Newbie Flier Becky McLendon Takes To The Skies With Books

becky1This interview with new-born flier Becky McLendon will make you want to go and read her new book. Curious? Well it’s called “Settling In: At Home in my Sky” and it’s available now on Amazon. Need a link? Well here it is…

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When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

Writing was embedded in my DNA. I wrote before I could even form letters on paper. Storytelling, imagination, wondering and remembering events was always there

How long does it take you to write a book?

I have spent as long as 4 years and as little time as 6 months writing a book. One thing for sure, I have found that the more you write, the easier it is to write.

What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?

Being retired, with the exception of my editing work, I have no work schedule per se. When the urge to write is there, I simply announce to the world, “Back off a little, I’m writing.”

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

Jotting notes on whatever I can find when an inspiration hits. Writing the final paragraph before writing the book. And asking people if an opportunity arises, “May I quote you in my book?” They usually accommodate me and even embellish a bit.

How do books get published?

The big thrust these days is “Indie” publishing…self publishing. I am for the most part “self” published although I have recently signed on with a publishing house.

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

Life is my main source! Experiences are worthy of being written about.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I read voraciously. I am a photographer. I am a musician. And I find, that all being a part of the arts, they are all intertwined with writing.

What does your family think of your writing?

They have suddenly begun to realize, HEY she is a real live author. They are quite proud.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

That it can be done. There is no huge dark secret out there hidden from the masses.

How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?

I have written probably 10 books. 2 are full length books of 150 -300 pages. The rest are “short stories” available on Kindle (electronic books)

Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?

Study your native language, its formalities and it’s dialectical colors. Enjoy the language and practice just spilling out on paper daily. If you cannot think of anything to write, write that! You will eventually arrive at the point where suddenly, it will begin to be “a dark and stormy night….where she huddled in her chair, book in hand, wondering if she was really seeing it or only imagining it……”

Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?

What I hear from my readers who take the time to contact me and review my work is pure liquid gold encouragement!

Do you like to create books for adults?

Yes. I think adults enjoy sharing rich experience, entertainment and information with one another.

What do you think makes a good story?

A story that inspires, encourages and sends the reader on a true adventure and a true educational experience is a good story. In my case, to hear a reader say, “I learned about flying from this book.” Or, “I overcame my fear of flying…” or “I want to fly too!” That is a mission accomplished.

As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

I wanted to grow up never losing my childlike wonder, but having the ability to impart wonder to others, to give them memories and something solid to think about. That last one…. Something SOLID to consider, to hold on and carry with them. Yes! Well maybe my years of teaching fulfilled some of that.

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