I am so excited. I had the opportunity to interview Janiera Eldridge, Author of Having Fun While Saving Money and it couldn’t have come at a better time. As a mother of five, planning out activities for extended weekends, Spring Break and Summer vacation can be quite expensive. I am thankful that someone took the time out to show me and you how to save. Here are a few of the questions I was able to ask:
When did you first realize you enjoyed writing?
I knew I loved writing when I was in high school. I loved books to much that it encouraged me to write little short stories. I’ve written stories that have never been published but, I enjoyed writing them anyways.
Which genre is your favorite? Why?
I love the paranormal genre because they are almost always filled with awesome twist and turns.
What kind of benefits can your readers get from your latest release?
This book really was done in a labor of love. It was not designed to talk down to anyone but to give people fun and non-risky ways to save money during these difficult economic times.
What motivated you to write this book?
I really wanted to share the ways I’ve been able to have fun during the hard times for free with as many people as possible.
What did you learn from writing the book?
I learned even more cool ways to have fun without spending a lot of money. I also learned that the best things in life really are free.
How has your family benefited?
My mother is a discount hound just like me so she signed up to a lot of the same programs that I have. We have received numerous gift cards and prizes because of our participation through these programs. We also have learned how to do things around town the unconventional way and have a really good time.
What is your favorite activity that you do with your family on a budget?
I love going to a matinee movie and a mid day lunch with the family. It saves money and gives us a lot to talk about.
How long did it take for you to discover all the activities and write your book?
This book was really a work in progress and a collection of things I’ve been doing over the years. When I start to research something I can’t stop; I’m totally into to it. The few things I had to research only took me a few days to look up and include in the book.
So what does a typical outing with you and your consist of? On average what is the cost?
The typical outing for my family of four and I include a day at the park, pool or a downtown event and a lunch. Then my mother comes home and cooks us a wonderful dinner. She is an amazing cook and the meals she comes up with are amazing.
What can your readers expect from you next?
I’m almost finished with a fantasy novel entitled Soul Sisters. It’s about African- American twin sisters and one is a vampire and one is a human.I’m really excited about finishing it and looking for a publisher. Fiction is where my heart lies in writing so from now on you can expect nothing but fiction from me.