Writer Spotlight: Paula A
Meet Paula A from Cleveland Heights, OH!
If you had a catchphrase, what would it be?
Don’t rely on one income stream; make sure you have two or three in case one of them fails.
What’s your day job super power?
My super power is being able to type and think at the same time. It has helped me immensely as a writer.
Best advice you’ve ever received?
The best advice I ever received was actually something that I read. I was an active Etsy member, and read an interview with Seth Godin. In it, he suggested promoting our Etsy businesses on Squidoo. That was what led me to write on the Internet.
I don’t wear hats too often, but when I do my favorite one is a hat from recycled fleece made by an artist from Pittsburgh, Amber Coppings.
If there was a movie based on your life, what actor/actress would play you?
What would the title of the movie be?
A Backwards Life
Favorite thing about WA?
I like that we can deal with the clients directly to ask questions, and get to know them a bit. It gives us a chance to build a relationship with the clients, a connection.
Favorite writer, dead or alive?
I happen to like trashy novels and fantasy literature. They allow me to escape and relax. Right now my favorite author is Eileen Wilks.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
This one is easy, chocolate.
Favorite breakfast food?
Breakfast buffet with all the fixings, make-your-own omelets, potatoes, assorted pastries, the works.
Little known fact about you?
I am an obsessive double-checker.
What can’t you live without?
If you are talking about mild addictions, it would be coffee. However, in reality, it is my family—husband and two daughters. They are very supportive.
What advice would you like to leave off with for your fellow writers?
Practice doesn’t make perfect, but it makes you more experienced. With experience and time, you can imbue your writing with personality to make it compelling. One of the things that I have learned as an artist and a writer is that if I am interested in something, so are others. It is more effective to be myself with all of my eccentricities and quirks than try to be someone else.
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