Interview with June Bratcher
Author of You Are Driving Me Crazy
Where are you from originally and where do you reside now?
Originally from Andover, Ohio
Currently residing in San Antonio, Texas
If you currently reside somewhere besides where you were born, what’s the story that lead from there to here?
My husband is from Ohio also. He had signed up with the military to serve two years and was stationed in San Antonio. We discovered sunshine was easier to deal with than snow, so we decided to stay.
What made you decide to write and publish your first book?
At age 48, after teaching cooking classes that morphed into cuisine focused bus trips, I decided to start a bus company of my own. I kept a journal to help chronicle some of the challenges and wild adventures that happened over the years. I thought this journal contained a captivating story that could inspire and entertain at the same time. The adventure of building a bus company in a male dominated business, with all its stories and inspiration was worth telling.
How would you describe your books to first time readers?
You Are Driving Me Crazy is an inspirational and fun look at all of the quirky things that can happen on the road to starting and running a bus company. While the book is loaded with entrepreneurial insights that were learned along the way, the inspiration comes just as much from the stories of romance, international intrigue, close calls, sexual harassment, sport celebrities, military moves, handling natural disasters and much more.
Who do you feel is most likely to connect with the topics you write about?
Anyone who enjoys thinking outside the box, challenging problem solving or just a very enjoyable read, especially if you’re thinking about starting a business (men as well as women) and need inspiration or motivation.
What unexpected or surprising thing did you learn during the process of writing and publishing?
I was surprised how many people were willing to do it for me and how many different approaches there were. It was hard to know which approach was best for me.
If you could, what advice would you give to your past self before embarking on this journey?
It is going to be tough, especially in a business dominated by men. But persevere and find a way to do it. Have faith in yourself, unwavering determination and grit.
How many people would you ideally like to reach with your books?
Unlimited. I love helping others, especially women just starting a business of their own.
What has been the biggest challenge and frustration during the process to date?
The publication of the book was fraught with problems with the publisher.
Requested manuscript, cover photos, interior draft instructions were sent multiple times and apparently misplaced, correspondence was not timely, written corrections were overlooked and much more. It was a very frustrating experience
What’s your biggest strengths when it comes to book a) writing, b) publishing and c) marketing?
My biggest strength is telling the story in a very intriguing and fascinating way that captures and holds the attention of the readers.
What’s your biggest weakness when it comes to book a) writing, b) publishing and c) marketing?
Marketing is my biggest weakness. I have to rely on the experience of the publishers marketing department and they seem to be woefully uncaring. I can’t comprehend how a marketer can market a book they haven’t read.
When do you think you will write your next book?
I have already started. It is titled Then There Were Ten. It is about getting politicians elected who would be advocates for the medical profession.
Are you self published or did you use a hybrid publisher, or a traditional publisher?
I used Archway and Go To Publish. I think both are self-publishers?