Dr. Trina Boice is a #1 best-selling author of 31 books and was named the California Young Mother of the Year, an award which completely amuses her 4 sons. She teaches online for Brigham Young University and creates online courses at LifelongLearningEducation. She’s also an author coach for From Book 2 Business. She’s a movie critic at Movie Review Mom and has a daily podcast on Alexa called “Daily Inspirational Quote With Trina”.
She worked as a Legislative Assistant for a Congressman in Washington, D.C., and was given the “Points of Light” Award and Presidential Volunteer Service Award for her domestic and international community service. She was selected by KPBS in San Diego to be a political correspondent. She taught classes at the famous Le Cordon Bleu Culinary College and says she has the weight gain to prove it. She has a doctoral degree in Management with a concentration in Higher Education Leadership, 2 master’s degrees in Health Administration and Community Wellness Promotion, and 2 bachelor’s degrees in International Relations and Spanish. If she told you what she really did she’d have to kill you.
What inspires you to write?
I always knew I’d be a writer when I was a little girl. I just didn’t know exactly what I’d be writing about! I started collecting inspiring quotes and ideas for my books when I was only 7 years old. I kept them in a little box, which grew into dozens of filing cabinets full of material. Thank goodness we can now scan documents into our computer now! I've always loved clever word play, foreign languages and different ways of communicating. Would you believe I actually liked diagramming sentences in middle school? My kids think I'm such a nerd. Ha ha Because I write nonfiction, everything around me inspires me. I have a didactic personality, so when I learn amazing things, I instantly want to share them with others.
Tell us about your writing process.
I'm a big brainstormer. Ideas fly out of my head and I simply try to write them down as fast as I can before I forget them. Most of us usually don't have the luxury of writing when we want to or when the creative juices are flowing…we have to grab quick snatches during our busy days and nights! Some writers get creative while listening to certain kinds of music or when it's completely silent and everyone at home is asleep. The trick is to write when you can and just let the pen flow. You can go back and edit later!
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I'd love to try to write fiction someday!
Who are your favorite authors?
While I love to stay up all night reading fiction, I definitely gravitate toward nonfiction books that teach me how to become better at something. I love and need to be inspired by success stories, new ideas, and how I can incorporate them into practical application to improve my life.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
When I first began writing books, self-publishing wasn't very common. To be considered a "legitimate" author, you were supposed to use a traditional publisher, so that's what I did. I wanted to find a publisher who believed in me and wanted to help me create a career, not just one book. I found a wonderful publisher and will forever be grateful for that company's leap of faith in me. I learned a lot, which later gave me courage to self-publish. Since then, I have also used other traditional publishers for various projects. The type of book I'm writing really determines how I decide which publishing path I'll use for it.
When I first began writing, I didn't really know what I was doing and so I wanted the help of an "official" publishing house. I was grateful for the opportunity to learn the many aspects of this industry from experts. Because of tight budgets, many traditional publishers now offer very little in marketing, so a lot of authors choose to self-publish once they realize they're doing all of the work anyway. I think that for a lot of writers, the decision to self-publish boils down to having the freedom to make the book they really want to and earning the money they deserve for all of their work.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
It's definitely evolving and I'm excited to see what the future has in store for us! Nowadays, authors have a lot more power in their hands with self-publishing options out there. Engaging with readers is extremely important, as well as creating a unique platform to build a community.
What genres do you write?
Nonfiction – mainstream and religious
What formats are your books in?
eBook, Print, Audiobook
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