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Can You Officially Call Yourself a WRITER? #writer #writinglife

Are you a writer?

There are a few things that I have been asked that have been pretty thought-provoking. I decided I would blog about the biggest one. This one is something that a lot of aspiring authors ask themselves. I guess they ask others too because here I am blogging about it.

In my early career, I refused to tell anyone I was a writer. I thought you had to be a NYT bestseller to call yourself that. I thought you had to have a bazillion books out at bookstores. I thought you were someone akin to celebrity status.

Ha. Them was the days, I tells ya. So much has changed though. Now if I were just starting out, I would be a lot freer with answers.

So, what is this big question? Are you ready to think? It’s a toughie.

When can you officially say you are a writer?

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Well, that’s an interesting question. First, when someone asks that of me, I tell them the answer lies in the question.

You can officially say you are a writer.

Yes, that is the answer.

And the sooner you do that, the better. You can call yourself a writer at any time. You write, right? Then you are a writer. The question really should be-what do you write? Because when you introduce someone to the fact that you are a writer, you will be bombarded by the oh really? what do you write? thing.

So, you are a writer. You take a pen and pad with you everywhere because you like the tactile experience of writing. Or you have a cool app to facilitate that habit you have of jotting down ideas when they strike you. So, at what point did you decide that doing a longer work should happen?

No – that’s a real question.

Leave your answers in the comments below. I want to know!

WGP Episode 68 – Sean Ellis, action adventure novels

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Sean Ellis has authored and co-authored more than 20 action-adventure novels, including the Nick Kismet adventures, the Jack Sigler/Chess Team series with Jeremy Robinson, and the Jade Ihara adventures with David Wood. He served with the Army National Guard in Afghanistan, and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resources Policy from Oregon State University. Sean is also a member of the International Thriller Writers organization. He currently resides in Arizona, where he divides his time between writing, adventure sports, and trying to figure out how to save the world.

To get Sean’s books simply click the cover!

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Interview with Sean Ellis

Show Notes
In this episode we learn:

  • All about Sean and his writing career and how Indiana Jones influenced his writing.
  • How he got published through small presses and how networking worked for him.
  • What co-authoring is like for Ellis
  • Insider info about his latest book, Camp Zero, a futuristic thriller that teaches about survival skills
  • Discussion about the imagery on the cover and what it means – pitch for our NEXT guests Jerry and Sharon Ahern
  • Details about categories and how our books get put there thanks to algorithms-where Ellis’s books are listed and why he thinks they are there
  • How many books are planned for this series beginning with Camp Zero.
  • Insider info about being a serial writer and whose series has excited Ellis.
  • Discussion about readers and how they operate with a series, beginning with book one and going forward.
  • Problems with writing series of books (great info for authors!)
  • Details about Sean Ellis’s process of writing.

and so, so much more, including his BEST advice for aspiring authors

Listen to my writing news info, personal update, and the AUDIO ONLY version of the interview here:

You can find Sean Ellis online at:
Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/Sean-Ellis/e/B002E74G1G/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1476630337&sr=8-2-ent
Speaking Volumes author page: http://speakingvolumes.mybigcommerce.com/sean-ellis/

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WGP Episode 67 – Rich Meyrick, travel adventures

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Rich Meyrick is the fingertips behind everything associated with Jaspa’s Journey. Born in Wales, he developed a fascination in geography, history and the environment at an early age, interests which culminated in a PhD from the University of Cambridge (UK) and a post-doc at the University of Waterloo (Canada). In 2000, Rich accepted a position as an environmental scientist in Weimar, Germany, at a research station of the renowned Senckenberg Institute. Four years later he married Sue and returned to Waterloo, this time permanently. Since then, when he and Sue aren’t actually travelling with Jaspa, Rich spends his days writing books and blogs about Jaspa’s adventures. It’s a Journey he hopes will continue for many years to come.

