Sunday, December 23, 2012

An interview with Barbara Godshalk


Author Barbara Godshalk is a member of South Jersey Writers Group

 Stories: Yardsale and Driving Lessons

Tell us a little about yourself?

I am a full time mommy knee deep in a mid-life crisis. I want to leave the glamorous life of a tax accountant behind and become a full time writer. The biggest challenge I’m facing these days is having the discipline to pursue that dream seriously.


What got you interested in writing and when did you start?

I began writing around 2006, when I lost a job that I liked at a bank. The layoff really got me thinking about what my next career move was going to be. While away on vacation, I met Nancy Aronie, a published author who encouraged me to write.


What type of stories do you enjoy writing?

Bitter, angry rants mostly, (Just kidding!!) Actually, I enjoy writing anecdotal humorous stories about life and what I learn along the way.


Where did you get your inspiration for your stories?

My family is a walking wealth of material.


Why did you pick these particular stories for our anthology?

Many of my stories are parent and child oriented but I felt that ‘Driving Lessons’ and ‘Yard Sales’ would appeal to the widest audience possible as you don’t have to be a parent to appreciate the experience.


What advice can you give to our readers who are interested in writing and getting their book published?

Never give up.


Is it important for new writers to join a writer’s group and why?

It is a great source of support and new ideas. Isolation can be deadly. I enjoy the live audience when I read pieces aloud. It gives one new resources to use to improve your writing and explore publishing avenues.

Thank you so much, Barbara, for sharing with our readers today. You can visit Barbara Godshalk at the site below and visit amazon to order the book.

Tall Tales and Short Stories from South Jersey


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