Interview with Roni Kennedy
What genre do you write and why?
I like to write children’s fiction. I like to add illustrations to what I write. I am a visual person.
Tell us about your latest book.
The Boy That Grew Teeth In His Ear is a book about how sometimes we can get caught up in following the crowd and want to be popular. Since bullying has been a problem from the beginning of time this book is to invite children to realize they can be good friends and not pick on others and make fun of others that are different than them or new to a school or neighborhood.
Aaron had moved to a new neighborhood and was being teased and picked on. In order to fit in he started doing bad things to make himself fit in to the group that was picking on him. He soon found out that a tooth started forming in his ear and he tried to hide it. When his friends discovered it they wanted to have one just like he had. They thought it was cool so this made him more popular so they started picking more and more on others. Then more teeth grew in Aaron’s ear until he had none left in his mouth. Then Aaron started hiding out in his upstairs bedroom and wouldn’t go out and play or anything. He felt like a total freak and sobbed and cried himself to sleep every night wanting answers to his problem. One night Aaron’s ear started talking to him and told him to correct all of his wrong doings and he would get all of his teeth back in his mouth. So he arose the next morning and started apologizing and repenting all of his wrong doings and he became happy with himself and gained all of his good family and friends back.
What marketing methods are you using to promote your book?
Mainly the computer. I first started advertising on Facebook. I started a page called The Boy That Grew Teeth In His Ear. I have gone through IC Creations for publishing.
What formats is the book available in?
Kindle and Hard Copy
Who are your favourite authors?
What advice do you have for other writers?
I think I would get a website first. I do not have one yet and I am in the process of having one built.
What's the best thing about being a writer?
The opportunity to be creative and use experiences in my life to make up characters and events.
Where can people find out more about you and your writing?
At this time on other author’s websites or on the pages that my book is being sold on. I have done some marketing on Facebook.
Who is you favorite character in your book and why?
Aaron is my favorite Character. He is the tool for children to watch as an example of first being a good kid, then wanting to fit into the gang, and then realizing that it was not a good thing.
Why do you think readers are going to enjoy your book?
They will enjoy the intensity of the great art that was illustrated by me and the adventure and wonder of what is going to happen next and the reality and truth of the way others are and the morals they can learn from it.
How long did it take you to write your book?
It only took two days. I was totally into the writing part. The illustrations took about two weeks. In later years I had my pencil sketches colored in with Photo shop and that took about six months when I had the money available to pay her,
Who designed the cover?
Yes. When I had a few clip art books published back in the 1990’s we went directly to a publisher/distributor and paid the full price up front. I never did any interviewing or anything like this. Times have changed and I guess this is how things are done or maybe it was not explained to us when we had the books published.
Where can a reader purchase your book?
On Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble and a few other online bookstores
What are you doing to market the book?
At this time, I am paying my publisher. I have my own sign business which I have been doing for 30 plus years and my time is limited. I am doing these reviews to get the word of mouth out and I do post some things on my Face Book page which is titled “The Boy That Grew Teeth In His Ear.” My publisher is working on a website for me. I need to research how to do a blog.
Who inspires you?
This may sound really strange to you but my enemies and my life experiences.
What is your work in progress? Tell us about it.
There is only so much time in a day to do everything I would like to do. I have to almost schedule allotted time to work on things such as the book interviews due to my already busy work schedule. I do have another book in the making that my mother wrote when I was a teenager. I did the illustrations for it. It needs to be edited and redone so that is my next project.
What are your thoughts on self-publishing verses traditional publishing?
I am not sure. So far I am feeling more like maybe I should have done traditional due to my lack of time to get my name out there. I have only sold 2 books on Amazon this month. I don’t know if I am expecting overnight success or if it would have been better to make this book happen through a distributor. I like the idea of not having to pay money up front for a printer and the distributor getting almost ½ off the income.
Who or what inspired you to become a writer?
Probably my mother’s example
Does your family support you in your writing career? How?
I have had 2 family members buy my book on Amazon so I would say yes.
What are you currently reading?
I am currently reading Conquering Your Goliaths by Kathryn Jones and her Marketing Your Book On A Budget. I also read my Scriptures daily and I am doing research in another publisher’s manual, New Smart and Simple Publishing by Agreka Books.
What books or authors have most influenced your life?
I am a convert to the LDS Religion so I would have to say some of our modern day leaders such as Spencer W. Kimball, The Miracle of Forgiveness. That one stands out to me and I have read it a few times for guidance and how to overcome some of my own sins and the sins of others.
When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend my time working my full-time business which is very tedious. Writing is relaxing and peaceful.