Audrey is the true definition of an overcomer. She found a way to be successful in a world that she was never intended to thirve in. You do not want to miss this interview!
My name is Audrey J Snyder. I am retired from the corporate environment after working for 45+ years in the fields of human resource management and Customer Service. I’ve been an independent consultant specializing in online web-based training of diversity and interpersonal skills. I also taught at DeVry University as an Adjunct Professor. I have a BS in Business Communications and an MS in Professional Leadership.
I will be celebrating my 50th wedding anniversary this year. I have two children and three grandchildren. I live in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and enjoy traveling, music, writing, and exercising. I am retired now and spend my time traveling, writing, attending writing and critique groups, going to writing seminars, and writing retreats. In order words, I am working at my craft.
My Writing Journey:
I started journaling when I started working professionally. My mother died when I was four years old and later in life, I started a daily journal to let her know what I had done with my life. I thought that when we meet again, I would give her my journals so she would know what I have done with my life. Of course, I know she’s watching over me and already knows, but it was therapeutic for me.
My journals took on a more serious tone when I was denied fair treatment and opportunities at work. It was then that I decided to do a journal on a regular basis. It took 10 years because I was journaling as events were happening. It took a while for me to write my memoir because I was so angry that it was difficult to put the book in a perspective that others wanted to read. I hired a book coach who was helpful in helping me decide on a strategy for my book. It was then that I decided to write my memoir not only detailing my experiences but also the strategies I used to overcome the obstacles. It took me two years after I hired a coach to put everything together that included 12 years of constant struggle. I asked myself if I could be happy if I wasn’t successful, and the answer was No. Next, I had to decide what success meant to me. The answer was that success was achieving respect for the knowledge and experience I gained. Success was making sure when I was able to open the door for myself, I could make sure I left it open for others to follow. In my book, I stood by the old adage “Each One, Teach One. Success was having a happy family which I have and not betraying my beliefs along my journey.
I don’t have a favorite author but typically read in two genres. I love to read memoirs and have just finished Sonny Hostin’s book. “I am these truths.” I read all of Barack Obamas and Michelle Obama's books, as well as Valarie Jarret and Susan Rice, Hillary Clinton, and Mary Trump along with many more.
I also read books that are in the genre that I write. So, drama, romance, and suspense are my favorites. There is not one author that I follow in particular, but anything in that genre interests me. I especially like audiobooks. It’s wonderful when we travel not to lug a suitcase full of books. I remember doing that before audiobooks became so popular.
People with strong beliefs and strong morals inspire me. People who are positive and see the glass half full. I also find inspiration from those who are open to new ideas. I meditate which inspires me and helps to keep me strong and centered. I usually remove myself from people or situations that are steeped in negativity.
I belong to several writing and critique groups because I like to be around people who are proud of their craft and are willing to share information.
Typical Day as an Author:
Unfortunately, the only thing that is typical is my morning. I belong to a writing group that writes for an hour first thing in the morning at 6:00 am. It’s a writing sprint. Then some days I may continue for hours but then life and appointments happen, and I may not get back to writing until late afternoon or evening. No two days are the same.
I check social media throughout the day to keep up with my groups and information. With the Pandemic, I spend a lot of time in Zoom meetings to make sure I stay in touch with my writing partners.
My first book is my memoir entitled, “Worth the Climb.” It is my story of struggle and success in white-dominated corporate America. Leaving home at an early age, I moved from secretary to prominent business success in the face of racism and discrimination. Throughout my 45+-year struggle, I tell how I pushed away anger, bitterness, and despair, instead clinging to excellence, perseverance, and the need to open doors for Black Americans who would follow.
I wrote the book because I wanted to tell my story which is the story of so many in my generation. I hoped others could learn from what I went through. I detailed strategies that I used to overcome each obstacle that was put in front of me, hoping they can use that strategy, or maybe it will encourage them to persevere.
After writing such an emotional book, I wanted to write something fun and wanted to try my hand at fiction. I like to watch a good drama on tv or in the movies and decided to try and write a book with drama, suspense, and romance. My second book is entitled, “The Organization.” It is about a young reporter for a local newspaper who travels the world collecting information, artifacts, and samples always bringing back a package for her boss from an associate in whatever country she visited. What she didn’t rearealizelizes was that the package contained drugs, stolen art, or both. Desperate to stay out of jail, she relies on an old college friend who now works for the FBI and together they devise a plan to take down one of the biggest drug cartels in New Jersey.
I’m working on a sequel now to “The Organization.” My goal is to write five books.
1. Don’t give up.
2. Join a writing or critique group.
3. Learn as much as you can from those who are willing to share information.
4. Decide on a commitment you can make to write whether it’s an hour in the morning or a time in the evening.
5. Attend seminars and writing courses online that are helpful. Check reviews or from others though before signing up for one any seminar or course.
6. The most important thing is to prepare a budget. You don’t want to write that one special and not be able to afford to get it published. When I started writing, I put aside a small amount of money in a special account I opened for my writing.
7. Talk with a good tax accountant. As a writer, you are an independent contractor and there are deductions you can take advantage of.
8. Have fun.
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