JoeyPinkney.com Exclusive Interview
5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…
Faydra Deon, editor of 30 Quotes 30 Days, Volume 1
(Sola Mente Publishing)
This is the first in a series of journaling tools to help you start and/or continue to write your personal history. Each day there is a new and original quote, along with three questions, plus lots of blank lines, to help you get your memories flowing from your brain to the page.
The quotes are products of my own experiences; little ideas that came to me when this or that thing was thought, said or done. I’m sharing them in the hope that they will inspire others to chronicle their own thoughts, sayings and actions.
Order here! Check out the “Sneak Peek” before you buy! Pocket Companion (just the quotes; no journal) now available!
Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the inspiration to write 30 Quotes 30 Days, Volume 1?
Faydra Deon: Every so often, one of these little quotes would come to me, and I would share them on Twitter. Several of them would get retweeted by others.
One day, I got a tweet saying that I should consider putting all my little quotes in a book. I thought it was a splendid idea, so I decided to make it happen.
JP: What sets 30 Quotes 30 Days, Volume 1 apart from other books in the same genre?
FDF: Usually, when you purchase a journal, it’s just blank lines. They may be dated, but there’s nothing else to really get you going. It can be intimidating looking at a blank page. You wonder “Where do I start? What do I write? To whom do I write?”
This journal gives you some starting points; prompts, if you will. Unless or until the writer is ready to sit down with a book of blank lines, he/she can use the “prompts” to get writing without the intimidation of the blank page.
JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that led to 30 Quotes 30 Days, Volume 1 getting out to the public?
FDF: I just had to do it. Even after working all day and being tired when I got home, I just had to do it. That’s it. That’s all. If you want it, you’ll do it, come heck or high water.
JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take you to start and finish 30 Quotes 30 Days, Volume 1?
FDF: I work it out in my head before putting it on paper. Once I have a clear vision in my mind, I then write it down.
It took me a couple of months to work this volume out in my head, but it only took about a week to finish the book.
JP: What’s next for Faydra Deon?
FDF: Volume 2, of course! As I was envisioning Volume 1 in this series, I started to envision Volume 2, so that’s in the works right now. I’m also working on a scripture-based series.
There will also be a companion series to “30 Quotes 30 Days,” called “30 Reflections 30 Days.” I’m working that out in my head right now. There will be more about that as it nears completion in my thought process.
History is not something that happens to other people. You make history each and every day of your life. It may not be spectacular to anyone, even you, but it’s your unique and personal history. Write your story.