A. Tunson: New Millennium Love
Many first time authors wait for the day when they finally see their name in print and take their place among the rest who are called authors. A. Tunson has done just that and she took time from her schedule to say a few words with us.
Who is A.Tunson?
Born in Berkeley CA, raised in the small quaint town of Ukiah CA, then moving to Sacramento CA in her teens, Ashanti Tunson has been rooted in a diverse sense of community, style, and culture. She takes pride in her colorful upbringing, crediting her adventurous and open minded personality to her exposure to various social dynamics, and adapting to change at such a young age.
Mrs. Tunson’s passion for love, life, and family is the primary motivation for her first book, New Millennium Love. The struggles of growing up too fast, trying to tackle major life decisions while developing herself, surely provided its share of trials and tribulations. Yet surviving and overcoming adversities prove to be her most epic accomplishment. Through her first book project, Mrs. Tunson has compiled her truth as it relates to the complexities of modern day relationships, raising a family, managing a career; all while trying to maintain contentment and happiness where it counts most, at home!
How long have you been writing?
I didn’t officially start “writing” to the extent I do now until about 2009 when I began writing “New Millennium Love”. I’ve always written professionally throughout my career; but leisurely…does writing in a diary count?! I guess my diary was an indication I would end up writing something; I’ve always enjoyed the “release” of writing down my thoughts and then reflecting back on them at a later time…
What inspired you to write your book “New Millennium Love”?
I was inspired primarily by reflecting back on the relationship with my current husband and realizing just how challenging it has been for us over the years. Like many other couples, life threw us a lot of bumps in the road. But how we matured and overcame those obstacles, where we are today, is amazing to me. So, I thought of all the couples in our modern society trying to juggle it all – careers, kids, and each other! I watched all types of relationship struggles depicted in movies and on television, fiction to non-fiction, and I wanted to give my perspective on what I feel is essential to sustain a successful relationship in this millennium era.
What steps did you take to publish your book?
I first started by just jotting down thoughts, speaking them into my phone on the highway, in parking lots, at home; anywhere I felt inspired. Next I started dictating my notes, creating discussion topics; which later became chapters and subsections. Bouncing between work, home and life in general, this stage took the longest. I often struggled with the idea of writing a book, and thought I was biting off more than I could chew! But then I met some amazing indie authors who paved the way, and made this whole self-publishing thing make sense…I got motivated to kick it up a notch and get my book finished. I started attending more book events, learning and observing others. Since I was limited on funds, I decided to work with up and coming individuals like myself who needed an avenue to “do their thing”. I hired a web-based graphic designer for my book cover, and hired a college student to do the editing. From there it was all on me; I researched online like crazy to find tips and resources on self-publishing. I set up accounts with major self-publishing resources like Amazon (CreateSpace and KindleDirect), Goodreads, Smashwords, etc. I also started my social media sites, connecting with other indie authors and readers; setting up a platform online for people to get to know me. I started with publishing my book in eBook form, and then quickly added print copies. I’m currently looking into producing my book in audio form, and hope to complete that by the end of the year.
What’s your favorite part in “New Millennium Love”?
Ooh, that is tricky; I like various parts for different reasons! I’d have to narrow it down to two parts. The first being the “Man Drama” chapter, just because I feel it makes its point with such honesty, and a little humor; most men will appreciate the message without being offended. And my other section would definitely be the “Final Thought” at the end of the book.
Outside of writing this book, I understand you’re involved in other projects. Would you mind sharing what those are with us?
Lol, my family is my biggest project at this time! I’ve seriously spent so much time on this book and my career over the past several years, my family deserves some time to be my #1 priority. My sons just recently graduated H.S., so we’re getting them ready for college. After they get settled into their new lives as young adults, I plan to start a women’s group of some sort; be it “girl time” to bond and hang out, or a flash mob crew to tap into my passion for dance. Whatever it is, it will be fun and exciting, staying true to the “Y.O.L.O” motto!
How can the readers contact you if they would like to receive a personal copy? Do you have a website?
For personalized/signed copies, people can email me at email@example.com and I will respond with an invoice to purchase through PayPal; and I will send it right away! My website is www.amazon.com/author/atunson.
What advice do you have for someone just starting out as an author?
I’d say try not to get overwhelmed by all the details. It seems like a lot to learn, but if you spend the time researching online and submerging yourself in the literary scene, it will all make sense very soon! Whatever you write about, make sure it comes from your heart, that it’s genuine and something your passionate about; and don’t mimic anyone else’s style, approach, etc. Writing is a wonderful gift of expression, and there is no right way to do it…just “do you” and have fun with it!!
Is there anything else you would like to say in closing?
Thank you for your interest in me and my new book; I hope your all inspired to check me out – Much Love!!