Hi, my dear friends! Welcome to a new interview!
One of my first writer friends, who became a very good friend and the first who introduced me to Instagram platform, is Joseph M. Wozniak!
I am delighted to present him to you and that he accepted the interview with me!
Joseph is a Christian author. Through his stories he wants to send messages of faith, love, hope and to inspire people. His romances have a touch of Christian faith, and in my opinion we all need such stories to see things from a different perspective.
On Amazon he nailed a ribbon! That's something important for a writer, and I am so happy for him and his accomplishment.
In this interview, we will speak about the person and the writer Joseph M. Wozniak is. He will share with us how he writes, what inspires him, what advice he has for beginning writers, his books and more! It was an interesting interview which both of us enjoyed! I hope you will feel the same!
Now, let's start the interview!😊👇
Hi my dear friend, Joseph! How are you?
I’m doing very well considering I was just in a major accident. I was walking home from the store and was on the sidewalk when a car spun out of control and hit me. I’m blessed it wasn’t a lot worse, especially since my wife and I are expecting our first child in 3 months. Just truly thankful I’m still here. Other than that, everything is going well.
I am so sorry for such a horrific experience… Can you tell us if that had an impact on your life? In what way?
The only thing I want to say is, it opens up your eyes. We never really know when our time is up here, and I think I just appreciate things so much more now. I know that is cliché, but it really is true. One moment I was walking home from the store around the corner and I was on the sidewalk when someone slammed on their brakes, lost control, and hit me. It really does show you that you never have any idea when your time is up. Makes you appreciate everything you have right now.
Please, give a little presentation about yourself and the genres you write in.
I’m 35 and grew up in Virginia Beach, VA. I wrestled all through middle school, high school, and college. I moved to Denver, Colorado about a year and a half ago when I met my now wife. I write Inspirational romances, with a touch of the Christian faith. My novel “Blind Faith” has been compared to Nicholas Sparks mixed with Karen Kingsbury. I take that as a compliment. I also have a new novel coming out soon titled “Jacob’s Journey” about a teenage boy who is searching to find himself, and who he is, after his mother’s death.
You are going to be a dad soon. Congrats! How does it feel like? Is this going to influence you in your writing? I mean, will you consider writing stories for children or a “How to be a parent” book something? Any thoughts about this?
I do have an idea for a story about a father who due to some circumstances, becomes a single father and must fight the state for custody of his daughter. Being a soon to be dad hasn’t changed me much. I still want to write my same stories. I want to touch this place we call home and leave a wonderful legacy for my daughter.
What are the messages you want to send to your readers through your stories/books?
My message is always love, hope, faith, and being who you are. I want to inspire people. I have always loved telling and writing stories that make you truly feel something deep down. I think this world needs more uplifting stories. I hope my stories are lights in a dark world.
When was the first time you thought of becoming a writer? Any story you want to share with us about this? Give us some details.
I wrote my first book when I was 9 for a project in school. It was about my best friend who has asthma. I always noticed how he was always bullied, and I wanted to show my classmates that he was no different than us. So, as part of an English project I wrote a book and even drew stick figure pictures. I realized that I could change people’s thinking and hearts with my stories. After I read that book to the class, nobody ever teased him again. At least, not the kids in that class. It just made me feel good.
What made you write Christian stories? Give us a little history about it.
I didn’t grow up in a Christian household. Didn’t even know who Jesus was until college. But I wanted to show Gods love for all people through my writing. I don’t think you HAVE to be a Christian to enjoy the messages in my books. And to be honest I don’t want JUST Christians to read my books. Because I don’t think it’s written only for that audience.
Your debut book is called “Blind Faith. Congrats for it! What’s the backstory for it? Describe a little the plot and your main character.
It is about a college football player who is destined for the NFL, but he is a bully, has an ego problem, and filled with anger. One day, during a game he suffers a bad injury and is permanently blind. He loses his faith, doesn’t want to trust in a God who would take his life away from him. He meets Liza, who is his tutor at the school for the Blind and he realizes that God will use our worst circumstances and bless us through them. It’s a story of hope, love, and forgiveness.
How is it to be a writer? Advantages and disadvantages.
I love it. It is exactly what I’ve always wanted to do. To know that people can read my stories and feel inspired, and maybe even changed in a good way, that is what life is all about. To touch people in a way that they will always remember. The disadvantages are that when starting out, you don’t make a lot of money and the marketing falls on the author. So I have to work a full-time job to support my family, even after my accident. It's extremely hard with over $60,000 worth of medical bills. But, I have no choice but to continue to move forward.
Can you give me a number for your written stories/books, be it published or not?
I have one novel, one non-fiction book that are published. I’m working on my new novel now “Jacob’s Journey” which will be out in January 2019.
What’s your target for your writing career?
To continue to write amazing stories and inspire people. I’d love to be able to write full-time. I really do think “Blind Faith” would make an incredible movie, but that’s just me. But, in the end I want to be able to do what I love full-time and make enough money to live off of, along with mine and my wife’s editing business. Not rich, just comfortable.
Some say it is so difficult to be a writer these days. What’s your take on this?
I think the old saying is true “You make time for what is important.” It’s not difficult in the sense of being published, because there are so many ways you can get your book out there to people. Self-publishing changed the game, so to speak.
Do you see the writer career as a full income job? If yes, give us some details about it, if not, what other streams of income do you have to sustain yourself and your family?
