I would like to introduce you to Randi Fine, author of Fine…ly.
Interview with Author Randi Fine
Please share with us a little bit about yourself.
I am a Baltimore native, but Ft. Lauderdale has been my home for the last six years. My wonderful husband and I have been married for twenty-three years, and we have two amazing adult children; a daughter and a son. In addition to being an author, I am a jewelry designer and crafter. My proficiency and interests have always been in the arts: writing and playing music, exploring various art mediums, and most recently writing. I am also the host of my own blog radio talk-show, A Fine Time for Healing, a platform that I use to share the painful life experiences that I have risen above, and even more importantly to help others heal and live happier, emotionally healthy, more peaceful lives.
When did you begin your writing?
When my youngest child left home for college in 2009, and my main focus of being a stay at home Mom ended, I decided to take on the challenge of writing my memoir. That decision came as a great surprise to me, as well as everyone who knew me, because I had never had, or shown any interest in writing before. But suddenly it seemed like all the stars lined up; the timing felt perfect. I thought about all the encouraging words I’d heard from people over the years that had heard my story and told me, “You really should write a book.” So I did…and through that project I found my new passion as a writer.
How long did it take you to write your book?
It took one year, writing well over forty hours per week, to complete my first manuscript. By the time I had finished my first draft, my writing skills had drastically improved. The writing quality of the second half of the book far exceeded the quality of the writing in the first half, so I had to rework the entire manuscript. Once that was completed, I had it professionally critiqued and edited. The corrections, suggestions, and comments I received from my editor sparked some new ideas, so I decided to rework the entire manuscript, again. Once I finished that process, I had it edited again for fine tuning. Then I made the final corrections and finally finished the book. The entire process took two years. It was well worth the time and effort; I am very pleased with the end result.
Please share with us more about your latest book.
My debut book, published in October 2010, is a memoir called, Fine…ly: My Story of Hope, Love, and Destiny, a touching, honest, insightful account of my painful rollercoaster ride through life. Fine…ly is a compelling, impactful story about hope and love. The story, spanning fifty years, details my search for deeper meaning, understanding, and healing. Though the subject matter is often disturbing and heartbreaking as I navigate through a significant amount of adversity, the book is not heavy or depressing in the least. The story is told with a large dose of comic relief. And there is a surprise, victorious ending that is meant to leave the reader feeling great.
What is the message of your book?
The primary message of Fine…ly, is to have hope, no matter what the situation; to hold on because we never know what solutions, insights, or miracles will present themselves tomorrow. It is a reminder that the universe works in mysterious, unpredictable ways that we may never fully understand. The underlying message that is woven throughout the story is to pay attention to the synchronicities that often appear before our eyes; they are signposts pointing out the easiest path to take in life.
Who is your book geared towards?
Fine…ly will deeply resonate with everyone that has had an unhealthy, painful relationship with someone, and everyone that has suffered adversity in their lives. I also recommend Fine…ly to anyone that enjoys curling up with a true life-story book that is honestly written from the heart, and emotionally moving.
Do you incorporate blogging into your marketing for your writing and/or your book?
Yes, definitely. Presently I have written over one-hundred inspiring articles. On the average, I write one new article per week for my blog, and then I post it to at least ten other blogs that have related topics. I mention each post on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to draw people to my website where they can learn more about my book. Blogging is a must in order for authors to stay visible, and it gives potential book buyers insight into the author’s personality and writing style.
What subjects do you cover with your blog?
Every topic I write about is either self-help or spiritually based. Besides the fact that these are the topics that interest me personally, I want my readers to come away from my articles with new insight into their own lives. Occasionally I will post an article from another source, if I find it well written and highly valuable to my readers. I present both my blog and my radio show as sanctuaries for emotional well-being.
Where can people purchase your books?
Fine…ly is available in paperback or as an ebook, and may be purchased from major on-line book sellers such as Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com. It may also be purchased through my website, Randi G. Fine’s It’s a Fine Life, http://www.randigfine.com by just clicking on the book cover image that is on the front page. And any retail book store can order Fine…ly upon request through its ISBN number 978-1-602-64-649-0.
How can others contact you?
I do welcome comments and questions. The ways to contact me are, through my website, http://www.randigfine.com, or if preferred, emails may be sent to me at email@example.com. Messages may also be left for me on my talk radio show page, http://www.blogtalkradio.com/randi-fine.
Randi G. Fine is an author, writer, and radio talk-show host living in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
Randi Fine uses her extensive life experience to help others through her on-line journal, It’s a Fine Life, the articles she publishes for other self-help web-journals, and her talk radio show, A Fine Time for Healing. She is a native of Baltimore, Maryland who now lives in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida with her husband. She has two adult children, a daughter and a son. The memoir Fine…ly is her first book.