Welcome to BookView Interview, a conversation series where BookView talks to authors.
Recently, we interviewed Tannette Calderon about her writing and her book, God Favors You, an inspirational self-help guide to help you find life purpose and how to serve others through God. (Read the review here.)
TANNETTE CALDERON is a medium, natural channel, intuitive, and visionary with multiple gifts. She has experienced different variants of mediumship, which are still being expanded and developed.
www.tpcinsights.com – This is not up and running just yet.
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What was an early experience where you learned that language had power?
I never thought when I was younger that language had power. I was drawn to non-fiction and researching information. I thought the language informed me of facts and never thought of using language to misinform people. I was more interested in finding what the truth of a topic is.
As time went on, I found that many people do not use language for the betterment of everyone. They misuse words, mislead people, and do not use language properly. I keep working on getting as good as I can become when it has to do with using language. I am still struggling at times and working on it.
What does literary success look like to you?
I feel that getting the message from the book out to as many people as possible is a success.
Do you find writing therapeutic?
I enjoy writing since it relaxes me, and I feel better after a writing session. Writing can be used to list what you have been through, goals you want to attain, what is true for yourself, messages you want to give to others, the information you have found in research, what others want to say through you, the writer, and more. Writing gives me an extra boost of energy to do more of everything.
Do you think someone could be a writer if they don’t feel emotions strongly?
Someone could be a writer if they don’t feel strong emotions. You do not have to have that much emotion to write in many facets of non-fiction. Everyone has emotions and needs to learn how to express those emotions and feelings in a controlled and good way so that others realize what is affecting them.
If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Don’t give up. Get a mentor, coach, or take a pertinent class with an excellent and patient instructor to build up your deficiencies. Keep trying and work on improving. There is no definite time that you have to finish. You just keep working on your goal. There are various types of writing, and you should explore those to see what resonates with you and what you enjoy doing.
Maybe the time for you to write has not come to you yet. It may or may not, so don’t be distressed in any way. Take life as it comes to you.
What is the best money you ever spent as a writer?
I spent money on assistance from a publisher. I feel the money spent will help gain public interest in the book and its messages. Also, I spent money on a 12-week editing course before editing the first draft. This course was money well spent since I now have an easier time editing my writings. I feel the money spent carefully on my first book will help me with the next book that should be easier to accomplish. I take it a step at a time to try to understand everything that I am doing and needs to get done, so the news about the book content is spread far and wide and more people are interested to read the book.
How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?
Thinking about the next book I will not change my writing process. I do view the book cover/dustcover differently after going through the process of creating one. I may change how I do that for the next book.
Do you google yourself?
I only googled the book and my name after someone told me to google to see the bookseller locations carrying the book two months after publishing.
What is your favorite childhood book?
I remember my favorite poetry book was Mother Goose’s book of poetry. I liked the illustrations too. I had other books I was interested in and also enjoyed what books the school and libraries had on different topics. I remember having an interest in finding out about the Native American Indians and still have that interest at times. I took a trip to the library to find more about them and wrote a school paper on that topic. I found it very eye-opening what had happened to them, and since that time, more information was revealed about their culture, plight, and problems which are now more factual than conjecture or half-truths.
What is the most difficult part of your artistic process and biggest challenge as a writer?
I decided to take a 12-week editing course through a local community college and then edit the book contents myself with assistance from a family member. Editing takes a long time but is a necessary step that must be done several times to establish the book contents to be as clear and understandable as possible. If it takes twenty times or more to check the content and feel that it is more correct with any editing changes, then, it has to be edited until you feel it is finally acceptable to you to be released to the public. If you still have a doubt, then keep editing.
Does your family support your endeavors as a writer?
My family members are positive and helpful at times, which depends on what I need.
If you had to do something differently as a child or teenager to become a better writer as an adult, what would you do?
I would find a very patient English, grammar teacher who has written books/stories/manuscripts/etc. and helps by offering excellent advice and examples by taking it slowly, so I understand what is taught and that knowledge sinks into my brain.
After the writing is finished, how do you judge the quality of your work?
If it reads well, makes sense, and flows easily when you read the content, then I like what is produced. It also has to be understandable to most individuals reading the material.
What in particular attracted you to this genre?
I was interested in a different direction in my life which led to a reading by a medium, meditation, then mediumship, and all of that led to writing.
Are you a feeler or a thinker?
I am a thinker and expanding on the feeling part of me. I liked to control my feelings to understand what is happening around me in the present. I think a state of feelings and emotions can get a person into trouble when dealing with other people. You are more vulnerable sitting in or sustaining an emotional state and many times not in the present or able to deal with the present sensibly.
How different was your life one year ago?
I was not as relaxed or confident a year ago. Now, I am less worried and doing more things I have never done before. This book has propelled me into meeting and speaking with many more people since I am now into the marketing phase of the book being circulated. I am learning the steps in book publishing and hoping that I am doing what I need to do correctly and on time. I still do not have a timeline to follow. I am just creating that as I go along.
Is there anything you want to unlearn?
The grammar errors I keep doing when writing and then I have to edit.
What do you hope readers will take away from this story?
I want readers to take away the results of these intentions from reading this book.
Gain a better understanding of how God, spirits, and people interact with each other.
Experience the needed connection to God and spirits.
Gain answers to some of their questions.
Feel a sense of new hope.
Experience the realization and fulfillment of the plan for change.
What makes this book important right now?
The book deals with how God, angels, and people relate to each other.
People realize a spiritual side to themselves and want to learn more about the spirit world.
This book is powerful writing today as many realize that we are in the last days or end of days. This book is applicable now and as we advance.
There is a list of questions printed on the back cover of the book that the book answers. Anyone asking one or more of those questions would be interested in reading this book.
Many people are seeking their purpose in life and this book has insights on how to go about finding your purpose.
What’s next for you?
I feel that I will be writing a second book, and delving more into mediumship and spiritual practices.
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