The Big Reveal

Welcome to the Big Reveal

I enjoy reading author interviews, but often times they don’t ask the kinds
of questions I wonder about. So I’ve assembled a group of writers at
all levels, from un-agented to published, and every week I will
have a new question for them.

Is writing your real job?


Mark Koopmans, Un-agented Author
I’m a stay-at-home Dad to three boys (under six) so writing during the daytime is generally never a happy occasion 🙂 I used to be a print journalist and worked for several local papers for a few years.
I’ve been a Writer since 2003, (it’s on the passport I received several months after I became a naturalized citizen. 🙂

Eileen Cook, Published Author
Writing is my primary job. I work a limited number of hours as a counsellor to keep my credentials active and to make sure there are a few days a month that I go out, talk to real people and put on something other than yoga pants.


Kelley Lynn, Published Author
No, it is not. I am a Chemical Engineer by degree. I work as an adhesive consultant for the day job. I’ve been seriously writing since July 2011. My day job has a fair amount of travel which gives me time to do my ‘writing thing’.


Chloe Banks, Agented Author
I suppose it is! I was sure writing was what God wanted me to do, but didn’t have the faith to concentrate on it solely. Then a pastor I’d never met before and who knew nothing about me, suddenly said to me, “God wants you to keep writing. You’ve got what it takes.” So, with my husband’s encouragement, I decided to focus only on writing for a bit, which was scary. That was October 2010 and it’s going OK so far! I studied science at university, but I’ve always loved writing. I used to write stories for my big sister for her birthday when I was about 7 or 8.


Valerie Cole, Agented Author
By day, I’m a digital media analyst, which means I spend my days crunching data and looking at Google Analytics. By night, I write YA. It’s the perfect right/left brain balance. I’ve been writing teenage shenanigans for six years, and seriously writing in pursuit of publication for three.


Jay Bendt, Un-agented Author
Haha, no. I wish it were, but no. I am an artist first and foremost (painter), and work an 8-5 job at a small family owned business where I wear many hats during the day. I did write as a kid, although the stories were accompanied by bad drawings more often than not. Now I am trying to find a balance between the artist/illustrator in me and the writer in me, and making time for both.


Lara Schiffbauer, Un-agented Author
Writing is my unpaid second job. I am an Elementary School Social Worker by day. I’ve been seriously writing for five years. I did write as a kid, but not like the writers who say they must write or perish did. I wrote poetry, a very short novel and an unfinished screenplay with my sister when I was in high school. I tried to carry it on, but the classes I took had obnoxious writing teachers, and I didn’t want to put up with it.

Is writing your real job?

4 Responses

  1. My background is in civil engineering. I do some work periodically, but I’ve been home with my kids for 8 years now. And I only started writing about 3 years ago.

  2. Yes. I’m fortunate enough to be able to stay home and write. Half the day I’ve got the kids, but I’m relieved by a nanny in the afternoons to ensure I get uninterrupted writing time. (Insert long story here about my screenwriting degree, work on film sets, 10 years in publishing before going back to writing.)

  3. Full-time mom is my “real” job, but i try to write as if it is my real job-albeit part-time. I put in the hours every week and set deadlines and goals, etc.

    I can’t imagine my life without writing. It’s a part of who I am.

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