Today, we wrap up our interview with Leigh and Renee Macneil, self-published authors of Spaz: The True Story of My Life with ADHD. Last week, they told us a little about their background and their book (you can read that post here), and today we’ll dig a little deeper.
Leigh and Renee, what inspired you to write this book? How long did it take you to finish it?
It took us about two years to write this book. We were inspired by a friend who used to tell us that Leigh’s story’s of triumph over bullies, adversity, and ADHD gave her inspiration when parenting her son who has severe ADHD. We wanted to show people a positive side to ADHD and hope that this book brings hope to others.
What’s the one message you’d like to convey to readers through your book?
We hope it makes people think differently about ADHD and learn to look past its disadvantages by turning them into advantages.
What was your favorite part of self-publishing?
We felt that we had ultimate control over our work and did not feel that we had to change our message to cater to a large publishing company’s rules.
Do you have any advice for the other aspiring authors out there?
Set aside time to write each day. Even if you don’t accomplish anything during that time, make a point to sit down with your work every day.
We are working on a children’s version of this book!
Are there any events or promotions planned for Spaz?
We had a book release party on Saturday, October 21st from 6-10 pm at Piranha Killer Sushi in Flower Mound, Texas. We have an active Facebook fan page and we go live, do updates, and can sell books through there so we encourage everyone to like and follow it: www.facebook.com/myspazbook/
Is there anything you’d like to add before we wrap things up?
Our first point of contact at AuthorHouse, Scott Hensley, has been so supportive and helpful. We’ve really enjoyed feeling like we have someone there rooting for us this whole time.
Thank you very much for your time, Leigh and Renee, and best of luck with both this book and your next! Readers, Spaz: The True Story of my Life with ADHD is available at Amazon and the AuthorHouse Bookstore. For more information, check out this article about the Macneils and their book in The Cross Timbers Gazette.