Alright – so today we’ve got the honor of introducing you to Dr Jeannita Bussle. We think you’ll enjoy our conversation, we’ve shared it below.
Dr. Bussle, appreciate you joining us today. Alright – so having the idea is one thing, but going from idea to execution is where countless people drop the ball. Can you talk to us about your journey from idea to execution?
Many people have aspirations to write a book, however, they have no idea where to begin. I have had countless people approach me asking for advice on where to start and my answer is always the same. I tell them to “just start writing.” You have to literally grab a notebook (or laptop) and put the pen to paper. Start brainstorming ideas. With my two books and my doctoral treatise, my process remained the same. I knew what I wanted to cover and I methodically wrote on each subject matter and/or period of my life. I never focus on page numbers or grammatical errors in the beginning phase of writing. All of those details are addressed after the draft is complete. Once I complete a draft I ask a few trusted friends to read the piece and offer honest feedback. Once this is complete I send the draft to a professional editor. There are several websites that will put authors in touch with various editors around the country. The one I have used is Reedsy.
After the final draft returns from editing, it is time to actually put the book together. I have used a company that helps authors with this process. They can walk you through the steps such as obtaining an ISBN number and uploading the book to Amazon. The final step is to hit the publish button!
Awesome – so before we get into the rest of our questions, can you briefly introduce yourself to our readers?
I always wanted to write, however, I never knew where to start. After tragedy struck my life in 2017, I used my pain to pen my memoir, Sorrow to Shero. My work as a counselor influenced me to write a workbook for women titled Let’s Be honest, Sis: Are we truly our sister’s keeper? The response has been phenomenal and I am grateful.
I write from personal experience. My writings are very relatable to the everyday person. I intentionally use raw language and I never attempt to talk over anyones’ head. I believe this sets me apart from some authors.
What do you think is the goal or mission that drives your creative journey?
Yes. I want to provide hope for the person that believes they do not have a way out, particularly victims of domestic violence. I used my memoir to shine a light on psychological abuse and the internal damage it causes victims, both male and female. My goal is to mentor, motivate, and assist youth and domestic violence survivors.
What do you find most rewarding about being creative?
The most rewarding aspect of being a creative is the ability to impact lives. I have received emails from women around the country about how my books touched them. One shared sentiment is that these women can see themselves in the pages and they feel inspired by my story. I am pleased to know that after reading my books several of my readers have also turned their pain into power.
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Niesha Lanae Graves