Wednesday, June 13, 2012
INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR CAROL SMALLWOOD
1) Please tell us about your and your book. What is the genre? What’s the book about? (If you have any websites of other links, please post them.)
Women Writing on Family:Teaching and Publishing
Editors: Carol Smallwood & Suzann Holland
Foreword: Supriya Bhatnagar, The Writer's Chronicle editor
Publisher: The Key Publishing House Inc. ISBN: 978-1-926780-13-9
Release: February, 2012; Price: $27.99
Dimension: 6x9, 343 pp.
Book Review, http://servinghousejournal.com/FraserReviewsWomen.aspx
Women Writing on Family: Tips on Writing, Teaching and Publishing provides guidance and insight for women who write about family. Award winning women writers from all walks of life share their experiences in planning, composing, editing, publishing, teaching, and promoting work in a variety of writing genres. Readers will learn to tackle sensitive family issues and avoid pitfalls in memoir writing, poetry, fiction, and others. Filled with tips, exercises, and anecdotes, this anthology is appropriate for both well-seasoned writers and those just beginning.
2) I love that you wrote with women in mind. What challenges did you face? What did you learn?
There are so many talented women writers it was difficult to turn them away because of space limitations. Women have a lot of important things to share and do often find it very challenging to be published.
3) What challenges did you find in getting published? Did you find a publisher or self-publish? What do you prefer?
It took quite a few months to find a publisher. It ended up being accepted by a Canadian publisher in Toronto.
4) Do you have anything you’re working on at the moment?
I'm working on co-editing or editing various anthologies for librarians for Scarecrow Press and the American Library Association. I'm trying to get another anthology for women accepted but am not sure it will find a publisher.
5) I face lots of challenges as an editor. What would you say most writers seem to struggle with?
Getting their work accepted.
6) What is the most important element of writing, in your opinion?
You enjoy it.
7) I am always curious about the working surroundings of a writer. Could you describe that for us? What do you see from your working station?
It really is anywhere--that is, ideas can filter in at odd times away from a computer or paper.
8) Where do you get your inspirations? Who inspires you?
Opposites--things that don't match encourage the making of links.
9) How do you develop your characters?
Try and use people I've known.
10) Do you have any last comments or advice for all of us?
Trial and error--we learn the most from our mistakes!