopeless in marketing, I must admit. Is there a special place that you prefer when you write?
Most of my writing is done at the kitchen table, but since all my writing
is done on my laptop, I can be portable and write in my living room as
well. I like to write when the moment strikes me.
APKY/AMP: Bet you have a pen and notebook on the bedside table. J Do you write under a pseudonym? If so why and do you think it makes a difference?
At first I thought about writing under a pseudonym, but I decided against it. I felt like I wanted people to know who I am, and that is easiest when I’m just being myself.
APKY/AMP: Could you tell us if you have an agent? Do you think they’re vital to an author’s success?
I do not have an agent. I think the right agent would be helpful as connections as they can give you access to more people. The more people that know about you, the more books you will sell.
APKY/AMP: And that leaves you more time to write too! What are you working on at the moment / next?
I am working on a fictional novel at the moment about a female FBI agent
who is chasing a serial killer.
APKY/AMP: Wow. And do you manage to write every day?
I write when the moment strikes me. Sometimes with a hectic schedule it’s
hard to find writing time, but sometimes at 3 am the characters won’t let
you sleep until you get it written down.
APKY/AMP: That’s when I grab that notebook on the bedside table. What is your opinion of writer’s block? Do you ever suffer from it? If so, how do you ‘cure’ it?
Writer’s block is very real. I wouldn’t necessarily say that I suffer from it, and in order to “cure it”, a writer may need to take a break somewhere inspirational in order to come back from it. I’m sure the “cure” is different for every writer, what may work for one author may not work for another.
APKY/AMP: You’re right, Bonnie. Some writers just switch to another project when they’re stuck. Do you plot your stories or do you just get an idea and off you are with it?
With my non-fiction book on the Maya I created a basic outline, then
gathered all my research, and then categorized the information to the
outline, so some of my outline actually stemmed from my research.
APKY/AMP: Okay. So do you do a lot of editing or do you find that as time goes on your writing is more fully-formed?
I do all my editing after I have written my first rough draft. I’m my own worst critic, so often times I hash over a sentence to the point of frustration on how to word it best. The hardest part of writing is the editing.
APKY/AMP: Do you write on paper or do you prefer a computer?
I do my writing on my laptop in Word, but if it’s not available, I’ll go old school and put pen to paper.
AMP: Bonnie, what do you like to read?
I like to read anything that is exciting or interesting. My favourite authors are Dr. Seuss and John Saul.
APKY/AMP: Not acquainted with the two. Anyway, what do you do when you’re not writing? Any hobbies or party tricks?
I love spending time with my family, photography, and traveling.
AMP: Good. And where can we find out about you and your work?
You can go to my website at www.bonniebley.com
APKY/AMP: Perfect! I’m heading there straight after this. Is there anything else you’d like to mention, Bonnie?
I would just like thank everyone for reading and thank you for this interview.
APKY/AMP: It was a pleasure having you with us, Bonnie. Thank you once again and all the best with your book.