Joie Schmidt is the author of “Dreams of the Heart” vol. I & II book compilations of poems about love, life, loss and inspiration and “Keep Joy in a Pocket & Love in a Heart Locket”. Humanitarian efforts are very dear to her heart and she often volunteers and donates to a variety of organizations like “Save the Children”, “The Red Cross”, and efforts to help the homeless among others. She is also a writer for “Kids on the Porch” (KOTP) a TV show created to help prevent bullying among children and teenagers. Currently, she is working on a novel series.
What inspires you to write?
While there are many things that inspire me to write there is one experience that truly illustrates the main reason. One day, I was rollerblading down at the beach. I stopped at my regular resting point to enjoy the view. It was sunset and I was admiring the beautiful colors. Suddenly, I realized while I was watching there was literally a new mural being "painted" in the sky as the sun continued to set. God was actually creating a new masterpiece in the sky every second. It made me realize God was teaching us that we too can create something new every single moment of the day. This revelation was and still is beyond spiritual and inspiring to me.
Tell us about your writing process.
Unlike many writers, I don't necessarily have a writing process. I write when I feel like writing. Because I love writing so much, I only write when I'm completely in the mood to write. I believe that by doing so, my readers will sense the love in my writing and will enjoy my books as thoroughly as possible.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Who are your favorite authors?
I love to read everything from inspirational writers like Joel Osteen, Brian Tracy and Eckhart Tolle to the bible. It depends on my mood, but I tend to read books in groups by genre. For example, I might read several inspirational books and then turn to leisure fiction books like “Twilight” by Stephanie Meyers and only read books in this genre for awhile.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
My dream has always been to publish a novel series. Publishing an inspirational poetry and quotes series was truly unexpected. I used to publish my writing on various writing sites I found online to receive much needed peer and public feedback. One day, I was contacted by a publisher who had found my writing online and asked to publish my work. That was how the "Dreams of the Heart" vol. I & II and "Keep Joy in a Pocket & Love in a Heart Locket" series was created.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I believe the internet has opened up doors for new, emerging, and seasoned authors that have never been opened before. Today, authors have more access to publishing, marketing, and other resource tools than authors of the past. I believe that the future of book publishing is very bright, increasing, and more accessible to writers regardless of genre or social status.
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