author interviews

Inspirational Journeys Presents: Special Guest Interview with Alexa Bigwarfe

In today’s episode, I’m speaking with the host of the Women in Publishing summit, which was held March 2-8 2020. Listen as she shares her inspirational Journey with us.


I’m proud to announce the following guest for your listening pleasure.
Please be sure to read onward after the following message to learn how you can be my guest here on INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS.
Thanks for listening and do write to let me and my guest know what you thought of this presentation.

Alexa Bigwarfe
Tuesday March 24, 2020



Alexa Bigwarfe is a wife, mother, proud veteran, a USA Today Best-Selling author, speaker, author coach, and publisher. Her writing career
began when she turned to writing for healing after her infant daughter passed away at 2 days old. She began to support others who wanted to do the same
and now guides other authors through the publishing and marketing process in her company Write|Publish|Sell and her publishing houses: Kat Biggie Press,
Purple Butterfly Press, and Chrysalis Press. Alexa enjoys hosting the annual Women in Publishing Summit, an online conference for women writers. Passionate
about serving mothers who have lost children, she founded a nonprofit, Sunshine After the Storm. A spirited activist, Alexa enjoys bringing light to topics
surrounding marginalized voices, particularly as they pertain to women and children. She lives in Columbia, SC with her husband, three living children
destined to be activists too, and her dog.

Alexa’s book is entitled Ditch the Fear and Just Write It

You KNOW you have a book in you, you KNOW you want to write and publish a book. But as soon as you start thinking about it, your palms get
all sweaty, you start to breathe faster, you come up with a MILLION reasons why no one would read or buy your book. So, you put it off. Again.
Stop doing that!
Yes, writing a book is overwhelming! Yes, there are a lot of excuses that may stop you from moving forward.
Yes, there are a TON of things you have to do beyond JUST WRITING to get your book published.
But at the end of the day, if you don’t JUST WRITE IT! you will spend the rest of your life wondering WHAT IF?
Hiring a coach to help you through the process and get your book published is expensive. So why not let me “coach” you through this workbook, at a minuscule
of the coaching cost!
Don’t be that person who watches book launch after book launch and thinks -that should have been me.
Ditch the Fear and Just Write It! The No Excuses Power Plan to Start Your First Book is the answer to your problem.
In this 12-week workbook (if a timeframe scares the pants off of you, don’t let it -this is just a suggested timeline to get you moving forward) you will
find simple, action-oriented format with:
Tips for getting started
Daily and weekly activities to ensure you don’t push it off… again How to write and plan your outline Tools, strategies, advice from other female entrepreneurs
who took the plunge and wrote their book to grow their business Mindset work to get you past your limiting beliefs The motivation to get moving Inspirational
tips Time management strategies Space to journal your thoughts, if that’s your thing. and so much more!
If you’re committed to writing your book and you know you need help to get it done but don’t have the funds to invest in an author coach to get you through
the process, this is the BOOK FOR YOU.
Featuring insight and tips from:
Dana Malstaff -Boss-Moms Stacy Tuschl -She’s Building Her Empire Laura Jack -Laura Jack Coaching Jennifer Blanchard -Dream Life or Bust Kelsey Humphreys
-Pursuit Media And more!

Purchase link:

Connect with Alexa at the following links:


As authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs, we often find it hard to stand out above the constant chatter on the internet. If that sounds like you, I’d like to help you boost the visibility of your brand. My name is Ann Harrison-Barnes and I run a podcast called Inspirational Journeys. On my podcast I post solo episodes of value to my listeners, led by the Holy Spirit. I also talk to authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs who want to share their inspirational journeys with the world. If you’re interested in being a guest on my show, please send an email to or fill out the form found at:
Please be sure to leave Inspirational Journeys in the subject line of your email or in your comment on my contact form so that I can send you my interview framework.
If you’re launching a book, please let me know and I’ll send you my featured book questionnaire. I ask that you do this, so I can feature your book in the show notes blog post associated with the podcast
Thanks for listening to Inspirational Journeys and have a Blessed Day.

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My first Podcast Episode and my experience with Anchor

Hello everyone,

Have you ever wanted to conduct your own podcast, but didn’t know how to get started? Well, let me explain something, I was like you. However, I have finally found a platform that is accessible, though you have to do a bit of working around the app to discover what one of the unlabeled buttons are. I won’t go through all the steps to making a podcast episode here, but I will share that information with you in a future blogpost and podcast episode. However, I will say that with all the planning, brainstorming, practicing to get my recordings just right, the thought of podcasting was a bit nerve racking, but I stuck my neck out and fiddled with the app to learn how to add new segments, invite friends to record, and I put together an episode. Here’s my episode of encouragement to aspiring authors and podcasters.


Please Let me know what topics you’d like me to discuss or if you have any questions about being an author or a podcaster. Pleas feel free to send me any links to resources or any tips you’d like me to share with my audience.


You can interact with me via the podcast in two ways, you can leave comments in the show notes associated with a given episode, which will appear as blog posts, visit my contact page and leave me a message on the contact form found at:

or you can send an email to with podcast feedback in the subject line. If you’d like to be a guest on my show, pleas let me know via email or my contact form and I’ll be happy to send you my podcast interview framework.


Until next time, happy writing and may God Richly bless you.

