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 only job?


Ilima Todd
>>>Trick question. My real job is being a wife and mom—that’s where most of my time/effort is spent (+homeschooling). But writing is the only thing I get paid for, so…

Janeal Falor
Technically it’s the only job I make money from (ha ha, make money from, that’s cute). Besides writing, I’m a homeschooling mother of three and which takes the vast majority of my time. Writing helps me get an escape when I need it so I can be a better mother and I love teaching my kids so it’s the perfect combination.

Julie Sondra Decker
I have been compensated for my writing but have yet to do so successfully enough to make a living at it, so I suppose it doesn’t count as my “real job.” (I undergo more stress and spend more time involved with my writing than I do with my day job, so it certainly feels more like a “real job,” but it is not how I actually make a living.) I work as a freelance editor and am a part-time administrative assistant at a transportation engineering firm. I do use my writing skills at the office on our proposals, but that’s not my primary function. I make a lot of copies and make a lot of coffee.

As a child I was consistent with my answer to the “What do you want to be when you grow up?” question, though. I always said I wanted to be an author. I’ve written stories since before entering elementary school, and participated in a “Young Authors Conference” when I was only six years old.

Hand-drawn book cover from one of my first “books”:

Prompted “when I grow up” journal entry from fourth grade:

Drawing of my anticipated future:

My Young Authors certificate from 1984:


Kyra Lennon
Writing is my real job. Not just novels, but I also freelance. I write articles on all kinds of topics, and have published work on Yahoo Shine, and Yahoo OMG, among others.

Medeia Sharif
It’s a real job, but not my day job. I’m a public school teacher. I’ve been seriously writing for almost twenty years. I wrote my first novel when I was seventeen going on eighteen.

Manda Pepper
Yes. I worked in publishing for a long time and discovered I couldn’t work on other people’s books and mine, so I chose mine. I’ve been writing since about second grade, which is when I first began to be serious about it and circulated newsletters and stories for all the kids in the neighborhood. I even wrote weekly crosswords for everyone! I ended up with a screenwriting degree, and I still do some of that too, but I came back to writing prose about three years ago.

Rachel Schieffelbein
Being a mom to four kids is my real, full time job. 🙂 I write when I have the time. I did write a lot as a kid, but I never thought about growing up to be a writer. It was six or seven years ago that I first started thinking about writing with the idea of someday being published.

Is writing your only job?  

4 Responses

  1. I thought about writing as a kid, but never as a ‘real’ job. It wasn’t until a few years ago when I seriously got into writing. I’m mostly a stay at home mom, but I do some engineering work too every once in a while.

  2. Writing isn’t my real job. It’s my escape from reality. Yes, one day I would LOVE to make money doing it, but my real job is always going to my family.

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