Who’s That Indie Author? Miriam Hurdle

Author Name: Miriam Hurdle

Genre: Poetry and Children’s Books

Books: Songs of Heartstrings: Poems of Gratitude and Beatitude and Tina Lost in a Crowd

Brief Bio: I write poetry, flash fiction, short stories, and children’s stories. I’m retired after two years of counseling, fifteen years of teaching, and ten years of school administration. During my retirement, I enjoy gardening, painting, photography, and traveling, especially going to visit my granddaughters.

What got you started as a writer? After I finished college in Hong Kong, I wrote children’s books as part of my job in a literacy company. In 2016, I started blogging with the desire to share my cancer recovery journey. The blogging took me to write about my travel notes, flash fiction, gardening, and poetry. I compiled the poems written in two years to publish my first poetry collection.

What difficult experience has helped you as a writer? I think the ten years of my first marriage, the five years being separated from my daughter, and my cancer experience made me look at life differently and helped me as a writer.

Have you ever participated in the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)? If so, how many times and what was your experience? I have participated in the NaNoWriMo 2017, and the NaNoWriMo Camp in July 2020. November is not a convenient month for me to make a commitment to write every day because the Thanksgiving week is a family time. I completed the word count in 2017, but the last one-third of the story is messy. July is a better time to write, and I could use what I wrote in 2020.

What advice would you give a new indie author hoping to publish a book? My advice would be:

  1. Write what you’re passionate about and write freely,
    as if nobody will read it.
  2. Read aloud what you write to see if YOU like it.
  3. Take a few online writing courses to refresh your writing skills.
  4. Do research to get a bird’s eye view of writing, editing,
    publishing, and marketing.
  5. Have a good or professional editing of your book for the publication.

What has been the biggest challenge for you during Covid?  The biggest challenge during Covid was not being able to see my granddaughters. I missed being with my daughter for her childbirth for my second granddaughter. I didn’t see my younger granddaughter until she was eight months old. On my first visit, it took her several days to warm up with me. In fact, studies show that babies born during Covid take a while to get used to the social contact.

What are you reading right now? I’m reading my blogging friend Elizabeth Gauffreau’s new book Grief Songs: Poems of Love. I should be done reading it by the time this interview is posted.

Would you rather laugh or cry over a book? I would rather laugh over a book with a pleasant sense of humor. I have plenty of experiences that remind me of the tears.

Have you ever climbed a tree to read a book? I grew up in a city full of skyscrapers rather than trees, so I have never climbed a tree to read. I have had no experience of climbing trees.

Have you ever dropped a book in the tub, in a pool or in the ocean? I read Kindle books on my phone. I once left my phone in the pocket and put the jacket in the washer. It almost gave me a heart attack, not because of the books, but my contacts. It makes me very conscientious about holding a phone in the tub at home or in the spa at the gym.

Could you live in a tiny house? From childhood to young adult, I lived with my family in a tiny apartment in Hong Kong. After forty-some years of living in good sizes of houses, it would take a big adjustment to live in a tiny house.

What are the small things that make you happy? The smallest things are when my older granddaughter called me “grandma,” asking me to do things with her, and when my younger granddaughter warmed up with me and let me hold her.

Website and social media links:
Website/Blog: theshowersofblessings.com
Amazon Author Page: Miriam-Hurdle
Goodreads: Miriam Hurdle
Twitter: @mhurdle112
Facebook: Miriam-Hurdle-Author

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128 thoughts on “Who’s That Indie Author? Miriam Hurdle

  1. I loved reading about Miriam. It was interesting to learn that babies born during COVID take longer to become socialized. I’m sure once she got to know her grandma, she absolutely loved her.

    1. It took me several days for Nora to let me hold her from my first visit, Darlene. The last trip was enjoyable. Hubby and I did many things with both girls. We watched them on two evenings so that my daughter and son-in-law could go out on their dates. It was needed breaks for them and it was a good bonding time for us with the girls.

      1. We’ve seen the bottle neck frustration came out in many destructive forms already, Liz. Bigger kids rely on socialization to make them feel belong are affected by the pandemic. The surveys show why they’re depressed.

  2. Great interview and advice for writers! It would be hard going from a big house to a tiny house, I agree.

    1. I have friends who moved into a retirement home and got a studio size unit. It’s smaller than a hotel room. I know some retirement homes have clubs, pools, cafeterias, and other services. But the units are very expensive. My friends have health issues, both husband and wife. They want to have all the convenience. Some people can do it if they must.
      Thank you for your comment, Denise.

    1. Hi John – I’m glad you enjoyed the interview – I’ve been blogging friends with Miriam for a couple years now and it’s great to learn more about her!

  3. HI Barbara, Miriam really is a lovely blogger, writer and friend and I am very delighted to see her featured here. I can’t imagine never having climbed a tree. I was always climbing up trees as a girl, my dad even made us a few tree houses over the years. He built a tree house for my boys too.

    1. I know the kind of fun I missed from climbing trees, Robbie! Autumn climbed trees since she was two. She could climb pretty high right now. My daughter and son-in-law were talking about building a treehouse for the girls. Many of their friends have treehouses for their kids. Some are quite comprehensive. They have swings, slides, and rock climbing parts. I may order a treehouse catalog with instructions for them. They liked a treehouse that one couple has. I want to visit their friends next time to look at the treehouse.

      1. A treehouse would have been great – but we didn’t have one and none of my friends had them either. I always wanted either a playhouse or a swingset in our backyard. I just ran around a lot outside instead 😉 A treehouse for your grandchildren sounds wonderful!

