Interview with Victoria Hanan Iglesias (Smashwords.com)
The Ballad of Cinderella Jones (formerly The Year of Yes) is a scapegoat’s tale and, although written like a novel, is autobiographical. Specifically, it covers a transformational journey I made along Spain’s Camino de Santiago. While tackling tough issues, there’s a hefty dose of fun and readers will encounter romance, adventure, unforgettable characters, and a birds-eye view of a 500-mile trek that is a grueling but indelible test of mind, body, soul and spirit.
Includes photographs and authentic local recipes that will absolutely transport readers—without a passport! For the record, Writer’s Digest* calls it “masterful”, a “gem”, and “a beautifully written memoir that reads like a novel.” Readers, check it out already!
*WD Self-Publishing Contest (2014)
2. Like Water for Chocolate – Laura Esquivel
3. A Mountain of Crumbs – Elena Gorokhova
4. The Autobiography of Malcolm X
5. All the Trouble in the World & Parliament of Whores – P.J. O’Rourke
6. Looking for Trouble – Leslie Cockburn
7. Caramelo – Sandra Cisneros
8. The Velveteen Rabbit – Margery Williams
9. The Little House – Virginia Lee Burton
10. Annie and the Old One – Miska Miles
11. Harry the Dirty Dog – Gene Zion. 🙂
You can think of these bonus reports as appetizers leading up to the mouth-watering main entree, The Ballad of Cinderella Jones. All explore themes prevalent in BCJ; namely, blocks (either self or other-imposed), sociopathy, and scapegoating. They are short, practical guides for handling these issues, whereas BCJ offers more sheer entertainment value. It tells the actual *story* of someone dealing with these issues. They’re designed to be enjoyed together, and I truly hope readers get something powerful and unique out of each one.
Yay, a practical question that will be helpful to fellow scribes! Well, I’m still on that road but am discovering a lot. So, here goes:
1. Invest in developing as a copywriter. Not only is this kind of writing fun and stimulating, it is a direct sales MUST—and, make no mistake, authors are in the sales business. I highly recommend the American Writers & Artists, Inc. (AWAI) course. Not only will you develop as writer, you’ll also have access to freelance, FT, and PT copywriting gigs—all legit and many well-paying.
2. Check out well-respected blogs like Jane Friedman. This is a wonderful resource for writers, and covers all aspects of both traditional and e-marketing.
3. Create an awesome website and think of it as your permanent digital business card. WordPress is a great place to start (and free!), but if it’s a little too techie for you, check out Phil Kerner’s wonderful “WordPress for Beginners” series. It’ll be the best $14.95 you ever spent. Pssst… another reason to go for WordPress? Google just loves it, and great SEO rankings are a lot easier to achieve with it. You DO want people to find you online, right?
4. Consider advertising on Craigslist. I got a ton of traffic from this!
No. I’m the beneficiary of many authors (Joyce Meyer, Mary Karr, Maya Angelou, Dave Pelzer, et al.) sharing their painful pasts, and figured if my sad tale-turned-redemption song could help even one person, it was worth writing. That said, the process was agonizing! Figuring out how to share the truth of what happened without blaming and shaming the people involved—or minimizing the impact their decisions made—was an absolute tightrope. While BCJ touches on their motivations and hints at redemption, I think a larger exploration of generational patterns and healing will come out in the next two books. BCJ remains dedicated to Talie’s journey toward emotional and spiritual wholeness and seems to work best that way. For the record, this book took seven years to make! Reliving some of the darker memories wasn’t exactly a cakewalk, and at times this manuscript felt like it was written with equal parts blood, tears, and ink. The result, however, is honest—and I think readers sense and appreciate that.
I consider it a marriage made in heaven because they complement each other so beautifully. The website, cinderellajones.org, provides practical, nuts-and-bolts advice on resurrecting dead dreams, recovering from creative blocks, and living life on purpose. Oftentimes trauma and heartbreak can lead to our dreams simply falling off the radar. As far I’m concerned, this is a tragedy. Dreams are at the very core of our identity. Tell me your vision, and I’ll tell you who you are. The Ballad of Cinderella Jones, on the other hand, tells a compelling narrative of a young woman on that restoration journey. It depicts the highs, the lows, and some of the issues you can expect to deal with during your emotional and spiritual recovery—and does it in a way that’s entertaining.