Author Showcase Feature with Book Excellence Award Finalist Elda M. Dawber
Book Title: Wait Until I’m Dead!
How did you know you wanted to be an author? I have been addicted to reading and writing from a very early age. During my career as a social worker, I listened for years to the stories of children and adults who were remarkably resilient after dealing with tremendous hardships. At some point, I remember feeling compelled to merge these two areas of interest. Once I did, the voices of those children simply demanded to be put on paper. No turning back.
What is your advice for aspiring authors? If you had to do it again, what would you have done differently? I had tried for years to write children’s books and, while I loved them, they never really resonated with anyone else. Once I began writing from inside myself, using my own experiences and emotions, focusing on the skills I had and used daily, the writing really took off. The old writer’s adage to “write what you know” is the best advice ever. And…we all have a story to tell. Find your own way to say it.
Do you have any writing rituals or practices? I cannot sit and write all day, especially if thoughts aren’t coming and the screen stays dark. I walk, go to the gym, get out doors and let the wind blow through, clearing the clutter out of the brain. I do my best plot development walking at the beach.
What message do you want readers to remember? Human beings are phenomenally courageous and resilient, and my writing is focused on celebrating that aspect of people’s lives. Children have an enormous capacity to bounce back after painful experiences, but adults have an even greater responsibility to protect them, to shield them from harm, and to work to make the world a safer place for all of us.