Why do you write?
I write to learn new things and figure life out. As a non-fiction writer, I’m always researching and reporting on topics. In other words, I’m learning constantly and I love it.
Location and life experiences can really influence writing. Tell us where you grew up and where you now live.
I grew up in Great Neck, Long Island, the location of the United Nations before it moved into New York City. Some UN delegates sent their children t the high school I attended and I enjoyed meeting them. I attended Wheelock College in Boston, MA and took my graduate training at the University of Minnesota. Rochester, MN is my current home and I love it. Patients come to Mayo Clinic, Rochester from all over the world.
What is hardest, getting published, writing, or marketing?
Outlining a book, researching it and writing it are the easy parts. Marketing is, by far, the most difficult part of book writing. In this dicey economy many publishers and agents aren’t accepting new work. This means authors, whether they’re royalty, indie, or POD (print-on-demand) authors, have to get “out there” and sell their work. Marketing is a daily challenge.
What other jobs have you had in your life?
I’ve worked on community playgrounds, been a school secretary, taught preschool, kindergarten, and teacher certification workshops. After a dozen years in the classroom I changed careers and turned to freelance writing, a decision I never regretted.
How much sleep do you need to be your best?
I need seven hours of sleep in order to function. Because I’m an early morning person, I go to bed early, and hit the sack at 10 p.m. At five in the morning I’m often at the computer, writing copy at whirlwind speed. I write for an hour, have breakfast, and return to writing.
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Genre – Non-fiction
Rating – G
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