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Jaspa’s Journey: The Great Migration


Follow the thrilling adventures of Jaspa, a distant relative of the giraffe only three inches tall.He and his equally-small Ses friends must take on The Journey – a perilous, 800-kilometre ordeal across Africa’s Serengeti Plain in the company of the immense herds of the Great Migration.

Jaspa’s Journey 2: The Pride of London


Jaspa and his friends are at it again! This time they embark on a whirlwind tour of London,attempting to solve the riddles of The Path in order to help their new friend Ernest, a Ratses, become a member of the clandestine Ses society known simply as The Pride.

Interview with Rich Meyrick

Show Notes
In this episode we learn:

  • How Rich and his wife, Sue, met and how his writing journey got underway
  • What Rich thinks is the most enjoyable and straightforward part of the writing journey
  • How Rich helps with the administrative part of the family life and how his writing life fits into it
  • Where research comes into play with his books
  • Rich’s opinion about editing and how it works
  • We learn about Jaspa’s Journey and how he and his wife have created the world of it
  • How Jaspa got his name
  • Where the settings are from in the books and how they set the tone of each
  • Insider details about the cover art of his books and a little about the artist, Brad Hughes
  • Why Rich and Sue went with an indie publisher, Speaking Volumes, rather than going it alone
  • Discussion: How marketing has remained a big black box for Rich and why he feels like it is not his forte
  • The total country count for Jaspa and how he is a very well traveled little plush toy
  • Info about his blog

and so, so much more, including his BEST advice for aspiring authors

Listen to my writing news info, personal update, and the AUDIO ONLY version of the interview here:


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You can find Rich Meyrick online at:

Website : http://www.jaspasjourney.com/
Blog : https://jaspasjourney.wordpress.com/
Goodreads : www.goodreads.com/author/show/3083164.Rich_Meyrick
Twitter : https://twitter.com/richmeyrick
Instagram : http://www.instagram.com/jaspasjourney
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/Jaspa-48561121909/

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WGP Episode 66 David Hardiman, non-fiction author

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David Hardiman is the author of the novel, Bailey’s Remarkable Plan. And you will LOVE the bond between this fabulous man and his service animal.

A Christian, David R. Hardiman lives with his wife of forty-six years in Arlington, Texas. He has served in numerous community leadership roles and as trustee for one of his previous colleges. David is the father of three daughters and the grandfather of six precious grandchildren. Bailey, a double-pedigreed shih tzu and special friend, completes the family as his beloved service dog. She arrived seven years ago with a remarkable plan to help David face his new life challenges. Bailey became the inspiration for David’s life story, Bailey’s Remarkable Plan.

Interview with Mr. Hardiman and Bailey

To get David’s book simply click the cover!

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In this episode we learn:

Show Notes

    • David tells us about his family and how the book came to be when Bailey came along
    • The circumstances that required David to need a dog like Bailey
    • What was going on when David was born and how it shaped his future-a future colored by a veteran related trauma
    • The official name of his disorder (no, you cannot say it fast even once) and how Bailey knew from the start that he had something that needed her attention
    • Insider info on the catalyst that sent him to the writing chair
    • How faith changed his life and his situation with this disorder (which is very rare)
    • Discussion about Shih Tzus (and Bailey steps in for a visit!)
    • How this dog picked her owners instead of the other way around! (we had a glitch in the audio-but when it straightened out- I continued my story about my Tinkerbell and how we got Darby who also picked us)
    • Great info about service dogs and certification
    • Why David believes in angels and how Bailey fits into that belief
    • Where David is coming from, in regards to the message of this book, and how it is for Christians and non-Christians alike

and so, so much more, including David’s BEST advice for aspiring authors or anyone struggling! DO NOT MISS THIS!

Listen to my writing news info, personal update, and the AUDIO ONLY version of the interview here:

You can find David Hardiman online at:

Website : Bailey’s Remarkable Plan
or through his wonderful publicist, Stephanie Patrick at Cottage PR and Consulting.

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