Who I Am
Charm Baker; born Charmaine Denise Baker is a longtime freelance writer and self-published author. You can get to know her in this brief profile.
Charm Baker has written for numerous blogs, websites and ghostwriting clients. Prior to writing her first work of fiction, she authored a number of non-fiction ebooks on various topics. Her first novel was: “Experimenting with Murder” (released in 2014). It is an unique combination of suspense and fantasy. Her next novel was: “Skipping Childhood” (released December, 2016) . It is a dark urban suspense drama.
More recently, Baker released a short story, specifically for the Amazon Kindle short read market. “One Bad Deed” is also a suspense novel, but it moves at a much faster pace.
Charm Baker is a divorced single parent of one adult son. She currently resides in sunny California and enjoys spending time with family when she’s not busy writing. Her love of writing started early in life. She credits author Charles Keyes’ book: The Courage to Write for motivating her to take her writing serious.
Following the release of my first novel: “Experimenting with Murder”, I was asked to give a Smashwords interview. Here are some of the interview questions they asked and here is what I had to say at the time (Published 2014-03-08) .
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.