2. What role, if any, did books, writing, and reading play in your childhood?
3. What is your writing practice, your writing routine?
4. Who are you reading now?
5. What are three of your all-time favorite books? Why do you love those?
6. How do you balance “building a writing platform” and the actual writing to set on that platform?
7. What is a typical day like for you?
8. Describe your dream writing space.
9. What is the hardest writing critique you ever received? How did you respond?
10. What is the best wisdom you have to share with other writers?
Hmmm, wisdom…I would advise not to let ambition and the pressures of success (how society views success) pollute what you want to write. The truth is, most artists don’t make money at their craft and have to do other things. That’s okay or rather, it is what it is. Ideally our country would support the arts more, but it doesn’t. Success often doesn’t equal talent, meaning I know many talented artists who are not making money from their art but for various reasons (luck, not getting the right break, etc.) they have not had commercial success. The real gift (and challenge) is to enjoy your craft. On your death bed, this will have more meaning than how many books you sold. Don’t “sell out,” just to please others or make money. Follow your heart and your vision. I always have done that.
Sharon Yablon has been writing, directing and sound designing plays in Los Angeles for over 20 years. She is the founder of Sharon’s Farm, which produces plays in alternative sites such as old hotels, pools, and parks. She is currently working on a short story collection set in Los Angeles and San Francisco, and her first story will be published in TAYO in March. Her work can next be seen onstage in the Lost Valentine’s Festival in February, and the One Axe Festival in June (Los Angeles).