To a certain extent, yes. I don’t think my book will be published without an editor. I think it was a pretty big step for me in publishing a book about my family. I had been to some of the book festivals and learned a lot about how to do the press. When you’re doing that, you get more experience from editors and publishers.
What do you find yourself thinking when you’re reading your own writing?
I think a lot about writing what I want to write. I just try to find that balance, where I feel like the characters are like me, like I care about the characters, and I’m also like them. I don’t know if I can always write that way, but I kind of get there. I think every good writer is looking to write that kind of book.
How important is a good editor? How good are they?
At my level, I feel like there’s nothing better than an editor. I feel like I can’t do a book if they don’t like it. I think they’re the ones who are going to make and shape the book.
Do you feel more secure with an editor?
As for my book, I think it was the best decision I ever made. I think the editors helped me find my own voice. I think they helped me figure out how to tell my story.
When you have a good editor, can you see where you’re going next?
Yeah, I see that I’m going to make many, many more great books. To a certain extent… maybe I should try to tell them, instead.
I don’t think it’s right that the American military should decide what I can consume or what I can do or where I can go. I think this could have been resolved with an Executive Order.
After reading this blog, I want the government to say something to you, Mr. Chairman, before you vote tomorrow on whether you can eat at restaurants or what time you can drive. The law says you can’t. There are no exceptions for medical conditions. You may not drive a vehicle unless it is in your regular driving route, and a driver’s license or permit is required (not a permit to drive a golf cart or skateboard). But is the public going to say that those are bad laws if they are enforceable? No, the government won’t.
Now, let’s say I go see an attorney. I pay $400