About the Author
Cherie K. Miller is the founder and president of Wisdom Creek Press, LLC and works with the Masters in American Studies program at Kennesaw State University. She is the current President of the Georgia Writers Association, a state-wide nonprofit organization promoting authorship in Georgia. She has published books, written for national magazines and written a newspaper column Chicago newspaper. She achieved her MA in Professional Writing from Kennesaw State University in 2007. I am also a pet blogger at www.Pet-Peeves.org, Solving Pet Problems, One Blog Post at a Time and a Mom Blogger at the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (www.jjie.org).
WCPress: Congratulations on releasing another book!
CKM: Thank you! I’m delighted with how it turned out and just hope it helps other authors as much as it’s helping me. As I’ve spent time with new authors, I’ve discovered that they really don’t have a broad knowledge of the publishing industry. I carefully chose these quotes from reading biographies or other books published by authors. These quotes were broad and covered many different aspects of writing.
WCP: So it’s obviously targeted to authors…
CKM: …and aspiring authors! As President of the Georgia Authors Association, a state-wide organization whose mission is to encourage authorship and literacy in Georgia I’ve met many, many authors. There are also many others who come fearful of applying the label of “author” to themselves. It’s more a lack of knowledge, than a lack of skill.
WCP: There are plenty of courses and books in print on how to write. What new angle do you offer?
CKM: I love to read authors of all kinds and take insights from how they write to apply to my own writing life. But I’ve found it equally as valuable as I learn from them how to find an agent, how to work with an editor and how to manage a writing schedule. By taking advice from one author each morning, I’m able to reflect on it each day and actually apply it to my writing. This is especially helpful when one of those distressing days shows up and I feel horrible uninspired to create. The right quote at the right time feels like that author is speaking to the heart of my despair. It can turn a day around for me.
WCP: Who are some of your favorite authors that you quote?
CKM: Of course, since I was compiling these quotes, I was able to choose from my favorite authors. When I studied for my Master’s degree in Professional Writing from Kennesaw State University I was exposed to many, many terrific authors. In my Creative Nonfiction class, taught by Dr. Linda Niemann, we read “Wild Minds” by Natalie Goldberg. When I took Magazine Writing, I read Ann Lamott’s “Bird by Bird.” One of my very favorite essays by Ann is entitled “Shitty First Drafts.” It gave me the permission to write badly when I was sure that everyone around me was writing stellar, perfect first drafts. A book I’ve reread many times is “On Writing” by the former English professor and prolific author, Stephen King. His advice is always invaluable.
Sometimes the most memorable and surprising quote came from an author I knew but had no idea of the challenges they’ve overcome to be an author. Fannie Flagg, author of “Fried Green Tomatoes” shared how her dyslexia hampers her ability to write so she uses a clothesline to pin up her chapters. This is too wonderful to learn!
WCP: Who do you envision as the audience for this book?
CKM: If you’re wanted to learn more about the business of publishing, if you want to improve your writing or if you’re feeling dry and dusty, lacking inspiration, this is J-U-S-T the book for you. It’d also make a great birthday or Christmas gift for those authors in your life. It’d show your author that you value their talent for writing!