Interview with Carmen Seda (@carmdesiree)

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Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path? 

I started my business 7 years ago by sharing my passion for books! Encourage teens and adults to start reading – and to help them find that one book that will be a life-changer! 

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this? 

I’ve interviewed the cast of Shadowhunters, Cassandra Clare, moderated / interviewers multiple panels for author’s new releases, flown to multiple states to be included on a panel, and be interviewed. Also have been a photographer for 15 years and I use my platform to work with all major publishing houses and written articles for Riveted Lit. 

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”? 

Make a schedule, and stick to it! Don’t overwork yourself. Also, don’t make it a chore. Once you do, the fun and magic are gone!

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story? 

My friend Sasha Alsberg and I did a huge cosplay photoshoot for Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunter movie! It was over the course of 3 days, and we had 10 people take part it in! 

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world? 

There’s nothing better than reading a great book. 

Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life? 

We live and Breathe words, for words have the power to change us”.

How can our readers follow you on social media? 

Instagram or TikTok! My username is “@CarmDesiree”.

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