I'm a working writer; that is, I write every day and have written several books.
The newest book is Back Again to Me, a novel about adoption. Prior to that, I wrote three books in two years--and I don't recommend that!They are Talking Your Way to the Top: Business English that Works (Prometheus Books 2006); A Love for Learning: Motivation and the Gifted Child (with Carol Strip Whitney, Ph.D.)(Great Potential Press, 2007), and The Complete Idiot's Guide to Difficult Conversations (Alpha Books, September 2007).
I also like to help other writers try to achieve their dreams, so I work as a book doctor/independent editor as well.
You can find out all about that part of my life at www.midwestbookdocs.com.
You'll also find several of my articles at www. ezinearticles.com and I occasionally blog at amazon.com, too. But my blogspot blogs--write better now and gretchen's writing life--are far and away the most active.
Yesterday, the interior of my seventh book/first novel was sent to me to download and proof. I'm finding some proofing errors, but that's fixable little stuff. The big stuff is that putting out fiction feels so much more self-revelatory than publishing nonfiction. With nonfiction, people may take issue with your facts, your conclusions, even your style, but with fiction, if they hate the book, it feels as if they are taking issue with your very own soul (so far, no one has hated it, but I'm bracing for the day). Although this book isn't autobiographical in any way, it is something that came out of my imagination and my heart--not my research or someone else's research, and somehow sending this book into the world feels a lot more scary. Also a lot more exciting. It won't be long now.