A Blog for Writers: Women and Adversity, Vanna White

Vanna White

Vanna White

Known since 1982 for her poise, elegance and beauty as co-host of Wheel of Fortune, Vanna White has a connection to the publishing industry. She co-wrote with Patricia Romanowski her authobiography, “Vanna Speaks” in 1987.

A native of North Myrtle Beach, S.C., Vanna reveals the pride she has of her roots. She continues to connect with her hometown through the display of items she donated to the North Myrtle Beach Area Historical Museum. I have covered stories about the museum and have seen the display so decided to contact Vanna and ask her to participate in my blog. With her signature grace, she agreed.

Question 1: Why did you decide to write “Vanna Speaks”?

Vanna: I decided to write my book because for so many years on Wheel, I hardly spoke and people kept wanting to know more about me, so I decided to write about my life to share with them.

Question 2: What was the biggest obstacle you had to face when you decided to write it?

Vanna: It wasn’t that hard for me because Warner Books came to me, so I had a publisher and a ghostwriter to help me.

Question 3: What was the most difficult part of writing the book?

Vanna: To tell “all.” I’m a very private person so it’s hard to share difficult times in your life with other people, but I wanted people to know that I go through the same things that everyone goes through.

Question 4: Do you plan to write another book?

Vanna: Not at this time but possibly down the road.

Vanna’s answers indicate she has stayed grounded even though she is one of the most recognized women int he world. Her biography is at

http://www.biography.com/people/vanna-white-9542236. Read more about her at www.wheeloffortune.com.

Article By: Jo Ann Mathews

I’ve been a professional freelance writer for several years and specialize in writing feature stories. I have more than a 1,000 bylines to my credit and have written on countless topics from autism to zoology. My columns on fashion and the Internet appeared in a Chicago area newspaper in the 90s. “Brunswick Buzz,” the column in The Sun News, the Myrtle Beach, S.C. daily, ran for seven years then “Events on the North Strand” took over in October 2013, also in The Sun News.

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