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Inside A Successful Writer’s Imagination

May 9, 2013
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Christy Potter

Christy Potter is a Midwesterner who moved to New York almost 20 years ago – she calls herself a “displaced hayseed” – to pursue a career as a journalist and creative writer.

Her love of talking to people is second only to her love of writing. And all of that comes through in her book”The World is My Oyster But I Didn’t Know How to Cook.”

It’s a compendium of humorous and thought-provoking essays on New York, Kansas (where she’s from), childhood, books, infertility, good days, bad days, and life in general, as well as interviews she’s done with well-known writers like Janet Evanovich and Lois Lowry.

There are also a couple of short stories tossed in, just for a little variety.

Christy’s book is a diverse collection of the style and voice her longtime readers have come to know and love.

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The Indie Author Life

Someone asked Christy Potter at a recent booksigning if it’s at all scary to put her book out there for the world to read, knowing there are those who may not like it, and may not be shy about saying so.

In a recent blog post, Christy acknowledged:

In a word, yes.

I’ve always known that writing, at least in my world, is like dancing in front of the mirror. When I’m done, the only voice I hear saying either “What the hell was that supposed to be?” or “Wow, you are ah-MAZING!” is my own. Unlike a stage actor or a stand-up comedian, if my work elicits nothing but cricket sounds, I don’t know it. I’ve been a journalist for some 20 years, and during that time, I’ve had readers who weren’t hesitant to tell me an article stunk, or that they disagreed with my coverage of an issue. That’s entirely different. They were angry about the story itself – it wasn’t about me as a person.

But the book that a group of people carried out of my first book signing is about me as a person. It’s full of essays about my life, about my relationships, my struggle with infertility, growing older, self-awareness, family problems, weight problems, traffic and finances and cat hair. I’m not writing a story about the local city council race. I’m writing about me.

Read more at Christy’s blog here.

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