An Interview with Sande Boritz Berger
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February 2019
Contributor
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She Writes
February 2019

She Writes caught up with Sande Boritz Berger, author of the forthcoming novel Split-Level, to discuss her routine, advice for aspiring authors and her marketing tactics. 

Share your writing routine.

I have always been very flexible about when and where I write. Writing was a luxury I gave myself for years while I had a business and clients and deadlines.  I took writing workshops at night after a long train ride home but was often rejuvenated. Sometimes, I wrote late at night when the house was mouse-quiet with few interruptions. During the work day, I’d write in a park or diner. People used to stop and ask me: are you a teacher marking papers?

Describe your writing style in three words.

Satirical, humorous, edgy

What is the first thing you can remember writing?

Poems, dreams, and wishes scribbled between my rose-patterned bedroom wallpaper.

When did you start to feel like a writer?

When the people, other writers, and teachers were moved by something I’d written, and I’d heard my own words referenced in a classroom discussion.

Was there something about the publishing experience that surprised you?

How difficult it actually was to get published, the competition, and the amount of effort it took to shape the writing into its best possible form.

What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

Don’t give up. Even when you want to cry and the rejection feels personal, push the hell through. It will eventually happen.

What do you do to help develop your craft?

I’ve read and reread many wonderful books on writing.  At the age of 60, I enrolled in an M.F.A. program. I keep notes of subjects and plots that interest me for future projects.

What methods are you using to market your book?

Online marketing through Facebook and Twitter is helpful when using clever promotions. I try to write short essays and pertinent pieces that are related to the themes of my writing. I try to learn more about the subject matter so I always have an angle to write about.

More About Sande 

For as long as she can remember, libraries have been Sande Boritz Berger’s safe haven and books her greatest joy. After two decades as a scriptwriter and video producer for Fortune 500 companies, Sande returned to her other passion: writing fiction and nonfiction full-time. She completed an MFA in writing and literature at Stony Brook Southampton College, where she was awarded the Deborah Hecht Memorial prize for fiction. Her short stories have appeared inEpiphany, Tri-Quarterly, Confrontation, and The Southampton Review, as well as several anthologies, including Aunties: Thirty-Five Writers Celebrate Their Other Mother (Ballantine) and Ophelia’s Mom: Women Speak Out About Loving and Letting Go of Their Adolescent Daughters (Crown). She has written for the Huffington Post, Salon, and Psychology Today. Her debut novel, The Sweetness, was a Foreword Reviews IndieFab finalist for Book of the Year and was nominated for the Sophie Brody award from the ALA. Berger and her husband live in NYC and often escape to the quiet of Bridgehampton.

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