Ask the Author: Margot Potter
What would you like readers to know about you?
I’ve written 7 books on jewelry making and design including The Impatient Beader series, self-published an e-book on marketing and branding called The Fine Art of Shameless Self-Promotion, and published my first full-length hardcover humor book last year with Sterling Publishing. I’m also a design expert, on-camera personality, jewelry maker, video hostess, consultant, and social media maven.
What is Fifty and Other F-Words about for those who haven’t read it?
It’s a book of humorous, raw essays about my experiences as a woman over 50 in a youth obsessed society. I tell it like it is, without sugar coating or side stepping even the most painful truths about surviving and thriving after 50. It’s a manifesto and an invitation for women of a certain age to grow BOLDER and rewrite the current scripts on aging.
What has been your inspiration for writing Fifty and Other F-Words?
At 50 I found myself unemployed, plummeting into menopause, and facing the empty nest. I wrote myself out of the funk in a series of blog posts that were the basis for the book. Other women were digging my message, and it became clear that we needed to talk openly about ageism, sexism, and being a kick ass woman of a certain age!
What was your favorite scene or part of your book to write?
Since the book is comprised of essays, I can’t really say there’s one that is my favorite. They all represent a different part of my journey. I did enjoy the Hair Don’ts essay a lot, especially since they put the photos of my lifetime of horrible hairstyles in the book and on the end papers! That was a delightful surprise from the book designers!
What books or authors inspired you to become a writer?
I started reading as a child. I was that kid who won the summer reading contest at the local library every year. I read myself out of the children’s section and into adult books. My first adult author was Erma Bombeck, and I still adore her. Writers who’ve inspired me include Tom Robbins, Erica Jong, Nabakov, Roald Dahl, Christopher Moore, E. Jean Carroll, Frances Hodgson Burnett, Lord Byron, David Sedaris, Haruki Murakami, Dr. Seuss, JK Rowling, Kurt Vonnegut, F. Scott Fitzgerald… So many books, so little time. I tend towards writers who understand and can articulate the tragi-comical nature of being human.
What advice would you give to aspiring authors who want to write a book?
Just start writing. Write poems, write essays, write blog posts, write Tweets, write and rewrite and edit and purge and write some more. If you can’t find a publisher, self-publish. Honestly, you’ll make more money. Publishing contracts never favor the writer. Find your voice, find your niche, find an audience, and GO FOR IT. You don’t need to wait for permission.
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