Author Accelerator Member Spotlight: Joy Imboden Overstreet

Celebrating a writer’s success

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We’d like to introduce Joy Imboden Overstreet, one of our Author Accelerator members. Joy recently finished her first draft and we invited her to sit down for a little interview to talk about her experience. So without further ado, here is Joy!

Q: Okay, Joy, can we have the basics about your project and your book coach?

Joy: My book is Back to My Senses: A Memoir. I’ve been working on for 6 months. I worked with book coach Sheila Athens.


Q: How does it feel to have finished?

Joy: Astonishing. I’ve wanted to write this for nearly 40 years. Been on my “Intentions for 19__, 20__” … almost every year and always found excuses.


Q: What did you do to celebrate?

Joy: Took myself to a lovely lunch outside at an excellent Portland restaurant.


Q: What are your next steps?

Joy: Hahaha. Revise revise revise. I have to make sure all the threads are properly introduced, elucidated and tied up. For starters…


Q: Why would you recommend coaching to get to a finished draft?

Joy: Sheila helped me clarify the message; she pushed me for more detail and more emotion (having been a health educator and journalist accustomed to writing tight, this was a challenge); and most important, I knew she was waiting for my 5,000 words every Tuesday night. I needed to be accountable to someone besides myself.

Thanks so much for taking the time to talk with us, Joy. And again, congrats on your huge accomplishment!