Learn from authors just like you who have self-published their books.

Author Story: Gary L Stuart

We managed to catch up with author and lawyer Gary Stuart as he publishes the third book in his popular western “Angus” series, The Last Stage to Bosque Redondo. Gary is a busy man. In addition to having published eleven books, Gary teaches creative writing to law students at Arizona State University and continues to practice law part time. He also teaches Legal Ethics, Legal Writing, and Appellate Advocacy at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, and serves as Senior Policy Advisor to the Dean at the ASU College of Law. In his spare time, Gary rides his horses—Gallup, [...]

Author Story: Daniel Martinez

Daniel Martinez is a retired therapist who has heard many painful stories from his clients, in addition to going through tough times himself. These stories are the inspiration for his books, and they serve as the basis from which he extracts ideas on the human experience in painful relationships. Forgive Me Never is Daniel’s latest book. It is the harrowing story of Olivia, a Latina single mother who is struggling between two cultures. She discovers the terrible secrets of her childhood and the real reason her mother suddenly disappeared nineteen years earlier without a trace. In the midst of her [...]

Author Story: Shary Williamson

At first glance, Shary Williamson’s author story seems simple and even a tad predictable, unfolding as one would expect. Retired school teacher writes children’s book based on the magical elfin world that she and her husband created in their backyard for their five young grandchildren to enjoy. She finds a great illustrator and self-publishes her book. The author had fun and the book is successful, and so she writes another. Except, when you start to dig a bit deeper, you discover a little more, and a little more. Much like one of the young characters in her illustrated children’s books, [...]

Author Story: Glyn Haynie

“I want their sacrifice remembered.” Honoring the men of First Platoon, especially those who did not return home, was author Glyn Haynie’s inspiration for writing When I Turned Nineteen: A Vietnam War Memoir. Glyn’s new book recounts his experience as a nineteen-year-old in the Vietnam War—the weeks of boredom juxtaposed with minutes of sheer terror. Glyn tells of monsoons, a forest fire and a typhoon. He talks about carrying a 60 pound rucksack and the experience of building a fire base. Running throughout his book are the themes of fear, death, and their fight against the enemy while exhausted mentally, [...]

Author Story: June Hyjek

Author June Hyjek is one of 12 million people in the US impacted by Scoliosis, a condition that shows up as a curvature of the spine and has no known cause or cure. June has dealt with Scoliosis for many years, and even as an adult struggles with the body image issues of being, as she describes, “crooked.” Says June, “I have had people look at me with pity and others who did a pretty poor job of trying to ignore my ‘deformity.’” And that’s why June wrote her children’s book Being Grace: A Story for Children about Scoliosis: to [...]

Author Story: Leigh Callan

"How much longer do I have to live to see this book?" Talk about pressure! Leigh Callan’s mother, Juby, had saved over four hundred letters sent to her during World War II by her husband Lt. Doyle Whittenburg, along with many treasured photos. In 2009 Juby handed the letters and photographs over to Leigh, who began transcribing the letters so all her family members could have copies and enjoy the family history.  The historical importance of the letters and photos soon dawned on Leigh, and she realized she needed to find a way to share this treasure with the public. [...]