Teen entrepreneur, songwriter and author FaithyJ recently took some time out of her busy schedule to share her inspirational writing journey with us.
FaithyJ’s first book “It’s Never Too Early to Start” is due for upcoming release – a great achievement at only 16 years of age!
Thanks Faithy J for this great interview and for demonstrating through your work that that age is no barrier to success when writing is your passion!
What first motivated you to write?
Knowing I’m able to help others get inspired. Writing, just like music, is also an escape. It’s a release that allows me to write about whatever I want. A couple years ago, I was first motivated to start writing songs that were inspired by some of the things and situations I was going through.
What is your latest book about?
Well, along with sharing some of my personal experiences, my book “It’s Never Too Early to Start” is an inspirational and educational book that teaches what it takes to find your path in the fast paced world of digital entertainment, technology and what you can do to start making your dreams and ideas happen now!
What technology helps you to write?
Well to scratch the surface, I often use my HP Windows laptop. It’s so cool… literally! My Dad says, because it has a “Solid-State” drive inside, it doesn’t have any moving parts, so it never gets hot sitting on my bed or in my lap. More specifically, I use Google Drive. However, in regard to what exactly keeps my writing flows running, I definitely plug my aux in and listen to music. Also, when an idea pops into my head, I also use my phone when I’m on the go.
Describe your writing schedule
I write randomly… Like whenever it hits me I guess. This goes along the lines of not only book writing, but songwriting as well. For example; if I see something or someone says something that triggers an idea in my head, like I mentioned before, I will quickly jot it down in my notes on my phone. Then there are days where I sit in my room with my mood light on, plug in the music and just sit on my bed and write whatever comes to mind. This usually happens later at night because I’m a night owl like my Dad.
When did you realize that readers were taking you seriously?
“It’s Never Too Early To Start” is my very first book so I’m fairly new at the official book author thing. However, I do realize that people always comment about my inspirational captions I post on my social media and people always seem to come to me for advice. So I decided, why not write it all down and publish it?
What do you enjoy most about being a writer?
What I enjoy most is the feedback. Whether it’s good or bad opinions, both help me progress. I also enjoy thinking of ways to talk about topics in which no other author has talked about before. So I guess you could say… like to explore.
What do you do to publicize your books?
Social media is a huge part of promoting. First off, my team started by creating a book group on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/groups/ItsNeverTooEarlyToStart) to inform everyone about the new book, what it’s about and to create conversational interest with my prospective audience. I also promote the book on Instagram and Twitter. My user name for both is @faithyj143. Once it is physically published, we will be selling the book in stores and across all major online retail platforms of course.
Do you write first and edit later, or do you perfect your writing as you go along?
I definitely write first. I get all of my ideas out, good or bad. Doing this first helps clear my mind, which allows my writing creativity rise to its full potential.
Do you write full time or do you do other work?
Oh yes, I have other work besides writing. I’m sixteen and a Junior at Golden Valley High School. At school I’m in Show Choir and on the Varsity Cheer team. I do some acting; mostly commercial work. As a Professional Entertainer; I create, write and record music with my amazing Producer LA Jones and I’m also a professional Dancer and Choreographer. And of course I am the CEO of a major technology company.
What has been the best achievement in your writing career?
Well, my writing career is just beginning so my best achievement so far is a couple of the songs I have written and of course my current book; “It’s Never Too Early to Start”.
What advice would you give to authors who are struggling to find enough time to write?
You have to make time. If it’s truly your passion, the time will come naturally to you, like instead of watching TV or grabbing 30 minutes before going to bed. It doesn’t matter where you are, nothing stops you from writing if it’s truly your passion. Also, you need to organize your schedule. Plan ahead and make it a habit.
What are your writing goals?
Along with continuing to write my music, I would like to get my current book published, sell over 500 copies at the least and possibly write another book down the road.
What do want people to learn from reading your work?
I want people to get inspired. I want people of all ages to learn what they need to do to reach their own success and pursue their passion. I want to teach ways to raise confidence and help how to deal with failure and rejection. Failure and rejection are just stepping stones that help prepare you for the pressure of success.
Have you ever had any particularly good and / or particularly bad reviews? How did you feel upon reading them? Did you learn anything?
At the time of this writing, I have not released my book quite yet so I don’t have any reviews at the moment, however connections over social media and through work and school seem to be excited about the book and are helping to promote the book as well.
What’s next for FaithyJ ?
Well first, the book will be released soon. Then, I have new original music coming out in early 2016 along with some live performances, speaking engagements, book signing events and the anticipated explosive growth of our amazing company www.TeenTrep.co Then, if I am lucky enough… go somewhere with my family on a little vacay! 😉
Click on the image below to pre-order FaithyJ’s book, or visit the book’s Facebook page
Here’s Faithyj on Twitter.