Welcome back to Writing Wednesday and as always, I have another interview for you guys today. I am happy to introduce you to Miko Marsh from Virginia. Who is not only an author but a speaker too; but I don’t want to spoil the interview any further than I have already done. Sit back and relax and enjoy the interview.
1) Please introduce yourself before we begin.
Greetings! I’m Miko Marsh. I’m from the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. I’m an author and speaker. I also teach/lead workshops.
2) Every writer has an origin story to tell, what’s yours?
I’m not sure that I have a clear answer for you. I’ve been writing and have had a heart to help people for as long as I can remember. Plus, I love to study and share what I’ve learned. Several years ago, I began writing Bible study blogs. Friends encouraged me to become a freelance writer. Shortly after starting my own blog, I wrote my first two books.
3) What was the first story, poem or novel you ever worked on?
I don’t remember the first thing I finished because I was so young. However, my first two books were Daycare Days for Providers: What You Should Know Before Opening Your Home and Daycare Days for Parents: Answers & Tips from a Provider. I owned a home daycare and decided to offer big sister-type advice for childcare providers and answer questions parents seemed to have but were afraid to ask.
4) What’s the hardest thing about writing?
The hardest part about writing comes after the book is finished. I write each book with a specific audience in mind. Oftentimes, the difficulty is getting my book seen and read by the people most likely to benefit from it.
5) What Genres do you write in and do you have a favorite?
I write in several. Under nonfiction, I have business, self-transformation, childcare, and Christian books. I also have stories for children. I know it seems odd to have that range, but I’ve operated a Christian, in-home daycare business for years, so they are all related. I prefer my Christian studies, such as the study on narcissism (also called the “Jezebel spirit”) most because I can keep learning from them.
6) Why do you write?
I feel called to write. I enjoy talking, teaching, and helping people. One way I’ve assisted people is by providing resources, so I enjoy writing books that give information and tips. For children, I usually try to include a lesson and something fun in their stories. When I don’t write, I feel as if I’m withholding something that could benefit another person. My hope is that the person who needs to read it finds my book is encouraged and learns something to help his situation.
7) Favorite author and/or book series?
Honestly, I don’t have a favorite right now. I read a lot of articles, Bible studies, and listen to lectures.
8) Okay, the tough question here. It’s no secret that Mental health is important for writers. Seeing that I want to be more of an advocate for it, is there any advice you like to give to people to keep fighting, whether you’re dealing with it personally or know someone that is?
Make sure you have a support system, take care of yourself, and stay true to what you know you need to do.
1. The support system is especially needed for periods of self-doubt. The people you have around you can either encourage you to keep going or discourage you to the point to want to give up.
2. Writing is emotionally and mentally draining. It can also take a physical toll on your body. Take care of yourself.
3. Don’t try to be someone else or imitate their work just because you think they’re “making it big.” Work on polishing your contribution to the literary world so that you present your best to your future readers.
9) Before we leave is there anything you’re working on now or anything you have released?
I have a new book set to release mid-May titled You Don’t Want Success: Demolishing Excuses Used to Prevent You from Achieving Your Goals. It is written for anyone who wants to try a new venture or improve where they are now. I address common fears and ways to work through them. I’ve also included interviews with professionals of various backgrounds to help readers see that they could be like any of the people I’ve featured.
10) Finally, anything you want to say to new writers/artists?
Make time to learn the basics. You can have a great idea but lose your audience because of the presentation. Talk with other authors or join a critique group to strengthen your writing. Being around artists who are doing what you’re doing helps you improve your craft and motivates you to keep moving forward.
And…have fun with it!
There you have it, folks. If you enjoyed this interview and the author caught your attention. Please direct yourself to her website here, her Amazon here, Facebook, and finally her Instagram. That’s all I have for you today, so please remember to keep reading, writing or whatever it is you’re creating. Just have fun and be safe doing it.