Celebrating National Author Day With Tanerra Willis
National Author Day, celebrated on November 1st, is a special occasion that reminds us of the power of storytelling and the dreams we hold within. For Tanerra Willis, this day holds a deeper meaning as it rekindles her childhood aspiration of becoming an author.
Like many adults, life’s demands often lead us away from our childhood dreams and aspirations. Tanerra, too, found herself caught up in the busyness of life. However, in her journey to inspire her son and share his story with the world, she was reminded of her own forgotten desire to be an author.
National Author Day serves as a timely reminder for all aspiring writers to reconnect with their passion for storytelling. It encourages individuals like Tanerra to embrace their creativity and pursue their dreams despite life’s challenges.
In celebrating National Author Day, we honor not only established authors but also those who have yet to put pen to paper. It is a day that encourages everyone to reflect on their untold stories and find inspiration in the power of words.
So let this day serve as a reminder for you too — whether you are an aspiring author or someone who has temporarily set aside your creative pursuits. Embrace your dreams once again; let your imagination soar; and remember that there is no expiration date on pursuing your passion for writing.
What do you love most about being an author?
Tanerra: I love the opportunity to help others grow in an assuming way. Each of our books are written to inspire, encourage, and esteem others to be the best version of themselves.
What was it like helping your son write a book?
Tanerra: It was so fun helping him write a book! I loved our time together and seeing his creative side. It was my first introduction into his story telling. He tells stories with such detail and excitement it makes me emotional each time. I am hoping he grows into his gift and shares it with the world because it comes so naturally to him. We should all share our God given gifts with others in a loving and giving way.
When did you know you wanted to be an author?
Tanerra: As a young lady I had aspirations of being an author and like many adults life can cause you to forget some of your dreams and aspirations. In the midst of me trying to inspire my son and share his story, I was reminded that this was once my desire and I had started a manuscript years prior. I was reminded that I should accomplish my goals as well.
What’s your best piece of advice for aspiring and new authors?
Tanerra: I would say just write the manuscript with your target audience in mind and the impact you want to make on them first. Then engage professionals to refine and polish your project. If you want to be an author-preneur you should have a plan and strategy in place and get a team as early as you can. It requires a lot to grow your audience and sell a lot of books.
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