By Jolene Stockman
GENRE: YA Motivational Illustrated
Total Blueprint for World Domination is a motivational non-fiction book for young adults. Design your dream world and make it happen! Bursting with full-color superheroes, boosted with online learning, the new edition of Total Blueprint for World Domination – illustrated takes you from this very second to your greatest dreams. So, are you ready?
Tell us about your book? How did it get started?
I started writing my book as a teenager, I felt like there were things the grown-ups knew that they weren’t telling us, and that when I grew up and found out – I would tell everyone! To me, I feel like books exist before you write them. That they sit, ready to go, on a dear little shelf in some parallel plane, and the writer’s role is to bring it through into our world. We bring our voice, filter the content with our words and point of view, and then connect with readers who are looking for the same magic. My book was written for kid-me and future-kids, and for anyone who’s forgotten how powerful and special they are. The whole world is shaped around our beliefs – imagine if we could change how our children see themselves? How we see ourselves? Magic!
What inspires and what got you started in writing?
For as long as I can remember, books and words has been important to me. I filled journals and diaries when I was a kid. At school I wrote long, legendary tales of monsters and magic. It was always a release and a relief to see my thoughts become real, and when I found out you could write and be paid for it? I was on fire! I studied journalism, technical writing, copywriting – every style and technique that I could learn to express ideas and play with words every day. It is an amazing time to be in the world! By figuring out your strengths, you can find ways to turn your passion into projects! You can find creative outlets as well as work that is meaningful, makes you happy, and pays your bills.
Where do you write? Is there something you need in order to write (music, drinks?)
The only thing I ever actually need to write is a pen and paper (or pen and paper alternatives! Before I realized the importance of bringing notebooks with me everywhere, I used to write on little scraps of anything whenever I get free time!) So many things help me to write – goals (definitely!), deadlines (always!), ideas (so many!). And you can never have too much chocolate!
How do you get your ideas for writing?
I used to feel overwhelmed by all the ideas and projects calling me, scared that I would never have the time to get them all done, or do them justice – sometimes I still struggle with that, but then I focus on what I can do, and how lucky I am to be inspired.
My first fiction The Jelly Bean Crisis was written after my agent suggested turning Total Blueprint for World Domination into a fiction. I loved the idea of taking all the concepts in Total Blueprint for World Domination, and setting them in motion with characters making choices. I get beautiful messages from readers about The Jelly Bean Crisis (one of my favorites is when people write and tell me they’ve felt comfortable to make a big life or career change after reading it). I’ve got one book (in progress!) that I started after I had dreams so strong and consistent, and over such a long period, that I knew I had to write it all down to make them stop! (They weren’t bad dreams, just intense. And that soooo feels like signs, right?)
What would your advice to be for authors or aspiring in regards to writing?
When it comes to writing, your voice is the most important thing. Not the subject, the characters, the plot, the surprise-twist-ending, not anything but your intentions and your voice – it’s all you. Which is scary but also awesome! You have all the responsibility, and you have all the power! Put clear intentions into what you write; I always think: if this is the last thing I ever put out into the world, is it exactly what I would want to make my final work?
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Jolene Stockman is a multi-award winning author, speaker, and business owner. She is also tangata whaitakiwātanga; an autistic person. Since her adult diagnosis, she has gone public with her experience – its challenges and superpowers as a TEDx Talk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSLdzdwlb_I Her books let you uncover your superpowers to design (and dominate!) your dream world.
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