Goddess Fish Promotions has organized Virtual Book Tour for MY LETTER TO FEAR by Patricia Steffy, a Essays/Memoir available now. I hope that you enjoy my interview with author!
My Letter to Fear
Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?
I used to say that the essays in “My Letter to Fear” appealed to women ages 18 to 80 (which is roughly close to the age range of the women interviewed for the essays). Having gone through two staged readings with different pieces from the collection (one very early on and one when all the pieces were written), I have found that men also respond to it. I think issues like aging and unmet life expectations speak to a lot of people. Naturally, there are some that are more geared to specific female experiences. While I think all the pieces are relatable, I have found that depending on where you are in life, you are more likely to respond to specific ones. This collection will make you think, particularly if you are going through a “searching” phase when you read it.
How did you come up with the title of your book or series?
I was looking for a unifying theme for the early collection of essays. I originally set them up in a mind, body, soul configuration, but found that they weren't so easily categorized. It also wasn't as helpful when it came to writing new pieces. As it happened, I was talking to a therapist friend of mine who told me about a technique where patients wrote letters directly to the issues they were dealing with at the time. So, if they were dealing with anxiety, they would literally write a letter that started, “Dear Anxiety.” I thought the idea was fascinating. While not every essay begins with the salutation, many of them do, and, of course, it became the foundation for the title.
Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Who designed it? Why did you go with that particular image/artwork?
If you could change ONE thing about your novel, what would it be? Why?
I would add a Forward to the book that explains how the book was created. While that information is available on the back cover and in the sales blurbs (things I always read when buying a book), people don't always remember them when they actually sit down to read. I also didn't take into account that people who read the e-version probably wouldn't see the back cover until they finished the book. As it is, I think there have been some people who got initially confused reading the book, thinking that all the experiences discussed inside were my own. They are not. They are a mix of my own experiences and the experiences of the women I interviewed.
What other books are similar to your own? What makes them alike?
How can we contact you or find out more about your books?
What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
Thank you for introducing me to your readers!
Pieces from My Letter to Fear were featured in a one-night only special showcase event. The showcase was directed by Danielle Turchiano and featured readings from Nikki DeLoach (Awkward.), Lesley Fera (Pretty Little Liars), Stevie Lynn Jones (Crisis), Jen Lilley (Days of Our Lives), Roma Maffia (Pretty Little Liars), Dennisha Pratt (The Sunny Side Up Show), and Carla Renata (Hart of Dixie).
You can see excerpts from the readings here: http://www.patriciasteffy.com/showcase/
TOUR PARTICIPANTS:December 5: Christine Young
December 6: The Broke Book Bank
December 7: Book Lover Promo
December 8: Lisa Haselton's Reviews and Interviews
December 9: Kissing Bandits
December 9: The Reading Addict
December 12: BooksChatter
December 13: Straight from the Library
December 14: T's Stuff
December 15: The Silver Dagger Scriptorium
December 16: Readeropolis