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Sonia Pressman Fuentes

Interview

by Sheri' McConnell, National Association of Women Founder and President

May 27, 2003

Sonia was Member of the Week of the National Association of Women Writers on May 27, 2003.

Q: When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
A: Being a writer was a dream of mine from early childhood on. But I didn't think I had the discipline to pursue it. I did, however, have a poem published in the Miami Herald when I was 10 years old.

Q: How and when did you make this dream a reality?
A: I have been writing pieces all my life but never made a whole-hearted effort to get them published. I have always thought no experience was real until I wrote it down. About a year after my retirement as an attorney with the federal government in 1993, I began to write my memoir and since that time I have actively pursued a career in writing and have aggressively promoted my book.

Q: What's the most important lesson you've learned so far in your writing career?
A: Actually, I learned two lessons. First, don't let doubt about your ability keep you from writing. Write and then you'll find out later whether you have what it takes. And you can also hone your skills with attendance at courses and reading. Second, there are countless articles and books out there, so one must aggressively and continuously promote and market one's work.

Q: What are you working on right now?
A: I'm committed to writing the book for a musical called Hooray for Hollywood! that the Sarasota, Florida, Senior Theater, is putting on at the end of November 2003.

Q: What excites or ignites your soul?
A: No specific thing. Sometimes while I am having an experience, I get the feeling that I must write it down, sometimes I start to take notes at that time, and then I can't wait to get home to my computer and write it down. It can be anything that makes me feel that way. I've written articles about my Vietnamese manicurist, my trip to my parents' village in Poland, and a trip I made to the Ford and Edison Estates in Ft. Myers, Florida, when two buses broke down. The subject matter is limitless. It just must touch me personally and move me in such a way that I want to write it down.