15 May I Get So Excited When I Share Certain Stories
I HUMBLY INTRODUCE TO YOU A YOGA TEACHER, FORENSIC ACCOUNTANT & AN AUTHOR WHO DRAWS INSPIRATION IN WRITING THROUGH ACTIVITIES RELATED TO HER STORY PLANNING, COOKING AND READING OTHER BOOKS. ALL THESE SPARKS NUMEROUS CREATIVITY AS SHE WRITES. GUESS WHAT! HER JOURNEY COMES WITH ITS OWN STRUGGLES WHICH IN FACT, MAKES IT A UNIQUE ONE.
Join us in our interaction below:
Greetings to you… How’s life?
Tell us something about yourself
My name is Michelle Weinfeld. I am the granddaughter of a Holocaust survivor. I am a Forensic Accountant, but also a Registered Yoga Teacher. I love yoga, painting, and roller blading
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
This story of my grandfather surviving the Holocaust is something I always knew I wanted to share. The idea of this book, on the other hand, has changed a lot since the beginning. I never really knew that I wanted to be a writer. I wanted to create this book for my family, but then I realized in late 2020 that I wanted it to be more than that. This book is so much more to me than just a story. It is a love letter to my family, and I hope that they can see my personal growth throughout.
Tell us about your first published book. What was the journey like?
This journey has been a series of ups and downs. I actually didn’t think that I could do it all on my own. I didn’t think that I was capable of it or could stay motivated. I have major imposter syndrome and thought that I would let that get the best of me if I didn’t find a way to hold myself accountable. I joined a program called the Creator’s Institute to help me be part of a community of writers who are all on this path together. While this program has been great for me, my journey has not come without its struggles. I constantly worry about word count and the content of the story itself. I want this book to make my family proud, but I worry if I am doing it enough justice.
I know this is an important story to share, so I am pushing myself out of my comfort zone to get there and do it.
What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
I try to schedule time every week to write. I usually like blocking out large chunks of time, 3-4 hours, on the weekend to write. I also try to spend a few hours sporadically throughout the week on writing-related activities whether that’s story planning, cooking or reading other books to help inspire my creativity. I work full time, so it is a little more difficult to write consistently during the workweek.
What do you like the most about writing?
The thing I love the most about reading is an author’s ability to paint a vivid picture in the reader’s mind using only ink on the page. Anytime I write and I feel like I can create those moments, they are the most rewarding thing in the world. I get so excited when I share certain stories and have such a strong emotional connection to them.
How long does it take you to write a book?
This book will have taken me about a year from start to publish. I anticipate releasing my book in December 2021.
What were the key challenges you faced when writing this book of yours?
When writing this book, it was very difficult to do some of the stories. Not only were they difficult for me to write, but also my grandfather doesn’t use the most vivid imagery when he tells stories. He is very matter of fact and answers the question, but nothing more. Also, because of the pandemic, I haven’t been able to spend as much time with my grandfather collecting stories. I have had to write and then rewrite once I get clarification on what I am missing from his stories. There is a lot of research that has had to go into it.
What do you think makes a good story?
Can you share with us something about the book that isn’t in the blurb?
I actually haven’t written the blurb yet, but I transition back and forth a lot between my grandfather’s story and mine throughout the book. I try to do it in such a way that I almost parallel us. We have completely different experiences, not just that he survived the Holocaust, but also that he travelled across Europe mostly by himself as a young adult. He also started a completely new life here in America but formulating identity as a young adult is a key theme that I try to showcase through both of our experiences.
Is this book of yours been made into audio books? If so, what are the challenges in producing an audiobook?
I am hoping it will become an audiobook. It depends on my presale campaign! If it does, I anticipate finding the right person to narrate will be key in creating an audiobook.
What message do you have for aspiring writers and authors?
For aspiring writers and authors, I tell you to just keep writing. If there is a story you are passionate about, keep writing it. Even if you think your writing is trash or no one will read it, keep writing. Even if you don’t have direction on where you are going, keep writing. The most important thing is getting words down on the page as part of something that you care about. These stories are for you more than they are for anyone else. You have every right to share the story you are writing, and you will be so happy and proud once you finish it. It may have its ups and downs, but it will be worth it in the end.
It was great having you on this platform. Thus, to have an interaction with one of the amazing authors along my journey. You are an inspiration for the generation yet to come. God bless! Michelle.