We had the good fortune of connecting with Tempany Deckert and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tempany, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
Providing a high quality, needed service for a huge gap in the market – when I created my online novel writing videos, I knew my class was a stand alone; no one was teaching how to write an entire novel in 10 weeks. There were online writing classes, but most were theoretical or only got you through the first fifty pages. My class actually teaches you step by step how to write the entire book and you actually do it with each class you watch. After teaching my course in person for over a decade, I’ve made sure that any pitfalls or weaknesses in the class have been ironed out – trial and error in real time is invaluable for making sure you are offering a stellar service that people will recommend to others. Nearly all my students are word of mouth from the glowing praise the course receives.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I began writing novels when I was twenty-one. I had no higher formal education to speak of, and taught myself. I piggybacked on other career opportunities to find avenues to get my work published; I was a voice over artists for audio books and when talking to the publishing house, told them about my books and asked if I could submit them. You must always stay open to opportunities, even when they don’t seem to fit the traditional mold of how things are done. I’d always wanted to teach at a university, but having no formal education, I wasn’t sure how that would happen. I’ve always believed that opportunities will develop if you just start doing the work. So I started teaching my own unique writing method I’d developed for myself to people privately out of my home. People loved the course and it grew and grew. Finally I met a writer who was teaching for a university and he got me a meeting with the head of the department. I explained that I’d been teaching my course for years and it was successful and they hired me. Rule of thumb; do the work first, then the opportunities will appear. A lot of people wait for the opportunities first but that rarely works. I think the main reason my online novel writing course, Write a Novel, Change Your Life has become so successful, is because I love it. I love helping people and garner great joy from it. It sounds cliched but if you are truly passionate about what you do, it doesn’t feel like work and you’ll give it 110 percent every time.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I live on the east side of Los Angeles and there are so many quirky, unique places here to explore. First I’d take my buddies to have amazing baked goods at Trails Cafe in Griffith Park – then you can take the hike all the way up the mountain, grab a sighting of the Hollywood sign and arrive at the famous Observatory. A matinee screening at the Vista Vintage Cinema in Los Feliz is always a treat, followed by a meal at my favorite italian restaurant, Il Capriccio. I love vintage shopping and always go to Highland Park for all the best finds, and end my day with an awesome vegan donut at Donut Friend. You’d never know they were vegan and they do so much for the community. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I make sure to surround myself with lots of exceptionally creative people who have definitely inspired and helped me along the way; Deanne Cheuk, an incredible artist has always given me fantastic business and creative advice, along with my husband, Brian Donovan, a wonderful documentarian and public speaker and my fellow writer and dear friend, Tristan Bancks who I co-wrote a book with many moons ago. They are all driven, creative, problem solvers who always keep pushing forward and finding new and dynamic ways to build their businesses.