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Nancy Freund is a writer, editor, speaker, prior English teacher, and mentor. Born in New York, raised in Kansas City, and educated in Los Angeles, she was married in England, and today lives in French-speaking Switzerland. She is the author of Foreword Reviews finalist for Book of the Year in General Fiction and Category Finalist for the Eric Hoffer Prize 'Rapeseed,' (Gobreau Press, 2013) 'Global Home Cooking: International Families' Favorite Recipes' which earned the Eric Hoffer Prize Honorable Mention (2014), and 'Mailbox: A Scattershot Novel of Racing, Dares and Danger, Occasional Nakedness, and Faith' (2015), an INDIEFAB finalist for YA Book of the Year, and Writer's Digest Middle-Grade/Young Adult Honorable Mention. Her novel 'Effort ...more

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Nancy Freund My answer is cheating. This is both impossible to answer and the easiest thing in the world to answer. Neither and both. It is and it isn't. The best …moreMy answer is cheating. This is both impossible to answer and the easiest thing in the world to answer. Neither and both. It is and it isn't. The best thing about being a writer is that every single day, anything can happen. On the page, you can go any direction you want. You can make two mild-mannered, timid people go nuts, rip off their clothes and leap around in a public fountain singing, if you feel like it. Obviously, that might not fit your story, but if you decide that very scene IS essential to your story, you can revise accordingly, until it fits. You have a modicum of control, on every page, and at the same time, you have a sense that we writers, we human beings, are NOT in control at all. Why would I want two timid people to leap around in a fountain, anyway? I don't know -- but suddenly, I just do. The universe is not mine to understand. I accept that.
That's the answer to the actual BEING a writer part. But living life in the big world as a writer is wonderful in the same way. I've only been a published writer for a few years, and I honestly can't count the number of amazing, fascinating conversations and experiences I've had with people I've encountered (new friends and old), as a direct result of my writing. Stuff that's seriously blown me away. I would love to be more articulate about this magic now, but I think when something's truly overwhelming, it remains elusive and un-pindownable. That's what I love most about being a writer... how it can (often!) be so awesome that I become terrible at it. Like a novice all over again, every day, with a whole bright, beautiful future ahead, if I'm lucky.(less)
Nancy Freund Write through it. Write stuff and nonsense, repetitions, song lyrics, head-clearing records of the day's activities, conversations you've had, convers…moreWrite through it. Write stuff and nonsense, repetitions, song lyrics, head-clearing records of the day's activities, conversations you've had, conversations as you wished you had them, all that stuff again, but for your protagonist. Tell yourself you are practicing your keyboarding skills or enjoying your new fountain pen. None of those exercises is a waste of time. Good stuff surfaces. Own some really big file cabinets.(less)
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Incroyable: Richard Russo and Crew in Switzerland


I am just home from the most unexpected three-day experience in Switzerland – sixteen years of living in this country – I’ve never seen anything quite like it. A literary festival featuring American writers in Oron-la-Ville – not far from Savigny, a rural area where I take my dog to stay when I travel. We are now a couple of hours, depending on traffic, from Geneva. To be exact: L’Amerique

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“I would much rather be with a person who raises their voice but isn't mad than someone who's really mad but stays quiet. You never know what's going on with a person like that. You only know eventually that person's going to explode.”
Nancy Freund, Mailbox: A Scattershot Novel of Racing, Dares and Danger, Occasional Nakedness, and Faith

“You're at a tricky age. Is it your parent's presence or your parent's absence that's more empowering? I'm no expert. I went from catching fireflies at your age to... well, adulthood.”
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“A boy starts with bravado, and then he grows into real bravery." -- Nancy Freund, Rapeseed”
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