Interview with aspiring author Sharon Blumberg

Tell us something about yourself?
I am a junior high Spanish and Language Arts teacher in Illinois. I have been a teacher for about 20 years. I have picked up a lot of wonderful ideas about young adults by working with them as a teacher. As a Language Arts teacher, I have also picked up a lot of great writing and reading ideas. I truly believe that my career is a wonderful complement to my writing career. I am also a book reviewer for The National Writing Center For Children and The Story Circle Network.

Who is your favorite author? Favorite book?
One of my favorite books is an exciting suspense novel entitled, Stolen Children by Peg Kehret

How did you get started writing?
I got started in writing by writing about teaching and educational issues. I have been doing that since 1996.

What are you working on now?
Currently I am working on authoring my first book. It is a story of a girl, and how she deals with her teachers and peers in a middle school.

Do you have a “day job,” and if so, how do you find the time to write?
My “day” job is a seventh grade Language Arts and Spanish teacher. I find most of my time to write in the summer. However, I do try and fit in some quality writing time during the year.

Do you have a set time for writing? A set place?
I really don’t have a set time for my writing. I usually do most of it in the summer, but I try to do it when I can find the time during my school year.

What is the most helpful writing advice you’ve gotten?
I would say the most helpful advice would be to stick to a routine writing schedule. But whatever one does, just keep on writing all the time. Even if it is for 15 minutes everyday. That is advice I aspire to achieve.


What is the least helpful advice?

The least helpful advice would be someone asking me why I would want to be a writer. You would have to write all the time! Naturally, that was the funniest as well.

Any last words?
Yes, I am a freelance writer who is always open to find writing work related to my career. I think writing is a wonderful profession that offers numerous possibilities. I would love to author books for young adults and teachers.

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18 thoughts on “Interview with aspiring author Sharon Blumberg

  1. Terri Forehand

    Nice interview, thanks for sharing. Teaching is a great way to understand the children you are writing for and gives you the opportunity to learn more ways to reach out to them and encourage them to read.

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  2. J. Aday Kennedy

    Sharon,
    Good luck. I’ve got 8 picture books slated for publication, but after several failures my new tween novel will be finished. I’ve started 3, and they’ve floundered, but I’ve learned from all of them. I hope your journey writing the first book will be fruitful.

    Blessings,
    J. Aday Kennedy
    The Differently-Abled Writer
    Children’s picture Book Klutzy Kantor
    Coming Soon Marta Gargantuan Wings

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  3. Sharon Blumberg

    Thank you Peggy, and all of you, for your wonderfull words of wisdom and support. You are a fine group of colleagues. I have to thank Suzanne L. for everything as well. Luv ya all!

    Sharon

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  4. Janet Ann Collins

    Aaah. Summer vacation! As a former teacher I can identify with Sharon’s choice to do most of her writing then, but I’m amazed that she can squeeze any writing time at all between grading papers, writing lesson plans, conferences, attending meetings, etc. I admire her ability to write as much as she does.

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  6. Irene

    Great interview Sharon! I love that advice about a writing schedule. I try to have one every week. If I don’t I really am not AS successful as I would be.

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  8. Darcía Helle

    Great interview!

    Sharon, raising kids through the seventh grade was miserable. I can’t imagine teaching them! You could probably write a book on maintaining sanity through challenging times!

    Best of luck with your writing career.

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  9. Karen Cioffi

    Nice to meet and learn about a fellow writer. Thanks for sharing with us Margaret.

    Sharon, 7th grade must be tough–that age group can be contrary. My daughter teaches 4th grade and the kids are hard to handle.

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  10. evelyn cooper finkelstein

    we are cousins sharon—literally
    i am a writer—too
    cal-william-morris—brothers—
    william–bill
    4 children
    herbert-marvin-douglas-judy
    he was my grandfather-crazy-but still
    herb-my dad—same
    looking to connect—sooner than later—if u r ok—with this—what may—evolve
    —evie
    like-chevy-
    954 790 9287
    findmycorneref@yahoo.com

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