The Power of Connection


I’m taking an online course on marketing. It’s geared toward writers and forces us to get out of our comfort zone. Like many writers, I’m an introvert. Sitting at my laptop with my headphones on, listening to rainstorms, typing up my latest and greatest chapters of prose makes me happy. Okay, so it might not be great prose, but you get the picture. For me, the joy of writing is the act of creating it. 

But every activity has its downside. To stay healthy, you must eat fruits and vegetables and exercise regularly. A family, especially one with teenagers involved, generates copious amounts of laundry. Bills need to be paid, lawns mowed, taxes submitted. You get the idea.

Writing is no different. I can write for days and days but unless I share my work, I don’t know what it means to people. I don’t know if Tasha is a compelling protagonist or if I have pushed too far on Doug’s meanness. (I’m not sure if a villain can be too mean. Any thoughts, Awesome Reader?) 

Hence the marketing course. It forces me out of my comfort zone and makes me face the thing I avoid. Which up to this point has been blogging. 

The other thing I learned this week, which is more on point with the title of this post, is the power of connection. A recent assignment had me contacting writers. I ended up talking with six. Most of them I met through online writing courses. Two I met face-to-face at a writer’s conference. I’ve known several of these creators for years. Others, I recently met. 

Part of the assignment was to actually talk with the writer, either via phone or video chat. It was a pretty amazing experience. Even though as a teenager, I spent hours every night on the telephone, I forgot how important it is to have a verbal connection. It was an amazing experience. I got to hear the voice of the real, live person whose glorious writing I’ve been enjoying. 

I’m so excited by my discovery, I’ve decided to spotlight each writer I interviewed here in the blog. My goal is to expose you to the interesting and creative writers you may not have heard about. Not everyone I spotlight will be published yet or they might only have one book out. There is a variety of genres represented as well as books for children, teens, and adults. I’d love to hear your thoughts about these author spotlights. You can reach me at  carolewolfeauthor@gmail.com 

Without further ado, let’s get to know Peta-Gaye Nash.

Award-winning author Peta-Gaye Nash started her writing career early in life, journaling from the age of seven or eight. She still journals and finds it therapeutic. Born in Jamaica, she’s lived in the United States, Norway, and Canada, where she currently lives. While she lived in Norway, her mother sent her some newspaper clippings from a Jamaican paper. Peta-Gaye read them and realized she could write short stories, too! She submitted her work to an editor in Jamaica and was published. Since then, she has published six children’s books as well as a novel for adults. 

Peta-Gaye continues to find the joy of creating when she writes. She explained it so well when she said, “I enjoy the feeling of being in the flow and being productive.” She referred to writing as a soul-lifting experience. Peta-Gaye also likes books readings. She’s done several for her children’s books. 

Of course, like many writers (yours truly included), the marketing aspect of things is a bit challenging. Social media can be time-consuming, but it is the love of writing that keeps Peta-Gaye going. 

Local writers groups helped Peta-Gaye early in her career. She met with groups for many years. As a busy mother of four, she hasn’t had as much time to devote to the groups but hopes this year to plug into one of the many local groups in her area. 

Learn more about Peta-Gaye at http://petagayenash.com

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Author photo provided by Peta-Gaye Nash.