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An Exclusive Interview with Barbara McNally
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She Writes
April 2020
Written by
She Writes
April 2020

Today's interview comes from She Writes Press author Barbara McNally whose new book Four Faces of Femininity: Heroic Women Throughout History is available now.  

Share your writing routine.

Write drunk and edit sober.

What’s the first/worst job you ever had?

Writing children’s stories in 6th grade for younger students.  I was an editor at a young age correcting English essays.

Describe your writing style in three words.

Write drunk, edit sober. (oops that's four.)

What is the first thing you can remember writing?

Children’s stories when I was in 6th grade for first graders. 

When did you start to feel like a writer?

When I published my first book and got paid!

Was there something about the publishing experience that surprised you?

It takes longer and cost more.

What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

Just do it. Everyone has a story to tell, but few do. “There is no greater agony than holding an untold story inside you.” - Maya Angelou

What do you do to help develop your craft?

I’m active at Writer’s Ik and lead writing workshops.

Why is it important for women to share their stories?

Everyone has a story to tell and it not only connects us, but empowers us. “The bigness of the world is redemption. Despair compresses us into a small space, and a depression is literally a hollow in the ground. To dig deeper into the self, to go underground is sometimes necessary, but so is the other route of getting out of yourself, into the larger world, into the openness into which  you need not clutch your story and your troubles so tightly to your chest.” - Rebecca Solnit

What’s your favorite way to support other women writers?

I lead vision board, journaling classes and writers workshops. I have published Wounded Warrior, Wounded Wife, sharing the stories of caregivers. Bringing these women’s stories to life inspired me to write about more heroic women. SPA Day (Support, Purpose and Appreciation) gives women a chance to tell their stories. These women heal as they transform to overcome seeing themselves as victims to become the heroines of their life.

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