Author Accelerator Member Spotlight: Joy Imboden Overstreet
Celebrating a writer’s success
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!