I never considered myself a writer and attended college for Advertising and Graphic Design. Ultimately, As I have proven through experience and working along fellow novice authors as a book formatter, anyone can write. I believe we all have stories to tell, fictional and non-fictional depending on our ability to imagine or evaluate. In my case, I became a writer when I emerged from an extraordinary experience.
I wrote this book the minute I began an adventure in my life. My book originated as a blog for follow adoptive parents to follow along in our journey to Ukraine. It wasn’t until everything went wrong overseas that I took my thoughts offline and began writing my story as a healing process.
What surprising things did you learn while writing this book?
I learned that I could write! As an ebook formatter and magazine publisher, I work with writers all day, every day. I never thought of myself as a writer until I put my hands on the keyboard and told my story. My word count alone could put Moby Dick to shame. When my editor friends got a hold of my first drafts, each and every one of them encouraged me and we worked together to cut, cut, cut and that was when I realized every writer should have a great editor as a sounding board.
I was brought up in an honest household, and I can see in my writing how straight forward my words are, despite my sensitive topic. I also grew up traveling the world and find my stories evolve better in foreign surroundings with challenging cultures and experiences.
If you have a career outside of writing how does it fit into your life as a writer?
I format eBooks and occasionally print books in addition to publishing magazines. I am surrounded by creative artists and authors and working especially with novice writers is an amazing experience, knowing the challenges they are facing in the publishing world. The writing is the easy part, most clients would agree.
I believe my book, The Moratorium of Anya would be enjoyable to many audiences and not just other adoptive families. Mothers, daughters and women sensitive to women’s issues. I also attract the wanderlust audience with a story set in Ukraine, encompassing family, politics and travel.
ISBN: Trade paperback: 978-0-9833203-2-6, ISBN Book: 978-0-9833203-0-2