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Author Life - April Meersman

Author Life - April Meersman

 |  Author Life

 

April Meersman, the author of 'All In Good Time' released her book in January 2020. We wanted to catch up with the new author and see how life had been treating her since she was published.

   

 

  1. Did you always dream of becoming an author?
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  3. I have a thing for books. I always thought it would be nice to own a book I wrote but I seriously never dreamed I would take the time to do it. One day, I looked at my husband and told him, "I want to write a book." It was on my bucket list of things I wished to accomplish. From the moment I wrote my first chapter I was hooked. Something inside me burst open and I have been tiding up ever since. Carefully lifting a creative chapter here or a philosophical verse there to be added to a white page that turns ideas into magic! I imagine I will be doing this for the rest of my life.

 

 

 

  1. What was your first job?
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  3. If you exclude babysitting jobs, then Day Camp leader in Rocky Mountain House, Alberta would have been my first real job.

 

 

 

  1. How did you come about writing your book? Was that your intention or did you start writing for fun?
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  3. I was writing a family friendly newsletter about 15 years ago. When we started the diner in 2010, I just couldn't find the time to write. About eight years after starting the diner, I really missed expelling colourful images from my mind. So, yes, my intention was to start and finish writing a book. I just had no idea it would get published. I am grateful it did.

 

 

  1. What was your life like before you became an author?
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  3. We work 7 days a week, usually 12 hour shifts. I own a diner in a small community and my husband and I run it ourselves. Sometimes, however, our son and daughter-in-law will take over for a few hours. We have been doing this since November of 2010.

 

 

 

  1. Did you face any struggles before becoming an author? If so, how did you overcome them?
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  3. I am dyslexic. I learned to read as an adult. I knew words and was an acceptable speller but I couldn't remember what I read. I could never understand why people read novels for entertainment. I started retraining my brain each night when I chatted online. I lived in Quebec at the time, so my only exposure to English was chatting with people I met on the internet. It forced my brain to read and respond with the correct answer. It was about six months later that I found out I could read and remember what I read. This opened up reading. The writing came when I started my newsletter. It was written for a woman who's English was moderate, so my writing reflected that. If I kept it simple, I knew she could read it. Week after week, my writing got stronger and so did her English skills. I had to stop writing when we moved to Saskatchewan in 2008.

 

 

 

 

  1. Now that you are a published author, how has your life changed, if at all?
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  3. I think my perception of myself has changed. I now know I can do anything I set my mind to. There is internal growth in trying something and finishing a project. My friends and customers haven't treated me any different than they did before, but I feel I now have an earned title. I am a published author.

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Can you please describe a typical day in your life now?
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  3. My life is Feb. 2nd, Groundhog Day! Get up, go to the diner and work until we are closed or the kids come and take over. My life is not very exciting. Although, with the release of "All-in good time," my customers are thrilled to get a signed copy from the author.

 

 

 

 

  1. What is your most memorable moment of your life as an author?
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  4. The moment I opened the box containing my books. I knew what I wrote and now I was getting the opportunity to share it with others. It was a solid check mark on my bucket list. And it was tangible, I could hold it in my hand.

 

 

 

 

  1. In a few words, how would you review your experience with Pegasus Publishers?
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I knew this was going to be a long process and it was. However, the girls were professional and addressed each question I had in a timely manner. When I handed over my manuscript, I also handed them my lack of publishing experience. Like an expectant parent, I waited impatiently. I am glad I did. I am proud of what they created for me. Professional, courteous and an excellent quality product.

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Why did you choose Pegasus Publishers?

 

I had finished my manuscript and thought I should send it to a publisher and see how many rejections I would get. (Maybe someone would give me advice on improving it.) After all, no one gets their book picked up by a publisher the first time around. I stumbled onto the Pegasus Publisher's website and since I didn't have any extra time on my hands for self-publishing, this felt like the right place. A gut feeling if you will. I uploaded my full story and less than a year later, my book arrived on my doorstep. I have enjoyed the experience immeasurably!


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