This week I have another interview for you. I write a lot on this site about overcoming the internal resistance that a writer faces and Kristen Elisabeth Steele exemplifies this to the utmost degree. In the later part of 2016 she was diagnosed with transverse myelitis, multiple sclerosis, and optic neuritis all within a few short months of each other. Faced with despair and the very stripping of her own identity, she poured her pain and her triumphs into a blog she started called Hope4Life180.com. Deeply personal, self-effacing,and funny, her blog is a raw look into the world of a mother, a teacher, a writer, and a person living with a debilitating condition. On top of the blog, she is also a published author of several childrens’ books which you can find on Amazon and createspace.com. You can find the links to buy her books at the end of this article. This article has been transcribed to text from a telephone interview. (more…)
I could actually see the end. I no longer had what it took to be the real me, betraying my dream for the sleep of the comforted and the unchallenged. I wasn’t a writer any more. I was only a person with a paycheck and a roof over his head.
Painful reminders of my failure yelled out to me from everywhere. A sci-fi writer on National Public Radio regaled the audience with his mastery of his own literary battlefield, illustrating his brainstorming of book ideas while hiking. It wasn’t even a month ago when I had those brainstorming sessions while at my day job or sitting by the pond. (more…)