A Class Act
Luke leaned over and whispered, “You get the medal, not me, OK?” We had been sitting at a banquet table in Orlando for about two hours, watching as nervous book authors waited for their category to be called and to learn if they’d won an award…
Shelf Awareness Book Brahmin
Oh, the questions they ask authors. From “on your nightstand now” to “the book you hid from your parents.” And this: “the book you’ve faked reading.” It’s what I get for spending my life telling other people’s true stories.
Entering the Chaos of Others
The first thing I noticed about the man was his turbulence. He didn’t walk into the store so much as take it over. His presence was like a low voltage force that could ramp up in power without warning.
Brevity: Find Your Question
Over Starbucks green tea, author Leslie Rubinkowski and I were talking about the merits of admitting how long you’ve been a writer of the relatively youngish genre of Creative Nonfiction. A fact generally used for building credibility can make you feel so old.
Julie Strauss Bettinger is co-author of four books and author of the recently published Encounters with Rikki: from Hurricane Katrina rescue to exceptional therapy dog. She also writes personal essays for literary journals and is past editor of two city magazines and two law enforcement journals. Julie holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction from Goucher College in Baltimore and bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Florida State University.
Personal essays, football coach quote book, the memoir of a wounded warrior and magazine features. Welcome to the thrilling, challenging, gratifying, but often exhausting world of full time, self-employed writing.
I’ve spent most of my life telling other people’s stories. It’s what drives me. Story is how I relate to the world. When Pulitzer-prize winning author Tom French speaks of storytelling, I finally feel understood. He says, “Stories are our defense against randomness….They calm us, inspire us, allow us to confront doubts and fears. They transport us into other lives and other experiences…”