Monica Leonelle introduces herself as a well-known digital media strategist and the author of three novels. She blogs at Prose on Fire and shares her writing and social media knowledge with other bloggers and authors through her Free Writer Toolkit.
I had the chance to interview her about the book and her career, as a part of her blog tour, so here it is.
Sofia Garcês – You introduce yourself as a Media Strategist, Writing Consultant and a Author, while I understand that we all have several sides to our personalities and life’s, I can’t help but wonder which came first? Of all these roles you play which one is your greatest passion?
Monica Leonelle – “I was a media strategist first, but have the greatest passion for authorship. I feel, however, that each role is closely related and that developing skills in each role aides in the others.”
SG - Speaking about passions when did you find yours? Have you always known you wanted to write or did this realization came to you in a later time in life?
ML – “I started a Gen Y blog in 2007 called Twenty Set. It actually gained quite a bit of steam early on, but eventually I moved away from Gen Y topics. The reason I started that blog, though, is because I couldn’t clear my mind! I literally just needed to get things out of my system. So I wrote that blog 4-5 times a week for about six months until my ideas stop churning so quickly. My love for writing as an adult grew out of that experience.”
SG - After finding your passion how long did it take you to start on the journey your in now, as a self published author and marketing adviser, and what gave you the strength to start on this road?
ML – “There are two types of authors—writers and entrepreneurs. The former flock to traditional publishing and the latter flock to indie publishing.
I’m very entrepreneurial, so indie publishing came naturally for me. I started my blog in 2007 and published my first book in 2009, so about two years. It didn’t really take strength per say—if anything, my own ignorance was my strength. I had no idea that publishing was a difficult road until I was knee deep in projects. Like I said, I’m an entrepreneur. When I’m working on my own projects, I become a workaholic. Pushing through the pain is what I do best.”
SG - What would be your advice to other looking to follow their passions?
ML – “Let your passion drive you. Sometimes people think they are passionate and then they can’t get the work done. Maybe they just aren’t that passionate, then. I also find it helps to be thankful every day. Every time I want to rip my manuscripts to shreds, I remember that I’m so lucky to even live in a time period where I have the means and the time to write my thoughts down quickly. Passion + humility can really get you through just about anything.”
SG - Social punk is an intricate story with several twists of plot, when you started writing it did you have a plan to where it would end or did you just “went with the flow”?
ML – “I mapped out the book in detail before starting it, but ended up changing the entire second half of the book after I’d written the first half. The ending sentence was always the end game, though. Since Socialpunk wasn’t my first book, I had an easier time plotting it.”
SG - Any last thoughts you would like to leave for our readers? And when can we expect to hear from you again?
ML – “If you’re on the fence about reading Socialpunk, the book is original and fast-paced and like nothing you’ve ever read before.
The second book in the Socialpunk Trilogy will be out this summer, but you may hear from me sooner. I have to put out Tin Soldier, the second book in my seven halos series out first. Plus, I want to start a serialized fiction story. So I might have the beginnings of that out sooner than later. No matter which way it goes, you’ll hear from me shortly!”
SG – Thank you Monica for taking the time to answer my questions and best of luck for the future!
ML – “Thank you for the interview!”