Author talks writing your first book

WTNH– It only took Sandi Kahn Shelton 17 years to write her first book, but once she sold that there was no turning back.

She does a lot of writing at Starbucks where she is in the company of a lot of other folks writing. The former New Haven Register feature reporter is also a writing coach. She has great ideas for you about how to write your first book.

“I think that we all have stories and that the fear of getting it down, it’s not easy to sit there and wait for the words to come and to judge them as they’re coming. I’ve learned that if you just let yourself go, don’t judge what you’re doing, just let the creative spirit go, artists do this and musicians and photographers. I think everybody needs this, it’s like play and don’t judge it. Let it all out on the paper then go and look back. Don’t worry about the grammar either, I mean some people need to worry about grammar, because they can’t go on if they don’t and spelling they need that to be right before they can. But don’t let that be the thing that hangs you up. Just go and I also feel that everybody should write life’s story and write the things that have happened to them because only you can tell your story and when you’re gone, everybody can read about what happened exactly and we can’t all leave great sums of money to our kids, we can leave these stories that mean so much.” said Shelton.

Shelton has released her sixth book called “Until You Called Me.”

“It’s a story about a woman who was adopted and always wanted to find her birth parents and she’s obsessed with it. And finally she finds that she has a sister and both of them were given up for adoption, and she thinks she and her sister will go off together and find their mom,” said Shelton.

When asked if she has a best seller that she hasn’t written yet, Shelton said, “I wish I could write mysteries because I think that’s what people love to read.”

Shelton put together her first kid book at age 6 and sold it for 25 cents. That was enough to buy Popsicles. Her writing now can afford her plenty of frozen desserts.

To get a hold of Shelton for a writing workshops, email sandi@sandishelton.com or call 203-640-0396.

Also for her books, check out sandishelton.com.

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