I talked to Julie K. Rubini at the Ohioana Book Festival.
Christine Brennan broke down many barriers as a female sports journalist. When you go to her website, she has a special section where she tells journalism students exactly what they need to do to follow in her footsteps.
When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
I have stories from when I was in the 4th or 5th grade. I never envisioned writing to make a living.
Sidebar: She shared her background that tied into how she became a writer. She lost her oldest daughter 19 years ago when she was 10. Her family established Claire’s Day Book Festival. They are going into their 18th year. They impact over 20,000 children. They honor children who are identified by their schools as the most improved readers. Last year, they recognized 1,200 children who receive a certificate and a coupon for a book. For more information, go to their website: http://www.clairesday.org/
I just gave the highlights of the story. The detail is inspiring. Go to their website to check it out. Enough said.
How long did it take for you to write the book?
6 to 9 months.
What is your writing schedule when you are writing?
When under a deadline it is all day, sometimes weekends too. When I am off deadline, I am always working on something.
What is your interesting/unique writing quirk if you have one?
I need to take breaks. I must move.
What is the most surprising thing you learned when writing this book?
How much I enjoy research. I have always enjoyed learning about people. I enjoy finding those interesting questions. I love documenting. I never want anything that I have written to be questioned as far as its accuracy.
Where can a person buy your book?
Traditional outlets, independent book sellers, Barnes and Noble, and Amazon. Also, here at the Ohioana Book Festival, you can get the book signed.