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An Interview with Debut Author Judith Teitelman
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March 2019
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March 2019

Judith Teitelman has straddled the worlds of arts, literature, and business since she was a teenager and worked her first job as a salesperson at a B. Dalton/Pickwick Bookstore. Life’s journeys took her from bookstores to commercial fine art galleries to the nonprofit arts and cultural sector, in which she has worked as staff, consultant, and educator for more than three decades. Throughout this time, Teitelman continued her pursuit of all things literary. Guesthouse for Ganesha is her debut novel. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three beloved cats.

Check out this exclusive She Writes interview with Judith to learn more about her process, why no timeline is too long for pursuing your creative work and the moment she started to feel like a real writer.

Share your writing routine.

I don’t have a particular routine or process, i.e. I don’t commit to a certain time each day to write. Essentially, my process is to have no process. I write when I am inspired, and/or when I have a deadline or an assignment—self-imposed or otherwise.

Describe your writing style in three words.

Inventive, deliberate, and particular.

What is the first thing you can remember writing?

The alphabet. For a dedicated, life-long bookworm, it is strange that I had a terrible time learning to read. I attribute it to really disliking my first grade teacher and resisting learning anything from her. My second memory is a “graphic novel” I created when I was about six, called “Betty at Christmastime.”

When did you start to feel like a writer?

Most likely when my first professional article was published. I believe this was in 1993.

Was there something about the publishing experience that surprised you?

How dramatically it has changed in the 35+ years since I worked with books and bookstores. Most especially—and sadly—in regard to the fact that so few publishers are willing to take a chance on new writers and “different” stories.

What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

Hold fast to your vision and continue to persevere towards that vision. How long it might takes does not matter. Also, remain curious.

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