Interview: Roberta Goli

Roberta Goli has a Bachelor of Science (Zoology), an Advanced Certificate in Veterinary Nursing and over 10 years work experience as a Veterinary Nurse and an Animal Technician (among other things). In addition to her interest in science and writing, her other loves include, animals, books, movies and playing MMORPGs. She has a pet dog, cat and a mouse.

Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from and how long have you been writing?

I have wanted to write for many, many years and did so on and off. It wasn’t until early this year that I decided to pursue it more actively.

What type of writing do you do?

Mostly I write articles for Suite 101 where I am the mammals’ feature writer, and also for Constant Content, though I have been neglecting that site in favor of Suite. I also write some short stories when I make the time and recently I wrote a 50,000-word novel for NaNoWriMo.

What’s the best thing about writing?

The freedom. Freedom to write what I want, when I want. Freedom to sleep in, or to stay up until 2am if the mood or inspiration strikes me. Doing something that I really enjoy.

Share some of your writing goals.

While I am enjoying article writing at the moment, I would like to pursue my creative writing more, and have lots of stories or even a novel published.

Is there a specific time of day you like to write?

Whenever the mood strikes me.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

When I was 12 and a teacher asked the class to do an assignment on what we wanted to be when we grew up. I agonized over this because I wanted to be either an author or an animal technician.

Book you’re currently reading?

We Need to Talk About Kevin, by Lionel Shriver. I am really enjoying this book.

Do you believe in writer’s block? If so, how did you get past it? If not, why not?

I do believe in writer’s block. During the last few days of NaNoWriMo when I felt I had nothing creative to say, I struggled. I just tried to keep typing because of the looming deadline. Normally, if I am struggling to write, I just don’t write that day. I take a break from it.

What’s the measure of a successful writer?

Hmm, well you could answer that success is measured on how many novels a writer has published or how much money they make, but I also feel that if a writer is making a decent income, then they are successful.

Advice for other writers?

Keep on writing. Read lots of book. Read other writers blogs and learn from your peers.

Where can we learn more about you?

You can check out my blog The Write Words.

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