Author Name: Grace Blair
Genre: Teen & Young Adult Historical Fantasy, Self-Help Personal Development
Books: Einstein’s Compass a YA Time Traveler Adventure; Do You Have a Dream Workbook 5 Keys to Realize Your Dream; 5 Keys to Courage, Confidence and Creativity
Bio: Grace Blair is an award-winning self-help and motivational author, and a podcast host who has assisted thousands to find their spiritual wisdom to solve everyday challenges.
What got you started as a writer? I watched the television series Murder She Wrote. The main character, Jessica Fletcher was a writer who traveled, and I thought I would also like to be a writer who traveled.
What is your writing routine? I write when my creative cup is full of the characters and stories who are ready for me to put on paper. When the cup is empty, I get up and do something else.
What route did you take to get your books published? Modern Mystic Media is my company where I self-publish. Bublish assists me to edit, publish, market, sell and track my sales.
What things do you do to promote your books? I launched Einstein’s Compass with a book blog and audiobook blog tours. I also submitted book listings on all on-line bookstores, including Amazon, Kobo, iTunes, and Google Play. I create promotions through Mailchimp and Bublish send out tweets each weekend to 800,000 Twitter users. I use social media daily, specifically Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. I also have a nationwide book distribution with Barnes & Noble through Bublish. In addition, editorial and book reviews for Amazon and Goodreads help spread the word. I participate in book signings in local bookstores and book fairs. I created a three-minute video to be shown on our local television station. I’m currently in a shopping agreement with a Hollywood producer who is assisting me with Einstein’s Compass to become a television series. Finally, I advertise twice a year on Kindle Daily Nation Kids Week book promotion.
What is your favorite genre to read and why? I love history. Through historical fiction I can be entertained and learn history.
Do you prefer to write dialogue or description? Both. I like writing descriptions as the background of the story with dialogue to show the depth of the story and characters.
Have any of your characters ever surprised you? Yes, all the time
Did this change the plot of your book? Yes
What is the most demanding thing you have accomplished in your life? Overcoming an abusive early family environment
What three events or people have most influenced how you live your life? My spiritual teacher, John-Roger, my husband, John Blair, and Kathy Meis of Bublish.
What would you tell your younger self? Go to college.
Have you ever met up with a bear on a hike? If so, what did you do? If not, are you looking up what to do right now? No, I have never met a bear on a hike. If I did, I would growl bigger and chase the bear away.
You’re locked in your local library for the night with no dinner. Thank goodness you have water, but you only have enough change to buy one item from the vending machine. Choices are limited to: Fudge Pop Tarts, Snickers or Doritos. Which would you choose and why? None. I do not eat sugar so not Fudge Pop Tarts or Snickers. I am lactose intolerant so no Doritos.
What’s the largest number of people you’ve had in your kitchen at one time? Twenty
Closing thoughts: Einstein’s Compass received multiple awards in 2020, including the Best Sci-Fi Audiobook Review and the Indie Author Best Book Award and was awarded 1st Place in the Royal Dragonfly Book Award for Historical Fiction.
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15 thoughts on “Who’s That Indie Author? Grace Blair”
I like Blair’s approach to creative output, writing when her cup is full, go doing something else when it’s empty. Great interview!
Thank you for your kind comment. Have an inspiring day.
Thanks, BookMom for featuring me and my books on your wonderful blog. I appreciate your kindness. Have a blessed and inspiring day.
You ask great questions, Barbara. Even though I’m neither a teenager or young adult, I would buy 5 Mystic Keys based on the cover alone. Great job, Grace, and happy marketing! You have a tremendous reach in so many venues, especially Twitter–wow!
Thanks Marian please let me know how you like 5 Mystic Keys. I appreciate your kind comment. Grace
I’ve read most of Grace’s books. The non-fic are readable, helpful while still entertaining. Einstein’s Compass–what an excellent fiction read! Thanks for hosting her,
Thank you, Jacqui, for your generous comment.
Hi, Barbara – Thank you for introducing us to Grace.
Hi, Grace – Congratulations on the success of your books. Good luck with the television series. That is very exciting!
Thank you for your comment. When writing Einstein’s Compass, I saw each chapter as an episode for a tv series. My intention from the beginning was to share my novel with the world. Please help me get EC on the silver screen by holding a positive vision with me.
What a terrific interview! Grace’s ambition is admirable. Just reading about all she does to promote her books made me exhausted. Congratulations to her for her many successes!
Thank you explorenewness for your thoughtful comment. I have a passion to spread the word to dream. Few people know young Albert Einstein was a Jewish boy attending a Catholic school. He was bullied by his peers and teachers. While in high school his parents left him with his aunt and uncle. He suffered depression with the loss of his family and the constant confrontation at school. When he finished college, his professors refused to help him find a job. Yet, with all his struggles he never gave up on his dream of knowing what time and light is. My novel tells the story of his struggles and how he did not give up. And as a result, Albert Einstein changed the world. Many people today are struggling with their lives and what to do as our world changes. I want to encourage anyone who has a dream to go for it. So, I spend a lot of time spreading the word…DREAM and DO. Go for the adventure in your life.
Great interview, Barbara and Grace. Twenty people in the kitchen? Wow! 🙂
Yes, a big kitchen a party to thank the contractor who remodeled my kitchen and bath. Friends loved the fresh look.
It must be a big kitchen, Grace, and a great party. We have what my wife calls a “one butt kitchen.” 🙂
Yes, I have lived in a dwelling with a “one butt kitchen”. I always wanted a big kitchen to cook and live in. We have a large table in the kitchen where we have guests for a family meal. Makes it homey.