The next stop on my Goddess Fish tour is at Lisa Haselton’s Reviews and Interviews. Here’s a sample question:
Lisa: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Judy: I’ve always written stories in my head but of course, it’s rather difficult for people to read them in there. In 2002, I enrolled in an online creative writing certificate program, and in 2003, I followed that up with another creative writing course taught by Barry Dempster, an award-winning poet and novelist. That year, after being downsized from my corporate job, I decided to try my hand at freelance writing for magazines and newspapers. By 2005, I’d developed a reputation as a reliable writer and accurate researcher. I think it was easier, then, to break into the business: print media was still thriving, and I had a lot of “right place, right time,” kind of luck. I also had a couple of short stories published in THEMA, a New Orleans literary publication. From the day I left my corporate job, when people asked me what I did for a living, I would always answer, “I am a writer,” even when I only had one published clip to my credit. You have to believe in yourself. If you don’t, who will?
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Coming Friday, March 18th: Colleen Shogan, author of Stabbing in the Senate.