How did you know you wanted to be an author? I began to understand the power of words when I was a social worker and people would come back to me referencing something I had said that had a huge impact on them. I got an email from a woman in Shri Lanka telling me she had felt all alone until she read the book I wrote on Infertility. She wept because she felt so alone and could not talk about it. Now someone else understood. That was when I knew I had to continue to write.
What is your advice for aspiring authors? Don’t give up on your writing. Share your work with others you trust and respect and incorporate their suggestions into your work. Find other writers to interact with and learn from. These exchanges can be very powerful experiences and help you grow as an author. Don’t let rejections stop you from continuing to write. If you feel passionate about your work find an audience to share it with.
Do you have any writing rituals or practices? I just have to write in total silence without any noises or interruptions. I wrote my 2nd book in between my baby daughter’s naps and getting up early in the morning when everyone was still sleeping.
What message to you want readers to remember? I am a non-fiction writer and have been a patient advocate and medical social worker for 40 years. I am passionate about my work. The reason is I believe information and education is power. I want to empower my readers. I want them to feel what they are experiencing is not unique to them and they are a part of a larger group. It also helps to know you are not alone in facing major challenges that life throws at you.
How can fans get in contact with you? They can go to my website @ iriswaichler.wpengine.com. I also have an author Facebook Page @ https://www.facebook.com/RoleReversal1/ I regularly put posts there about caregiver and aging related topics, my events, and articles I have written.