Apart from delighted to share my interview with James Cudney, I also wanted to showcase his Author Spotlight feature which is beautifully presented and is a fantastic place to share your work and where potential readers have the chance to get to know you better.
In today’s book market, that personal touch goes a long way to ensuring you and your books are remembered and explored further. James also included his recent review for Life’s Rich Tapestry and if you have received a review from James then you know how much time and thought goes into them.
This one of the questions that James asked me…
How long have you been published? What titles and/or series have you published and with which publisher? Have you self-published any titles?
I wrote my first book Size Matters, the story of my weight loss of 150lbs in 1998 based on my journal that I kept during the 18 months that it took to lose the weight. I had studied to become a nutritional therapist during this time and was able to design my own eating programme, which became the second part of the book, and could be tailor made by a reader to suit their own needs. I had an agent who submitted the book to several publishers but my name was not well known and this was their main stumbling block. So I self-published the book in 2001 and 12 other books since then, all of which are self-published. Size Matters and my second book Just an Odd Job Girl were originally published with Trafford in Canada but I took them both back and republished under our own self-publishing banner Moyhill Publishing in 2004 and then every book since.
Twenty years ago being self-published came with a fair bit of negative feedback, with the assumption being that the book was clearly not good enough for mainstream publishing, and therefore not worth reading. Whilst there is still some of that negativity towards indie authors today self-publishing is much more widely accepted. I am very happy writing and publishing my books this way, and love being involved in every process of creating the book and the marketing after publication.
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A selection of books by James J. Cudney most of which I have read and can recommend (one or two still to go)
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About James J. Cudney
James is my given name; most call me Jay. I grew up on Long Island and currently live in New York City, but I’ve traveled all across the US (and various parts of the world). After college, I spent 15 years working in technology and business operations in the sports, entertainment and media industries. Although I enjoyed my job, I left in 2016 to focus on my passion: telling stories and connecting people through words. My debut novel is ‘Watching Glass Shatter,’ a contemporary fiction family drama with elements of mystery, suspense, humor and romance. To see samples or receive news from my current and upcoming books, please subscribe with your email address at my website: https://jamesjcudney.com
What do I do outside of writing: I’m an avid genealogist (discovered 2K family members going back about 250 years) and cook (I find it so hard to follow a recipe). I love to read; between Goodreads and my blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, I have over 500 book reviews which will give you a full flavor for my voice and style. On my blog, I started the 365 Daily Challenge, where I post a word each day that has some meaning to me, then converse with everyone about life. There is humor, tears, love, friendship, advice and bloopers. Lots of bloopers where I poke fun at myself all the time. Even my dog has a weekly segment called “Ryder’s Rants” where he complains about me. All these things make up who I am; none of them are very fancy or magnanimous, but they are real and show how I live every day.
A bit of humor: Everything doubles as something else when you live in NYC. For me, it’s the dining room, my favorite space in the apartment, where more than just my cooking is on display! As I look out the windows onto a 12th floor terrace, various parts of nature (trees, bushes, flowers, bugs & animals) inspire me to write. Ryder, my 10-year old shiba inu, usually lays on my feet, growling when I shift positions too many times or when I forget to share my food! Although he’s only 20 pounds, he’s quite strong and pushy. But how else can you pen the best story possible without these things by your side?
Connect to James via his blog: This is my Truth Now
Thank you for dropping in today and I hope that you will head over to read the interview in full, and if you have not been a guest of James before, I can highly recommend.