I would love for my books to sell enough for it to become my full-time job. But right now, my wife and I own an editing business for authors and I work a full-time job as well.
Many writers complain about writer’s block at some point. Have you experienced it so far? If yes, how did it manifest for you and what did you do to overcome it?
The only writers block I have is TIME. I do my best to fit in the time in between other things. And having a wife who is so supportive is a godsend. She is a blessing.
I know that your wife is a writer too, a poet if I am not mistaken. How is it to have two writers under the same roof? Give us some insight about it if you can.
Yes, she has published a book of poetry and is working on a fantasy series now that is incredible. We love it. Being able to share that same passion is amazing.
How do you get your inspiration for your stories? They are from real situations or pure imagination for the messages you want to send?
For me, it’s about the messages I want people to feel and see. I want people to walk away from reading my books and remember them and what they felt. I think about everyday situations and how I would tell that in a story to inspire people.
How do you develop your stories? You already have them in mind or you write on the flow from a main idea?
I have an idea in my head, but I don’t plan. I just write and let the story come to me and let the characters dictate the story. It is THEIR story, not mine.
There are writers that say they have rituals when creating stories, such as listening to music. Do you have any rituals?
No. I just make sure to always have coffee.
How do you take advantage of social media for your writing career? Any tips you can share with us?
I just try to stay active on Social Media. I’m not big on it, but I want people to know who I am. I think it is all about interacting and not just putting a photo up or making a Tweet and expecting people to like and share it. People want to know you are real, and not just someone sitting behind a phone or computer.
Traditional publishing and Self-publishing. What experiences do you have with them and which one is your favorite? Or, do you have as a target traditional publishing in the future? Give us some details about it.
I’m an Indie Author right now. Maybe someday I’ll go the Traditional route, but if not I’m okay with that.
What’s your work in progress book? Tell us something about it if you can.
It is called “Jacob’s Journey”. I can’t say much about it but just know that people who read this are going to LOVE it. I promise you that. I will say it is about a teenage boy who lost his mother to cancer, who was his best-friend. He makes a stupid mistake and has to do community service at the Children’s Hospital, where he meets a little girl who is dying from a rare disease, who also lost her father to an IED attack in Afghanistan. It’s a tale of friendship, love, forgiveness, and being okay with who you are.
I know you have received a ribbon on Amazon. What’s that and how did you feel when you saw it?
It felt wonderful It was for my non-fiction book, but to know that people liked it and read it, that’s amazing. Very humbling.
What promotion do you use for your books? Paid, free, both? Give us some details about it.
I don’t run many ads. I just post it wherever and whenever I can. There are a lot of groups on Facebook and I love Twitter as well.
What’s the most lacking thing nowadays for writers to become known that you can think of and you have experienced?
Money. That’s the big one. It takes a lot of money to gain exposure to more readers.
What advice can you give to new writers out there?
Write! And read a lot. And not just the genre you write. Read any time you can.
What’s the best tip you have ever received from a fellow writer?
Don’t give up on your dream. Do whatever you have to do. You won’t regret it!
Do you have a business of your own or involved in a project of some kind? Can you speak a little about it?
My wife and I own J.W. Editing and Marketing Services (You can find us on Facebook) We really love helping other writers realize their dream of becoming a published author. But we may be changing the name soon just because we are doing a re-branding.
What’s your experience with reviews for your published books? How do you feel upon receiving one? Does it have an impact on your writing?
I love getting reviews. Good and bad. It makes me a better writer. Reviews are a life blood, especially to an Indie author.
Do you do research for your stories?
Not really. It’s not really needed.
Did you ever have a setback as a writer?
When I can’t find the time to write, that is a huge setback. My new novel was supposed to be done this past October. But life happened and then my accident really set me back.
You are a member of several writing groups. How is your experience with them and in what way do they help you as a writer?
The writing community as a whole is remarkable and fantastic. Most people are so supportive and having people who are just as passionate about what you are doing, that is incredible!
How would you describe your relationship with other writers? Advantages and disadvantages.
Most of my friends are other writers. They are incredible, and I have no idea where I would be without them.
What’s your reaction when a reader would come to you and say something negative about your writing? How do you feel about it and how does that influence you?
I love it. I know that sounds funny, but it’s true. I use it to make my writing better.
Can you tell us what’s the most positive review you got and how did you feel upon receiving it?
There are a couple I’ve received on Amazon that just blow me away. It truly is humbling. I know a couple have driven me to tears.
Do you have a motto that you follow in life?
Respect, Loyalty, Trust, Dignity, Integrity.
What’s the hardest thing for you when you write that you can think of?
For me, it’s about balancing my work, spending quality time with my wife, and sometimes writing has to be placed on the back burner.
Now, we are approaching to the end of the interview. I am sad we reached this point as I always love to talk to my friends more… What final words would you like to say, maybe to your fans, family, our readers, friends? Anything you want to say.
LOVE! Love every chance you get. Live life to inspire other people. You never know how the smallest act of kindness can change someone else’s life.
Last question of the interview. How was the interview my dear one? 😊
It was great! Thank you so much for allowing me to do this! Now, I have to get back to writing!
I thank you Joseph for taking time for me and this interview! It was fun and inspiring!
If you want to get in touch with Joseph, you can do so through his Facebook page 👉click here👈.
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