How did you know you wanted to be an author? Writing crept up on me. I wrote many business articles during the time I was a management consultant and articles about psychology and management. Later I realized that I liked doing journalistic pieces and also personal history. My memoir was an exploration to answer questions and understand how an intelligent, professional woman ended up with abusive partners – and to document my journey to healing. After all this, I wanted to share my writing experience with others and decided to teach memoir writing.
What is your advice for aspiring authors? Write and ask for feedback on your writing. Be willing to get it wrong and be humble enough to take advice. Then follow your own intuition about your own message.
Do you have any writing rituals or practices?I need quiet and yet I can write in coffee shops. Often I just have to get away from my own home so I won’t get distracted. When I finished my memoir I did a house sit in a city far from my home and did a do-it-yourself writing retreat. Other than these things, no, I don’t have any specific practices.
What message to you want readers to remember?Writing is hard work – as T.S. Eliot stated, literature is turning blood into ink. Memoir is the epitome of this sentiment. Please read memoir with an open heart.
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