Saturday, June 28, 2014

Tennessee Valley Author Event: Spotlight, Interview and Giveaway: Janae Mitchell

With the Tennessee Valley Author Event looming only days away, I'm spotlighting some of the authors from the event! For those of you who can come to the event this is a great way to get to know a little bit about each of the attending authors ... and for those of you too far away to come, this is a chance to discover new authors and new books that just might be right up your alley! And so, without further ado:

Brandi Kennedy: Janae Mitchell, welcome to my blog!

Janae Mitchell: Thank you for taking the time to chat with me.

Brandi Kennedy: Why don't you tell my readers a little bit about yourself?

Janae Mitchell: I was born and raised in East Tennessee, which most people realize as soon as I open my mouth. If this interview was on TV, they would probably stick subtitles under me. I went on a trip to NYC one time and ended up having to spell a lot of things. But I love Tennessee and couldn't imagine living anywhere else; it's beautiful.

After doing hair for almost fifteen years, I finally decided to pursue a long time dream of mine, and that was to write. I never through that my first book would ever get published, especially not as quickly as it did. I'm still in awe when I open my book and see my words in print. But the best part is when people tell me how much they love it. That's the reason why I write, so no matter how many books I sell, my goal has been accomplished.

Brandi Kennedy: Well, don't worry, you won't be the only one with subtitles! I wasn't born in Tennessee, but I've been here for 15 years, and I love it! I have often said that although I am not "from" here, Tennessee is now my home.  But tell me, will TNVAE be your first signing event, or are you more of a seasoned pro at this point?

Janae Mitchell: Tnvae will be my third signing event and I'm guessing I'll be just as nervous for it as I was my first. I don't ever see myself NOT being nervous. But once it starts and people show up - yay! - I'm fine. I love talking to everybody and I'm humbled that they're even there.

If I had a bit of advice for an author's first signing event, it would be to make sure they ask how to spell everyone's name, even if it's a common one that you think you know how to spell. Also, use a colored pen so that your signature stands out. My go-to colors are purple and blue, which match my hair and my book cover for 'For Always.' It's also good to have some book swag, such as signed bookmarks, which I didn't realize that people loved so much. I always have signed bookmarks on hand to give away.

Brandi Kennedy: Good tips, especially the one about making sure to ask how to spell peoples' names. How many titles do you expect to have available by the time of the event?

Janae Mitchell: I will have two - my debut novel, 'For Always,' which is book one in the series, and book two, which is called 'For Now.'

Brandi Kennedy: I'm excited to read them both! And will you be bringing all of your titles to the event?

Janae Mitchell: Yes.

Brandi Kennedy: Awesome! In the meantime, is there a way for fans to contact you, if they wish to order signed copies of books you won't be bringing with you? Or if they won't be able to attend the event but would like to order books anyway?

Janae Mitchell: As of right now, I'm still able to provide signed copies to readers. All they have to do is go to the 'shop' page of my website.

Brandi Kennedy: That's great! What other forms of social media can readers use to follow you and your writing?

Janae Mitchell: Facebook, Twitter, my blog, Wattpad, Instagram and Pinterest

Brandi Kennedy: Well, I'm really looking forward to meeting you at the Tennessee Valley Author Event, Janae. Thanks so much for taking the time to answer my questions today.

Janae Mitchell: Thanks for having me! I look forward to meeting you, too.

Alright, readers, there you have it! Janae Mitchell!
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