Today we’re talking with Charmaine Saunders, a writer and writing coach from Australia. I liked the fact that she writes poetry for herself. How many of us also do that? I think poetry is a wonderful outlet for writers, even if they pen others types of writing.
Enjoy this interview.
Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from and how long have you been writing?
I was born in England, grew up in Hong Kong and have lived in Australia since I was 12. Have been writing since childhood but professionally 25 years
What types of writing do you do?
Mainly non-fiction in the self-help/psychology genre. Write poetry for myself.
What’s the best thing about writing?
Readers tell me I write as I speak, am very accessible and my writing is `inspirational’.
Share some of your writing goals.
Have realized many already – have had 6 books published, supply content to a lot of print and online publications but would like to reach many more readers worldwide as I believe in my message. have a few book projects on the boil and would like to see my columns syndicated.
Is there a specific time of day you like to write?
Generally write at night.
What’s the most interesting book you’ve ever read?
Non-fiction: The Game of Life.
Fiction: The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
Because my jobs have always involved writing – was an English teacher for 12 yrs before becoming a therapist – I probably didn’t make a conscious decision to work specifically as a writer but over the past few yrs, it has taken over from all my other work as my primary source of income. crept up on me!
Poetry – Kahlil Gibran
Plays – Oscar Wilde
Novels – Somerset Maugham and Thomas Hardy for literary, crime writers such as Michael Connelly, James Patterson, Linda Fairstein etc for contemporary
Non-fiction – Wayne Dyer, Louise Hay, Frances Scovel-Shinn
Book you’re currently reading.
Sue Walker – The Reunion
Any type of writing ritual you have?
Not really – believe very strongly that we artists of all kinds should not edit as we go but let e’thing out onto the canvas/screen/paper/clay etc then improve/alter later.
I guess I take a very practical approach
Do you believe in writer’s block? If so, how did you get past it? If not, why not?
Don’t tend to get it because of my above philosophy. sure, I’ve faced the blank page and experienced a moment of panic but it’s a case of making a start and letting it all flow, creativity naturally comes from within if you have innate talent. also, when you write columns and features and have regular deadlines, you don’t have the luxury of waiting for the muse to appear!
What’s the measure of a successful writer?
Believe in what you have to say if you write non-fiction, tell a good story if you’re a novelist and for both, be entertaining!
Advice for other writers?
Mainly about not being too self-critical and second-guessing oneself; o’wise, you’ll never write a single line! be fearless!
Where can we learn more about you?
Have a website – www.charmainesaunders.com or just google my name.
Anything else you’d like to add?
I also am a writing coach and editor if anyone can use these services.