Miko Marsh is an author, speaker, and instructor. She has a degree in psychology with a minor in counseling from Old Dominion University and college certification in Early Childhood Care Education from Chattahoochee Technical College. She worked directly with individuals in behavioral health facilities to assist and support individuals with various disabilities and/or disorders and operated her own business as a private childcare provider.
She primarily writes nonfiction and children’s books. Her author credits include books related to business, faith, personal transformation, and children. Several hundred of her articles, blogs, blurbs, and notes are posted online through different ministries, organizations, and businesses for which she was a ghostwriter or contributor. While much of her work is focused on a serious topic, she will sometimes write things to “keep it light” or amuse herself because she loves to laugh.
She enjoys supporting others, helping them to find areas in which they can shine, and seeing people of all ages and abilities reach their individual goals.
VERSAFI MAGAZINE: How did your journey as an author began?
MIKO MARSH: I was writing blogs under my childcare blog. I started seeing some of the same concerns from providers and similar questions from parents. I decided to write eBooks that addressed concerns for both groups and ended up with the “Daycare Days” books.
VERSAFI: Was becoming a writer something you always wanted to pursue?
MIKO: I’ve always enjoyed writing poems and stories, but I didn’t want to write the things I saw in school books. I also didn’t want my writing to feel like a chore. I wrote as I felt the need until I discovered I could write freelance articles part-time.
VERSAFI: Who motivated you?
MIKO: When I first started, I would say a few ladies who were in an online Bible group with me. They would read my study blogs and comments on threads, so they had an idea of my writing style and encouraged me to try other writing activities.
VERSAFI: What inspired you to write your first book?
MIKO: I just wanted to offer information to parents and other caregivers. I was already providing information by blog, online posts, emails, and phone, so I figured it would be easier to make the same information available publicly to those who needed it.
VERSAFI: How does it feel to be a published author?
MIKO: It’s nice, but I don’t really think about it much. I look at it like other work experience.
VERSAFI: Since becoming a published author, what challenges have you faced if any?
MIKO: Many of the challenges are personal: getting past people believing I don’t have real work, preparing to publish, and making sure I do what’s necessary to put out a quality product.
VERSAFI: What genre do you write on?
MIKO: I primarily write in nonfiction (self-development) and children’s stories. Nonfiction books focus on Bible, business, and childcare topics.
VERSAFI: What message do you want your readers to take away when reading your books?
MIKO: The main thing I put in my books is information. I want people to understand that I am hoping to answer questions and give people resources, tools, and/or encouragement and confidence to achieve their goals.
VERSAFI: What does being an author mean to you?
MIKO: I think it’s an incredible opportunity to do what I love to do, earn an income, and reach people I’d otherwise never have a chance to meet.
VERSAFI: Where do you see yourself five years from now?
MIKO: I hope to do more professional speaking, have a couple of courses available, narrating audiobooks for others, and writing more books.
VERSAFI: Have you ever thought about being an author full-time?
MIKO: Yes, I’d like to become a full-time author within the next couple of years.
VERSAFI: Tell us about your marketing strategies as an author? Do you find it to be challenging at times when promoting your books?
MIKO: I do very little marketing. It is challenging for me because I’m always working on a project. I would prefer to have someone help me to keep it all together, but I haven’t reached the point where I can hire an assistant yet.
VERSAFI: Do you have any current book projects that you are working on?
MIKO: I just released You Don’t Want Success: Demolishing Excuses Used to Prevent You from Achieving Your Goals. It’s business-based, but it is for any hard-working individual who needs tips and ideas to help get them to the next level. In addition to addressing several fears or concerns that may hold us back, I’ve included interviews with nine other professionals in various careers to offer tips and advice for the readers.
VERSAFI: How many books have you published in total?
MIKO: I’ve published eight books under my name so far.
VERSAFI: How can readers connect with you and support you?
MIKO: My website is http://www.mikomoments.com. I’m also on Facebook (Miko Moments), Instagram (_mikomoments), and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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