Inside the Book:
Charlotte McAntic spent her thirties, forties, and even fifties in peace and harmony aligning her marriage, mortgage, careers, and children. As she stumbles into a new phase of life—also known as the Golden Years—Charli cannot help but wonder where the gold and her husband, Pud, are hiding.
Pud is happily cruising down the retirement path that, for him, leads straight to the golf course. While Charli spends her days at home cleaning out closets and the basement, she yearns to gaze deeply into Pud’s blue eyes and remember all the reasons why she fell in love with him thirty years ago. Unfortunately, the only thing Pud is eying is the next fairway. Knowing there is more to savor in retirement than silver-hair shampoos, senior discounts, and hernia surgery, Charli embarks on a quest to do whatever it takes to spend retirement in the embrace of the man she loves. But is it too late for happily ever after?
In this humorous novel, a high-energy wife and her solid guy must learn to adjust to a new chapter in their lives and find their way back into each other’s hearts after their retirement begins with a jolt.
Can we start out by telling us whether you are published for the first time or are you multi-published?
I published The Golden Age of Charli- RSVP, the first book in the series in September, 2015. The second book in the series, The Golden Age of Charli-BMI will be released soon! I all ready have the copies- so excited!!
When you were published for the first time, which route did you go – mainstream, small press, vanity published or self-published and why or how did you choose this route?
Good question! My writing journey started when I decided to finally try to write what I called “a book-length document.” As I wrote, I began to feel more positive about my product. One day, while I was using the online thesaurus, an ad popped up- “Are you writing a book?” “Yes… YES!” I shouted. I clicked the link and soon received a call from a consultant at iUniverse. After a long discussion and plenty of questions from me, I chose iUniverse because they are a hybrid self-publisher. They offer a large team of professionals and services- all types of editing, cover design, marketing and promotion. This was the best of both worlds for me- I could move forward and achieve my publishing dream, but have access to all the services I would need to produce a high quality project.
How long did it take you to get published once you signed the contract?
Less than six months. I needed heavy editing for my first book- but much less for the second manuscript! Yay!
How did it make you feel to become published for the first time and how did you celebrate?
I was thrilled, satisfied, and excited, and eager to learn more about the book and publishing world. I celebrated by starting to write the second book in the series. I also had a lovely launch party and book signing, complete with a specially crafted Charli cocktail.
What was the first thing you did as for as promotion when you were published for the first time?
Before my book was published, I used to wake up at night and worry about how to market and promote my book. iUniverse offered me a variety of marketing services and I have used many of them. I love marketing my book. The first thing I did, after my launch party, was to take a course in social media so I could start to build my platform. Since my first book was released, I have worked 4-6 hours a day on social media and my website and blog.
Meet the Author:
Jena C. Henry holds a juris doctor degree from the University of Akron, presents writing workshops, and loves good times with friends. Now retired, Jena and her husband, Alan, live in tropical Ohio where they enjoy their two adult children and extended family, friends, and darling dog. This is the first book in The Golden Age of Charli series.