A copy of Semi-Coma: Evolution of My Intermittent Consciousness arrived on my doorstep a week ago and I was excitedly tearing the envelope open. This was a book I had been waiting on for some time. Inside, Dye shares her experiences about growth and spirituality in a way that captures your heart. I will be reviewing it in May as part of her three month blog tour, but I am happy to say I was able to ask Gulten a few things about her life and her new book.
Thank you for this interview, Gulten. Can you tell us a little about yourself and how long you’ve been writing?
I was was born and raised in a small town in Turkey and moved with my family to Istanbul as a small child. It was there that I earned my bachelor’s degree in nursing, and worked as a nurse at a local hospital before moving to the Philippines with my boyfriend.
After being there a little over a year, we got married and a short while after that moved to Shreveport, Louisiana where I immediately began my studies to be able to work as a Registered Nurse. While studying for my boards, I was allowed to work as a scrub technician in an operating room at a nearby surgery center. After passing my boards I worked in an operating room for many years before moving to Las Vegas, Nevada, where I continued working at a busy University Medical Trauma Center as a staff nurse for several years until I earned the position of Charge Nurse.
By 2001, I divorced and was living with my two young sons. I later left nursing to start my own business, which soon became my sole source of income, and as my success grew, I have never looked back.
I have been writing for as long as I can remember. My decision to write this book came about in 2009.
Can you tell us briefly what your book is about?
My book is about my awakening to a conscious presence and learning to live life as it presents itself. It is about self-discovery, and learning to be in charge of my own emotional state, and to be self-reliant.
Why did you choose your particular genre?
I've always been one of those people who wrote about the way I felt, and this was just the way I felt at the time of writing. Consequently, it fell under the genre of self-help.
What was your greatest challenge writing this book?
My biggest challenge was the English language since it is my second language. I am not the best speller, and in the beginning, I wrote my book on a piece of paper, but when I decided to utilize the computer my poor spelling became less of a setback thanks to spell check. Since I didn’t know how to type, I had to write my book with one finger, one letter at a time.
Are you published by a traditional house, small press or are you self-published?
I chose to self-publish.
Was it the right choice for you?
I could not tell you since I don't know how it is to publish a book with the traditional methods. But I must tell you, it has been an amazing journey to complete it and to self-publish. It has not only taught me a great deal about publishing, but it also taught me about myself and how I learn. Overall, it has been a very fulfilling experience.
How are you promoting your book thus far?
I can’t say that I am completely happy about the lack of my commitment to this book. I am selling it on my jewelry website as a paperback copy, and also in my store where I feature my jewelry, along with the works of local artists and local authors. In my store, anyone can walk in and make jewelry anytime, take classes on how to make jewelry, writing and self-publishing classes, painting, sculpting, and attend many book signings.
How is that going for you?
It is much slower than I would like to see happening.
Can you tell us one thing you have done that actually resulted in one or more sales?
Had a party at my house with food and wine and invited all my friends and family, as well as my customers who buy my jewelry. The party was a great success resulting in many book sales.
Do you have another job besides writing?
Yes, I am a jeweler designer who sells to stores and individuals, as well as having and running my own store.
If you could give one book promotion tip to new authors, what would that be?
Make it your full-time job if it's a possibility for you.
What’s next for you?
I am publishing two new books in 2014, and writing to my heart’s content.
Thank you for this interview, Gulten. Can you tell us where we can find you on the web?
You can find my book on gultendye.com.
Purchase your copy of Semi-Coma: Evolution of My Intermittent Consciousness at Amazon.