Author Name: Faith Fuller Wilcox
Book: Hope is a Bright Star: A Mother’s Memoir of Love, Loss, and Learning to Live Again
Are you a full-time author? If not, what’s your side gig? Full-time author
Favorite author/books: Anthony Doerr…All the Light You Cannot See and Four Seasons in Rome
What experiences or people have influenced your writing the most? My interest in writing started in college and grew when I began a daily practice of writing in a journal twenty years ago. I started journal writing after my daughter Elizabeth was diagnosed with a rare bone cancer. I wrote to release feelings of anxiety, loss, and fear, and I wrote to record what happened during the day and night during my daughter’s cancer treatments. After Elizabeth died, I wrote of my maelstrom of grief and the depression I struggled with. In time, I wrote of my flickers of hope for healing and eventually, I wrote about where I found places and times of comfort and peace.
Do you keep a writing journal and if so, how do you use it? Yes. I continue to write in a journal. The journal entries that I’ve written over the past twenty years are the fiber of my memoir, Hope Is a Bright Star.
Do you belong to a writers’ group? If so, describe your experience: I don’t belong to a writing group but I studied poetry with Mark Doty and memoir with Paul Lisicky at the Juniper Institute which is part of the University of Massachusetts MFA Program in Creative Writing. I also take writing courses at Grub Street in Boston, MA.
Are you up with the sun or do you burn the midnight oil? Up with the sun!
How do you get over a writing slump? I take a break from writing and spend time in nature.
Do you prefer writing dialogue or descriptive passages? Descriptive passages
What are you working on now? I’ve been writing Hope is a Bright Star for several years and am working on early publicity prior to my pub date of June 8, 2021.
What advice would you give to someone thinking about writing and publishing a book? Write about a topic that you know well and you feel passionate about sharing. As far as publishing goes, be prepared! Work with an editor and make your manuscript as good as it can be before you send it to an agent or publisher. Write a strong book proposal too. Lastly, keep on trying to make contact with the publisher or agent in your genre. Never give up!
Do you listen to podcasts? If so, which podcasts do you find the most interesting? Podcasts that focus of grieving and healing, finding meaning after loss, discovering healing after trauma.
Favorite escape: Walking along the shoreline of the sea or a lake.
Have you ever tried Kombucha tea?: No, I haven’t but I might. I like tea much more than coffee.
Do you prefer a couch with pillows or no pillows? A couch with pillows.
Would you rather rake leaves, shovel snow or weed? Weed! For some reason I find weeding cathartic.
Favorite mask – disposable paper, plain fabric, colorful print or something else? Colorful print of various blues.
Biggest writing challenge since Covid-19: Feeling more isolated. Writing is always a singular exercise but I like to gather with others and share my writings. I’ve not been able to share my writing with friends like I used to do prior to Covid-19.
Awards: Hope is a Bright Star: A Mother’s Memoir of Love, Loss, and Learning to Live Again was a GOLD winner in the Nonfiction Book Awards program. Faith’s publisher, She Writes Press, is an award-winning hybrid indie press. See info below:
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