I’m thrilled to bring you this interview with Yvonne Perry, who runs an amazing writing company called Writers in the Sky. She’s gracious and supportive of other writers, in addition to being a freelance writer and editor herself. She’s also a keynote speaker, so if you need someone fabulous to inform you and make you laugh, you definitely need to give her a call.
Enjoy this interview.
Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from and how long have you been writing?
I’m originally from Atlanta, Georgia, but I have been living in Nashville, Tennessee since 1997. I’ve been writing since I was in kindergarten when I first fell in love with reading and language. I published my first book in April 2004, and I’ve been writing professionally since I started my writing company, Writers in the Sky Creative Writing Services (WITS), in 2003.
What types of writing do you do?
I ghostwrite and edit books, articles, brochures, biographical sketches, resumes, media releases, Web text, newsletters, and business documents both for clients and for my own business/pleasure. My favorite types of writing is nonfiction to include spirituality, health, self-help, and children’s holistic books.
What’s the best thing about writing?
Whether I’m journaling my private thoughts or researching material for a client, I find writing to be a healthy way to process life and learn more about the world around me. It keeps my mind alert and provides a source of income for me.
Share some of your writing goals.
I would love to write more humorous stories, but when I write for clients all day, I’m not much inclined to continue sitting at the computer working on my own material. I don’t enjoy writing by hand because my thoughts flow much faster than my ability to move a pencil across the page and I can’t stand for a typo, scratch out, or error to be left on the page. It’s an editor’s neurosis, but I can fix these things on the screen as I type and not lose the flow of thought. I create 95 percent of my writing on the computer keyboard.
Is there a specific time of day you like to write?
My office hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. I really don’t do much writing for fun. That’s one of the drawbacks of writing for a living.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I’ve always been a writer, but I put it to everyday use in the late 1990s when my friends kept telling me how much they enjoyed my writing. Many said that I should write a book, so I did. It was during the writing of that book that I realized I had a marketable talent and decided to take the path of a freelance writer.
Do you believe in writer’s block? If so, how did you get past it? If not, why not?
No, I don’t believe in writer’s block. Not for me anyway. I have to write whether I feel like it or not because my clients have hired me to get a job done by a certain date. What some call writer’s block is not a mental block at all; it’s a failure to plan. If you have an outline and have set your goals for the day, you will accomplish whatever needs to be done—if you don’t allow yourself to become distracted. I work with a daily planner. If I need to edit three chapters in one client’s book, write a resume for another client, market my own books, and return three phone calls, it goes on the docket and it gets done. It takes that kind of discipline to be a freelance writer and I guess that is where I differ from the average author who is writing for the fun of it.
What’s the measure of a successful writer?
A successful writer is one who enjoys writing and is able to consistently move toward a goal. For me, it is accomplishing all the tasks on my to-do list!
Where can we learn more about you?
I have to laugh when answering that one! I’m all over the Internet, so it depends what you want to know about me.
The main Web site for WITS is http://www.writersinthesky.com. I have a blog about writing and publishing at http://www.writersintheskyblog.com/. I have a blog for book marketing at Online Promotion Made Easy ; plus, I have blogs for some of my books: More Than Meets the Eye , Right to Recover, and Email Episodes. Those interested in our free monthly newsletter can sign up for subscription or read the posted sections on Writers in the Sky E-zine blog. I’m also on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter as well as several Ning sites, Yahoo and Meetup groups, Shelfari, and Goodreads.
Anything else you’d like to add?
Thank you for interviewing me. I hope I was able to add something of interest for your readers. I look forward to having you on my blog.