    2. Hi Robbie – I’m glad you enjoyed the interview. Isn’t it interesting to see how, depending on where we grew up, we’ve each had unique experiences. I did a lot of tree-climbing as a girl, but I never read a book in one, so I always like to ask. My kids only climbed trees a little because our neighborhood isn’t set up with trees that are good to climb. We had a lot of good ones in my neighborhood. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Really enjoyed learning more about you, Miriam, and I’m so happy you can spend more time with your granddaughters now. Thanks for hosting, Barbara!

    1. I appreciate you stopping by and comment, Teri. It was quite tired playing with them every waking moment. I forgot what it was like to care for little ones. But as soon as I got home, rested for a day, I wanted to go again! Hubby and I couldn’t stop looking at the photos and talking about them.

    2. Hi Teri – thank you so much for stopping by and learning more about Miriam – it’s a great feeling to be able to reconnect with family after so many Covid restrictions. I”m glad you enjoyed the interview! 🙂

  5. What a wonderful interview, Barbara. Thank you for bringing Miriam into the spotlight. Her responses warmed my heart — especially when she mentioned her granddaughters. 💗

    1. Barbara asked great questions, Gwen. Nothing brings so much joy to our lives as the grandkids do, Gwen. I’ve had a glimpse of your grandkid. They sure are our blessings. Thank you for your lovely comment! ❤

    2. Hi Gwen – thanks for stopping by and I’m glad you liked the interview. I’ve enjoyed getting to know Miriam over the last couple years – she’s a great blogging friend 🙂

  6. A great interview, and a lovely representation of Miriam’s winning personality. Her answers clearly come from the heart. I loved them!

  7. I remember when Miriam couldn’t see her grandchildren, daughter, and son-in-law. That was cruel and unusual punishment. The effects of Covid have affected us all. I enjoyed reading Miriam’s responses. She is one of the kindest and most supportive bloggers I’ve met.

    1. Thank you for your comment, Mark. Yes, Barbara asked good questions. I liked that she wants to keep the answers short. It was good for me to answer and let the readers do a quick read. 🙂

  8. Miriam and I are members of the same book club where I learned of her work. Tina Lost in a Crowd is on my Kindle, so this is my nudge to read it.

    Miriam, you are a victor, not a victim, turning tough times into the grit it takes to write books. Cheers!

    1. What a lovely thing to say, Marian! I’ll remember that I’m a victor, not a victim. Are you a member of SCBWI? We haven’t met in person yet. They sent out a survey to ask about the best time to meet.
      Good to hear you have Tina Lost in a Crowd on your Kindle. I love to hear what you think! The idea for the next children’s book is brewing in my head. Thank you so much for your comment! 🙂

  9. I thought I knew a lot about Miriam, but I learned even more from this excellent interview. Thanks to both of you. I love knowing what inspires us in our writing….and our reading. Thanks to both of you.

    1. Haha, Pam. I feel the same when I read the interviews of other authors and writers. There seems to be something to discover from the interviews. Something we don’t talk about as much unless is being asked. Thank you for your lovely comment! 🙂

  10. I can feel your despair over missing your granddaughter’s birth, Miriam. I’m so glad you’ve reconnected now and can build a strong relationship with her and your older granddaughter. They keep us young!

  11. Lovely interview, Barbara and Miriam. It was great getting to know you, Miriam, and I enjoyed reading the writing tips. I’m also glad you’re able to see your granddaughters now.

    1. Thank you for stopping by, Lauren. The writing tips were what I went through in the publishing process. I learned what indie authors have to do in marketing before I got my manuscript ready. It brought me to the reality of self-publishing.

    1. I think I would, Priscilla. I wrote a flash fiction with a treehouse prompt. I did a quick research and all the retreat sites popped up. It would be a perfect retreat with a book or two. Many of them are quite fancy.

  12. First time visiting from the interviewees blog but I have to say I love the questions you ask. Especially about dropping a book in the tub lol

    1. I love that question also, Janice. I’m decluttering and gave away and recycled many physical books. I dropped my phone and cracked the glass protector twice. Just hope it won’t drop in the ocean on cruises. Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting. Best wishes on your nooks!

  13. Barbara is very generous in sharing her blog with the indie author, Yvette. I liked this interview because she prefers the answers to be short and precise. Thank you for your visit and comment. 🙂

  14. Hi Miriam, What a jolly good interview! You have had a very interesting life. Sorry to hear it was marred by cancer, thankfully recovered. I envy you your grand-daughters. How lovely…Although we are hugely grateful for our three, grown sons, none of them produced a cihlld. We do have a grand-dog and a grand-cat though. Not quite the same….Continued good luck with your writing, Miriam

    1. Thank you for your visit and comment, Joy! I understand well the personal preference whether to have children or not. I’m from a seven children family. One brother and his wife didn’t want any children. They’re retired and go camping at least once a month. My older sister has three sons and a daughter. One son had traveled to many countries and was an international chef. He went back to Hong Kong and is not married.
      I’m blessed with one daughter and two granddaughters. My daughter and her hubby are content with two kids. Some of their friends have three kids because they came from three-kid families.

      Enjoy your grand-dog and grand-cat. The four-legged beings are loyal and lovely.

      1. My best friend in elementary school was one of 11 children. I’m not sure any of them had more than 2-3 kids of their own. I came from a family of 4 kids and had 4 kids of my own. Whatever makes you happy is the way to go.

      2. In fact, my mom gave birth to 13 kids but only 7 survived. 5 couldn’t make before the war. I don’t know what happened because my parents didn’t talk about it. They got married tell young, dad 16, mom 15. It could have something about that.

      3. I was aware of a little sister, five years younger, died of meningitis. She was three. I watched my mom crying coming back from the hospital. The rest who didn’t make it were before I was born.

  15. I came from a large family but have only one daughter, not by choice though. My first marriage was troublesome and I didn’t want to bring another life into this world. But my only daughter and granddaughters make up for everything in my life right now. ❤

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