Welcome back! I’m so excited for today’s post! If you haven’t checked last week’s then make sure you check it out!! Okay let’s get on with today’s interview with Deanna Leduc!
Please tell me a little about what you are doing now and how you got there?
Deanna: The truth is, I am doing a few things right now. I am an author, freelance writer and life coach. I started off writing when I was about 12, by the time I was 15 I knew that I wanted to be an author and on my 18th birthday I sent out half a dozen manuscripts to different publishers. Within two months I had a contract with one of them!
After that I was hooked. So I kept writing and submitting, and I’ve been very lucky. I’ve published 7 books, 4 of which have made it to the best sellers list!
However being an author doesn’t always pay the bills, so I took up freelance writing. I’ve done everything from Amish Romance, to interviews with pornstars. My freelancing varies from reviews, to beta reading and editing. Personally, I absolutely love beta reading for authors because it allows me to help that author elevate they’re working progress, something they’re passionate about.
Over the years, I started to get people asking me a lot of questions about writing, publishing, and promoting their books. And that’s kind of how the life coach thing happened. It started off with people hiring me to help them with their books, publishing goals and then it slowly turned into people asking for my advice on other things as well.
Please tell me what a day in your life looks like?
Deanna: My days really depend on what kind of work I have ahead of me. If I have coaching clients then I focus on them but if I don’t have any clients then I focus on my writing.
What advice would you have for women reading this who are not happy with what they are doing?
Deanna: My biggest piece of advice would be to take a risk. I’m a huge risk taker, I get an idea and I roll with it. It doesn’t always pay off but I always learn something from it.
I would also say connect with people who have the same goals as you. Positive common like-minded people who will help you stay on track towards a life that will make you happy.
In order to do that you need to figure out what you want. Grab a pen and a piece of paper and write down your goals. I’m a huge believer in goals, once you start accomplishing things then you become addicted to this feeling of pride that you get when you achieve something.
What hobbies or practices do you do to stay relaxed and creative?
Deanna: I love to work with my hands. I also love working out, baking, reading, and basically anything that will leave me physically exhausted.
I also have a blog- because you know, my life isn’t surrounded with enough writing! My blog doesn’t always enough time spent on it but I’m getting there by scheduling posts that I’m passionate about.
What project are you working on at the moment?
Deanna: Right now, I’m finishing up the last three chapters of a female orientated, personal Improvement book. I’ve always wanted to do one and I’ve done lots of research for it. I’m trying to make sure it is practical, not like everything out there, and helpful. So it’s been a lot of long nights, but I’m getting really excited to see it coming together!
I’ve also just recently created a Facebook group that has been a passion project of mine, so it’s taking a lot of my time, which I’m loving! For any women out there, you should check us out (because what would an interview be without at least one shameless plug?) we have a lot of chances to promote your business, but it’s about a lot more than that. It’s about helping build the life you want, and helping to keep you motivated as well as challenged, and thinking about where you want to be in six months or a year.
Thanks for sharing Deanna! What an inspiring post!
What are you going to do this week to work on your goals? Remember small steps = big dreams. Take one step every day for a year and you will be 365 steps closer!
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