Today we’re hearing from Paula Wiseman who has made a fine career for herself with two successful Christian fiction series. It’s clear she is a motivated, resourceful woman, and I’m pleased to hear from an author in her genre. Thanks for talking to us, Paula!
Author Sidekick: Are you traditionally or self published?
Paula Wiseman: I self-published through Mindstir Media.
AS: What genre do you write?
PW: Christian Fiction
AS: What is the most challenging non-writing work that you do as a writer? What about the most unexpected?
PW: Marketing is always a challenge because it’s like trying to hit a moving target, identifying your audience and determining the best way to connect with them. It involves some patience and trial and error to figure out what works and what is a waste of time and money. As for the unexpected, I never considered how much website expertise I would have to learn in a short time. I’ve become pretty techie in the last five years. 🙂
AS: Do you use social media to promote your books and/or yourself? If yes, which platforms do you use? If no, why not?
PW: I do use social media. I’m on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest, but by far Facebook is my best avenue for connecting with my readers.
AS: Do you blog regularly? If yes, what topics do you cover? If no, why not?
PW: I do blog two to three times a week. I write Christian fiction so my blog has a devotional bent to it. Then every so often I post an update on upcoming releases or new projects.
AS: What do you wish you had more time for?
PW: Just writing 🙂 There seems to never be enough time to sit and just put words on the page.
AS: Is writing your sole source of income or do you have a “day job”?
PW: I am fortunate that my husband has a great job so I don’t have to support myself with my writing. (I would definitely need a day job.) But my goal going in was to get to the point where writing could be self-sustaining, where sales covered all the peripheral expenses and we arrived there a couple of books ago.
AS: Have you considered hiring an assistant to help with non-writing tasks? If yes, what is holding you back? If no, why not?
PW: I would love to have an assistant, but it’s not practical. It’s mostly a matter of cost, but there’s also a need to find a good fit.
CONTINGENCY: Covenant of Trust #1
Where was God? Bobbi Molinsky’s comfortable life is shattered when a forwarded email from her husband’s account lands in her inbox. The email teases, “My whole evening is free again.” After an angry confrontation with Chuck, she is left with the broken remains of an eighteen year marriage. Where is God? Bobbi agrees forgiving Chuck is the right thing, the God-honoring thing to do, but it leaves her empty and isolated. Teaching her second-graders is a burden. Taking care of her boys saps all her energy. It seems God Himself has walked away, leaving her to struggle alone. Is God faithful? Bobbi can’t deny the transformation in Chuck, but genuine forgiveness requires trust, and trust is a risk she’s not willing to take. Can she let go of her deepest, most primal fears and save her marriage?
About to Paula Wiseman
I was born during the Summer of Love in Ashland, KY. I’m wife and mom of three, and a former chemist. I homeschool, I run a little, I’m a huge football and basketball fan, a hopeless nerd with a little techie geek thrown in. I teach Sunday school, I’m the Science Lady at Washington Elementary, and I am so left-handed. I have a little dog, and a hateful cat.