Guest Author Interview – Sherri Rabinowitz

Entering My Second HalfToday, I’m excited to share my interview with author Sherri Rabinowitz who has written her memoir, Entering My Second Half – the story of the first fifty years of her life.

Where are you from? I was born and raised in Southern California, primarily in Los Angeles. I have lived in both the Midwest and East Coast but I consider myself a Westerner. I am a native Californian and spent 90 percent of my life in Southern California.

What’s your latest news? My new baby has been born – it’s my book, Entering My Second Half. This is a memoir about the first half of my life and how it all led to my life now. All roads lead to Rome, and in my life one thing was for certain, I am in one way or another an entertainer.

When did you start writing? I have always written. In elementary school, my teacher asked us to write a paragraph and for some reason I was so inspired I wrote a 5 page story that was a Greek Myth.

But professionally I began writing for local newspapers and newsletters when I was in College to make some extra money. I didn’t start writing fiction, other than fan fiction till I was in my 30’s, I wrote a few stories for Anthologies and was paid for the first time. I started to write original stories based on my fan fiction, and then I expanded, changed, and re-wrote till I created my first book, Murder Inc.

Who’s your favorite author and why? It really depends on genre’ and if you’re asking for an author who is still with us or passed on. I guess my favorite living author is J. K. Rowling and my favorite author who passed on….well there are two, they both had such an influence in my life I can’t write one. Agatha Christie and Jane Austen.

It is hard to say why an author is your favorite; you obviously feel a connection with the prose, and the style they use. But there is more than that. These three women fascinate me on more levels than that they write books. Obviously they are all English. I think the real reason is they are all artists with their pens and they touch my soul.

What’s your writing process? I come up with my idea and write it down. That is important, because inspiration can come from anywhere. Then I always write the first draft long hand. People are shocked by that, but for me it’s the way I feel connected with my characters. There is coldness to the computer that creates a distance which is not beneficial to me as a writer. Then the second draft I put in the computer – I edit it, I add and subtract text. I believe stories take on a life of their own and you have to allow that so you can bring out the best in characters.

My memoir took longer and was a difficult process that took four years. The difficult part was deciding what would go in, and what wouldn’t. I made the choice that I would not put in any names of people from my life unless they had a direct effect on what I was talking about. I decide to put some of the most painful parts of my life in the book in the hopes it would help others who were going through the same kind of experience.

What inspired you to write this particular book? I had a panic attack at reaching 50 years old. I wrote up all the things I did worth anything in my life, and I was a bit surprised at how much I had accomplished and just who I had met that made my life worth a read.

Is there a message in your book that you want readers to grasp? Yes, try new things, even if you’re scared. You never know, you might not only be good at it, but it might change your life.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers? Yes, write, no matter who says not to or how little money there is in it, if you’re driven to write, write.

For more information about Sherri, go to http://rithebard.weebly.com/

Her new memoir is available on Amazon – http://amzn.to/1Rkzk6C

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6 comments to Guest Author Interview – Sherri Rabinowitz

  • Sherri, well done for the courage you had in completing your memoir and making it available.
    I wrote my memoir, ‘Last Incarnation of H Gibson’, in 2011 and had only one copy printed as a gift to my best friend who is also my husband. Readers and fans who came to know about it hound me to release it publicly. I’m not yet comfortable in doing so as it is an extremely emotional, private, as well as revealing book. Written for my husband, it lays my soul bare, but as it may become a best seller judging from the attention it receives when readers know about it, I’m starting to wonder if the time for release is drawing near. My 5th mega-saga book is coming out in December 2015. Then one more end of 2016. Maybe after these two.

  • I admire Sherri and enjoyed reading her interview. I also wrote my memoirs A Hairdressers Diary and now just finished the sequel Scissors Retired . I agree with Sherri if one person is helped by reading our life’s story we have accomplished so much.

  • admin

    You’re right, Christine. You never know what part of your journey could help someone else. Good luck with the new book!

  • admin

    You could always change the names and/or places to fictionalize your story if you feel it’s too revealing. Creative non-fiction is a real genre. I did something like this for my debut novel “Husbands May Come and Go but Friends are Forever,” and the book has been optioned for the big screen. Just shows it can be done. Think about it.

  • sherri

    Hi Christine, I enjoyed your first book very much. How kind you are to say such lovely things about me, and I hope your second book does well 🙂

  • sherri

    HI H. Gibson, It is always a hard choice to make to publish a non-fiction account of your own life. You don’t know what the reaction will be. I made the choice but it was not overnight. I hope if you do release it, it is a big hit and helps a lot of people 🙂

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