About: Charm Baker

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Charm Baker is a divorcee and the parent of one adult son (who also happens to be the really cool graphic artist for her current novels).  Residing in sunny California, Baker likes to spend time outdoors enjoying nature.  What better inspiration for a longtime freelance writer, blogger, and more recently; self-published author.  She’s done ghostwriting for numerous online clients and covered a multitude of article topics and categories.  This is evident in the various ebooks she has published some available for free in .PDF format).

Baker’s love of writing started early in life and she credits her desire to “get serious about writing” to author Ralph Keyes, and his book: The Courage to Write.

Charm Baker’s eventual transition from non-fiction to fiction writing has resulted in a short story release called One Bad Deed, but not before the release of her Skipping Childhood novel.  Baker’s latest novel is: Lights Out at the Moulin Rouge (Published December 2017).

Besides working on new and upcoming novels, Baker currently loves devoting time blogging to book lovers and entertainment fans, about: Plots, Characters, Dialogue, Scenes, and everything in between!

 

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Charm Baker’s eventual transition from non-fiction to fiction writing has resulted in a short story release called One Bad Deed, but not before the release of her Skipping Childhood novel.  Baker’s latest novel is: Lights Out at the Moulin Rouge (Published December 2017).

In May 2018, she rejoined the Hubpages Network and is once again a member of this popular online writing community.  Her primary article focus there will be the books, literature and writing categories, as well as politics and social issues, and health, current affairs and self-help.

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author-interview

Q  When did you know that you wanted to be a serious writer?

A I went back to school after my only child was school age and he decided I was no longer his best friend. I had always wanted to be a teacher, so I took classes at my local community college and began pursuing a career in child development. One semester, my speech class instructor encouraged me to enter a writing contest about Martin Luther King. My speech won second place, although I know my “writing” was actually better than the guy that took first place. I didn’t care because I realized that this was a “speech” contest and he had a much better delivery than I did. I smiled and happily accepted the $100 and 2nd place certificate. It was then that I knew I wanted to be a serious writer.

Q  When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?

A  When I’m not writing, I spend my time with books, literally. My son runs an online book business and I help him process, package and mail books out on a daily basis. I also enjoy reading and sharing my thoughts about the awesome titles I find when I look for new writers. As time permits, I help others to promote their books and obtain those “oh so hard to get” reviews.

Q  Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?

A  The first story that I REMEMBER ever writing (at I’m not sure what age) was about a young high school couple. The two young lovers had an argument before school started. On the lunch break, instead of meeting to eat together like they usually did, the guy leaves the campus and drives to a fast food joint for lunch. The school is near a train crossing and an accident occurs. The remainder of the story is about how the young girl has to wait to find out if her boyfriend was the one in the accident. She spends time regretting the argument and remembering all the good times with him. Of course, by the end of the school day, she finds out it wasn’t him in the accident. They kiss and make up and that was the end.

Now that I think about it, I guess I must have been pretty young myself when I wrote that. When you’re young, you think everything has a happy ending.

Q  What is your writing process?

A  My writing process is simple: Write and don’t stop writing until I’ve made myself and everyone around me CRAZY! When I’m in the middle of a project, I don’t want to do anything; eat, sleep, or even groom myself (Yep! Things start to get pretty ripe!).

Q  What do you find to be the best time to write?

A  I find the best time to write is when I’m up alone in the wee hours (between 1am and 4 or 5am). I’m more productive because I have fewer interruptions, however, my thoughts seem to be more fertile the first thing in the morning (7am – 10am), especially after my morning walk.

Q  What motivated you to become an indie author?

A  I was motivated to become an indie author because it seemed to be the next progressive stage in the online writing process. I started writing at a time when snail mail was the only method of submission. Back then, it was totally acceptable to display all the Rejection letters you received on your wall of goals. We wore them like a badge of courage because it meant that you were serious about your craft. But after a while, rejection starts getting old. Indie authors get the opportunity to reach audiences that they may have never been able to reach while waiting around to be published by traditional means.

Q  What one piece of crucial advice would you give to an aspiring author?

A  Know that YOU are the brand, not your individual projects, books, blogs, or other online activities.  Start building your “brand” right away, and make sure that everything leads back to you – the writer and author; not to someone else’s product, service or website.  Start working on the foundation for your brand now and just keep growing and building and getting better and better.

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