Women and Adversity:
My Interview for writersonthemove.com
I was honored to be featured in writersonthemove.com by Suzanne Lieurance, author of 40 books and a writing coach. The complete interview is available at https://www.writersonthemove.com/2023/12/in-spotlight-interview-with-journalist.html, which I have posted in as many places as possible!
It’s amazing, though, when I read the interview after it was published, how much important information I didn’t include. For instance, I didn’t mention that the article I wrote about the humorous side of having a car stolen was for Grit, a family magazine. The magazine continues to be published but praises rural living, which I don’t recall it doing when I had my story published decades ago. Another fact I didn’t include was that the story was the first one I got paid for. A week after that check arrived, I received my second check for a story I sent to Ligourian, a religion magazine. Those acceptances energized me to continue writing.
Another fact I didn’t include in the interview was the name of my local newspaper that published the story of the experiences of two women, one a fiancé of a Chicago Bears football player and the other married to a former Bears player. The paper was The Star in Tinley Park, IL. As an aside, in 2007 the paper merged with the Daily Southtown and became the SouthtownStar, which the Chicago Tribune later bought.
I say in the interview, “I got a call from the features editor, who asked me if I wanted to write as a freelancer for the paper.” The fantastic, encouraging features editor was the late Joanne Zerkel. That story started a host of assignments and an offer to be on staff part time, which I accepted. I think my title was copy editor.
Where does this lead?
- When writing a story, make a separate list of the items you believe MUST be in it.
- Like Santa, check the list twice.
- Reread your story to confirm you have all those points included.
I believe in advocacy for women to achieve their goals. The image I include here is from Dr. Mary Hemphill’s presentation at the Women of Impact Luncheon in Brunswick County, NC.
More on this dynamic woman in February.
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