Award Winning AuthorHouse Author, Myne Whitman, is Living Her Dream
Today AuthorHouse published author, Myne Whitman, lives with her husband in America’s Pacific Northwest. She has certainly travelled a long way from her home in Enugu, Nigeria to achieve her “childhood dream of spinning stories.”
Whitman holds a Masters degree in Public Health Research, but writing has always been her passion. She realized her dream of becoming a published author in December, 2009, after self-publishing her first book, A Heart to Mend, through AuthorHouse. It soon became apparent that she had made the right decision as today she is regarded as an inspiration to her fellow Nigerian writers.
National Award Winner
A Heart to Mend was an instant success, establishing Whitman as one of Nigeria’s most popular contemporary fiction writers in the romance genre. Her popularity was rewarded with four Nigerian Blog Awards and validated with several weeks spent at the top of Amazon UK’s Kindle bestseller list.
So What Made Whitman Choose the Romance Genre?
As with many authors the most natural writing flows when you are depicting something you are genuinely passionate about. Whitman is passionate about, well, passion. She is a “great believer in love” and considers herself “lucky to meet and marry the love of [her] life.” Her writing is a reflection of her real life romance and contrast between the “drizzling winter rains” of her present home and her “dreams of the long, hot days” in her native Nigeria.
An Inspiration to Her Fellow Nigerian Writers
Whitman recognizes the difficulties facing Nigerian writers in gaining recognition for her work. Seeing her success, she was contacted by a number of aspiring Nigerian authors asking for help and advice. Whitman’s response was to create Naijastories. Nigerian writers can join this community and connect with one another, agents, published authors and the general public to find ways to gain their own recognition.
“It was my way of saying to Nigerian writers and other writers that you’re not alone, you just have to keep writing and one day your voice will be heard.”
The Importance of Book Marketing Online
Whitman says she is “passionate about using the internet and social media to promote the book industry and reading culture in [her] home country.” Her Nigerian Blog Awards and work as a full time blogger has helped Whitman find her niche market. She is growing her readership by organizing blog tours for her books so her fans and followers can help to spread the word.
There is a great synchronicity that occurs when promoting your work through social media. The blog promotes the books while the book promotes the blog. Whitman has found this reciprocity extremely rewarding. She advises that any author considering self-publishing must “find out the services being offered and use only what they can afford and hope to recover within a realistic time frame.”
The AuthorHouse Self-Publishing Experience
Whitman describes working with AuthorHouse as a “smooth experience” and adds, “Everything was explained to me and the work was finished in the given time.” Something every aspiring author must realize, according to successfully self published, award winning writer, Myne Whitman, is “…with self-publishing, the author will likely have to do a lot of promotion.”
AuthorHouse Publishing offers an impressive portfolio of personalized AuthorHouse marketing services to help authors spread their book’s word and find their audience.
About the Book
A Heart to Mend
Gladys moves to live with an estranged aunt in Lagos and to continue her search for a job. Before long she lands the job of her dreams with the foremost oil company in the city and makes several new friends. She also gradually resolves the mystery of why her aunt previously cut all ties with their family. But the best part about her new life is meeting Edward Bestman.
HE HAS A CLOSED PAST
Edward is good-looking, super rich but emotionally scarred. Gladys gets him to see that she loves him and that together they can surmount all their differences. However, when they return from a romantic trip abroad, they find that some unnamed people are about to take over his business empire. Edward’s past has come back to haunt both of them as Gladys is enmeshed in the loss of several million shares of the Bestman Group.
AND HE WILL PAY…WITH HIS HEART
Who are the people close to Edward who want to betray him and destroy his happiness with Gladys? Will Edward overcome his fear of love and commitment and put his trust in Gladys?