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Interview with Tamara Elizabeth: ‘I waited to publish on my 51st birthday as a celebration for another year traveled’
Tamara Elizabeth is a speaker, author, self love coach, radio host, a master motivator of women in transition, conductress of motivational seminars, professional photographer, small space designer, lover of social media, mother of 5, and a fabulously loveable woman after her first 50 years. She is determined to create a revolution of women.
Tamara started her life over at fifty and believes that if she can do it, any woman can. That’s when she decided to take her experiences and help others with her latest book, Fabulously Fifty and Reflecting It! – Discovering My Loveable Me.
I have 4 greatest accomplishments in my life – my 4 grown children. My next greatest joy is my step son that I have had the honor of nurturing for the past 7 years.
Visit her website at www.moximize.me.
I am proudly a first time published author
Q: When you were published for the first time, which route did you go – mainstream, small press, vanity published or self-published and why or how did you choose this route?
I choose to go self-publishing with a Print on Demand company
Q: How long did it take you to get published once you signed the contract?
I waited to publish on my 51st Birthday as a celebration for another great year traveled in my life.
Q: How did it make you feel to become published for the first time and how did you celebrate?
I was so proud of my perseverance and dedication. This workbook was a very important goal as apart of a healing process in my own journey of traversing through a challenging transition.
Q: What was the first thing you did as for as promotion when you were published for the first time?
I announced it on my website/blog and social media. Then I signed up for a virtual tour.
Q: Since you’ve been published, how have you grown as a writer and now a published author?
Once I saw it in print I realized I could do anything I put my mind to and have continued my writing with many spoons in my creative soup bowl. I am confident that absolutely anything can evolve into my next project – my fears are now abated.
Q: What has surprised or amazed you about the publishing industry as a whole?
With all the different avenues for getting ones work published, anyone has the opportunity to provide the world with their gift of words put into amazing ideas. With the increasing ease it is to get any book you want from anywhere in the world why not try to take flight with publishing your dream if you so desire.
Q: What is the most rewarding thing about being a published author?
Right now just having so much fun being on virtual tour and learning so much about the book industry. I am loving it!
Q: Any final words for writers who dream of being published one day?
Your dream is a reality and only your imagination can prevent you from being published. If you have something to say share your gift – you owe it to the world to share your expertise no matter what it may be. Everyone has something important to satiate the minds of readers.
We have a wonderful guest post for you today by Judge Glenda Hatchett, television personality and author of her new self-help book, Dare to Take Charge: How to Live Your Life on Purpose (Center Street). You can visit Judge Hatchett’s website at www.glendahatchett.com.
by Judge Glenda Hatchett
- Author of National Best-Selling book “Say What You Mean and Mean What You Say”
- Received a “Made in NY” award in 2005 for her contribution to New York City’s daytime television community
- Serves as a National Spokesperson for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)
- Named one of the “100 Best & Brightest Women in Corporate America” by Ebony Magazine
- Best known nationally for her “creative sentencing” and revolutionary “interventions”
- Became Georgia’s first African-American chief presiding judge of a state court
- Recognized by the National Bar Association as Outstanding Jurist of the Year
- Received the Roscoe Pound Award, the highest award for outstanding work in criminal justice, from the National Council on Crime & Delinquency
- Received the Outstanding Community Service award from the Spelman College Board of Trustees
- Received the NAACP’s Thurgood Marshall award
After graduating from Emory University School of Law and completing a coveted clerkship in the U.S. Federal Courts, Glenda Hatchett accepted a position at Delta Air Lines, as the company’s highest-ranking African-American woman. She served in dual roles as a senior attorney for Delta, litigating cases in federal courts throughout the country, and Manager of Public Relations, supervising global crisis management, and media relations for all of Europe, Asia and the United States. In fact, her outstanding contributions were recognized by Ebony Magazine, which named Glenda Hatchett one of the “100 Best and Brightest Women in Corporate America.” She made the difficult decision to leave Delta Air Lines in order to accept an appointment as Chief Presiding Judge of the Fulton County, Georgia Juvenile Court.
Upon accepting the position, Glenda Hatchett became Georgia’s first African-American Chief Presiding Judge of a state court and the department head of one of the largest juvenile court systems in the country. Glenda Hatchett is a graduate of Mt. Holyoke College and has been recognized as a distinguished alumni and awarded an honorary degree by the college. She also attended Emory University School of Law and because of her commitment to excellence and service within the community, Glenda was awarded the Emory Medal, the highest award given to an alum by the university. Currently, Glenda Hatchett presides over the syndicated show, “Judge Hatchett” currently in its 8th season (Sony Pictures Television), and is author of the national best-seller, “Say What You Mean, Mean What You Say” (HarperCollins). She has previously served on the Board of Directors of Gap, Inc. the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), and The Service Master Company.
Presently, Glenda Hatchett is a board member of the Atlanta Falcons Football Organization and serves on the Board of Advisors for Play Pumps International. She also serves on the Boys and Girls Clubs of America National Board of Governors and she resides in Atlanta, Georgia with her two sons.
Her latest book is Dare to Take Charge: How to Live Your Life on Purpose.