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Editors and Beta Readers – Vital for Independent Authors

As Indie authors, we must do all we can to make our books stand out above the crowd. Here are a couple of tips you need to take into consideration if you plan to self-publish your book, instead of finding an agent and working with a traditional publisher.

via Editors and Beta Readers – Vital for Independent Authors

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Guest author: Ann Harrison-Barnes ~ Excerpt from a work in progress

Here is an excerpt of a work in progress, written as a guest post on another blog. Please share, comment and enjoy.

via Guest author: Ann Harrison-Barnes ~ Excerpt from a work in progress

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AUTHORS, THEY’RE ONLY HUMAN: Rejection For Authors by Anne Copeland

If your book gets rejected by agents and publishers or it can’t be published by KDP print, take this woman’s advice and take note of the reasons why your book has been rejected. You may find that the rejections have nothing to do with you.

via AUTHORS, THEY’RE ONLY HUMAN: Rejection For Authors by Anne Copeland

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Personally, I have four books published, all of which I eventually published on Amazon myself, so it just goes to show you that with a little help from writer friends and a publisher who knows how to format books, we too can publish our own books independently if we are unable to work with agents and editors.

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Publishing News and General Updates

Hey there everyone,

I know it’s been a while since I have actually posted an update, that is except for blog posts that I’ve shared, but today I have a bit of exciting publishing news for you.


First of all, if you remember, I made an announcement about my upcoming book festival. However, Due to unforeseen extenuating circumstances, I won’t be able to attend the book festival. In trying to get everything in place for this event, there’s one lesson I’ve learned: When your best laid plans fall through, the journey doesn’t end. There will be other events, and I have plans to connect with my readers and get book sales from people in my area. Please note that I do have paperback copies of A Journey of Faith ordered. If you’d like to purchase a copy directly from me, please let me know by filling out the form on my “contact me page and I will be happy to give you more details off site.


With that note aside, I will be talking to a colleague of mine about making myself and my books more marketable on Monday. I don’t have any details as of yet, but I will share more information about that in an upcoming post, so please stay tuned for that.


Now, in publishing news, I just submitted a novelette called Inner Vision to Paul White, to be published under the Electric Eclectic brand. I also have one more announcement to make. I have been honored as one of the founding Electric Eclectic authors. I am proud to accept this honor and will proudly post the badge as a part of my post!

On the heels of this news, I have an announcement that might be interesting to those of you who love to read, but don’t have a lot of time.

Electric Eclectic Books Have Gone Crazy!

They are giving away £££’s & $$$’s worth of Amazon Gift vouchers throughout this year (2018) to readers of their books.

All you have to do is leave a review on Amazon books website and you can win yourself Amazon Gift Vouchers.

Grab yourself an Electric Eclectic book today and get into that winning streak.

You can find Electric Eclectic’s Novelettes and the full rules on the Electric Eclectic website.

Check it out today and get winning. Eclectic


Now for one final update on my work in progress, my second Stepping Stones Mystery called Journey to the Mountain Top is in the revision stage. I have a couple of prequals to this book in the works as well. Stay tuned for more news and updates in the near future. Thanks for reading, sharing and commenting on my posts. See you next time, and as always, happy reading and writing, and God Bless everyone in the blogosphere.



Character conversation

Hello everyone,
Today we’re going to eavesdrop on a conversation between Hannah, the wise old matron of the Big Church, and Becca Martin’s cousin Lizzy Jordah. Won’t you come join me?

Hay Hannah, I have a question.
What’s that my dear?
I wonder why Ann wrote the ending of A Journey of Faith the way she did. Why did that strange s-shaped light just disappear after Becca left my house. It kept shining through my window like I don’t know what. I wish it would just disappear altogether.
Lizzy dear, There are things to come in futhre books, where that light is concerned. The light will snake all the way to the Martin houshold after Mr. Charles Martin has his biking accident. Mr. Billy Bad-boy Billings isn’t through causing havoc on this little neighborhood yet.
What about Becca?
Oh, She’ll have her own trouble to deal with. I don’t want to go into too much detail, because out author hasn’t discovered our next story as of yet.
Well, she’s made some notes, so something is up.
Yeah, but those are few and far between as of yet. Wait until she gets something stuck in her head that ignites a flame of creativity, or the Holy Spirit lays the story upon her heart.

This is Ann once more, and I am going to jump into this little chat and ask Hannah a few questions. Read on to find out what little tidbits I can glean from my characters.

Hey ladies, I overheard you talking about what’s going to happen in my next story. How can you tell what’s going to happen, when I don’t even know?
We’re the characters dear, we tell you the story to relay to your readers, it’s that simple.
Well Miss Hannah, can you give me a hint?
No dear, I don’t want to spoil it for you or your fans. You need to wait until God gives you the story. It will come in due time.
Just do me one favor if you can,.
What’s that Lizzy?”
Take that creepy light out of my window. It’s scaring Haley, and I can’t stand to being in the kitchen alone, for fear it’ll snake its way inside my house.
Don’t worry, I’ll do what I can to get rid of the light for you, or you can simply ignore it. It won’t snake in if you give this problem to God and let Him handle it it.
I’ll do that then.
Well ladies, It’s been fun, but I’ve got to get to bed. My daughter’s here, and she wants to get up early. If I don’t get some sleep, I won’t be worth a toot tomorrow.
Good night and God bless you all.