Please help me welcome Nicole Borgenicht to my blog today!
It’s rare today to find an author who does nothing but write for a living. Do you have a day job other than writing, and if so, what is it?
I’ve freelanced and often worked part time my entire life! Currently I freelance write for various magazines. I also work as a part time personal trainer, and as a Creative Writing teacher.
What are some other jobs you’ve had in your life?
I videotaped the news, game shows, talk shows, a little sketch comedy and won two Los Angeles Emmys for shooting the anchors of the LA Marathon. I also shot camera for the United Nations of the General Assembly and Security Council. I have directed and produced a little as well. I wrote a commercial spot that was produced and ran on NBC regionally in California for almost two years.
Have they influenced/inspired your writing?
All of the arts, whether writing, painting, or camera have composition and story telling in common.
Can you share some writing experiences with us?
Sometimes getting published has to do with subject matter not only talent or style. If you happen to hit the right topic, suddenly an editor will be interested. This has happened with several of my published short stories.
Tell us briefly about your book and what you feel is the most important topic/sub-message you share.
The Kids of Dandelion Township is about friends who learn they have similar emotions and thoughts although they are from different backgrounds. They experience enchanted moments together and discover creative ways to do their homework assignments. The most important topic is to be open to learning about your differences and similarities in a positive way. Also to accept that if something magical or spiritual happens, it is sometimes best to sit with it rather than assume others will react in the same way at first.
Like all authors you have had your fair share of rejection letters. You obviously did not let the letters deter you. How did you keep your determination without getting discouraged?
My mother was a literary agent many decades ago. She advised me that it only takes one editor to like your work and get published. She says the same thing about men “it only takes one” so I guess she has a point.
Have you ever suffered from writer’s block? If yes, how did you ‘cure’ it?
At moments. My friend Patrick Horton does a great workshop in California that is very helpful to release any fears or blocks. Also Julia Cameron The Writer’s Way, suggests simply writing daily. I also went to a career counselor named Linda Buzzell who gave me the freedom to write. Sometimes we think it’s not our right – how funny is that?
Have you had any training to become a writer?
I took courses in writing at Madison University of WI, then I took several workshops and more courses in various colleges to include USC and UCLA. I had inspirational teachers in high school too.
What type of books do you mostly write?
My first book was a picture book, this book is a chapter book. I have two more chapter books under way and a young adult novel too. I like variety.
Does your family and friends inspire any of your books, characters, or plots?
Thank you for being here on my blog Nicole. You are such a wonderful and interesting writer Nicole and it was great to learn more about your background. I enjoyed speaking with you during our Blog Talk Show on April 9th as well. Your book has such a great message for kids of all ages. I will be reading your book to a Grade 2, 3 and 6 class in May. I look forward to seeing your next book!
Author Website: www.nicoleborgenicht.com
Blog Address: http://lisamgriffin.blogspot.com
Nicole Borgenicht is a children’s fiction writer. Her most recent picture book is The Bridge published by Publish America. Some of Nicole’s other kid’s stories have appeared in The Los Angeles Times Kid’s Reading Room section, Stories for Children Magazine and LadyBug Flights Magazine. Additional works comprise poetry and essays, short stories, one act plays or articles in magazines such as Arts and Entertainment Skyline and American Fitness.
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