Meet Bobbi Carducci, vice president of Pennwriters, a writing coach, caregiver advocate and author of Confessions of an Imperfect Caregiver and The Imperfect Caregiver blog.
If you had a time machine, where and when would you be right now?
It is 2018 at the academy awards. I’m accepting an Oscar as the screenwriter for the best adapted screenplay. It will be based on my book about being a caregiver.
What advice would you give your younger self?
You are not too skinny. You are not backward, you are an introvert. Freckles are lovely. Having your nose stuck in a book all the time is preparing you for a wonderful future.
What is your favorite resource for writers?
Reading is the best resource there is. The writing of others, good or bad, is a constant education in what works and what doesn’t. When I come across a line that makes me pause and think, “I want to write like that,” I study it for a long time and emulate it when I can. If I find a line that pulls me out of the story, I analyze why it doesn’t work and rewrite it a number of times until I find a way to fix it.
What has been the most satisfying aspect of your literary career?
Being part of the writing community and having friends who understand my world. Seeing my byline for the first time is right up there too.
What is your favorite tip for writers?
Write when the words and characters speak to you and ignore the rest of the advice.
What is the most challenging aspect of your work?
Marketing will always be difficult for me. I am not comfortable with any part of that aspect.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you take with you?
My husband, Mike, is an absolute must. As many books as possible is second and the makings of a lot perfect martinis is third. All my lovely shoes will be floating on the ocean and I’ll have to drown my sorrows.
If you could ask a sage any question, what would you ask?
How do we eliminate greed, the most destructive characteristic in humans?
Tell me about a project or accomplishment that you consider to be the most significant in your career.
Having Confessions of an Imperfect Caregiver published and having caregivers reach out to me to say thank you for telling it like it really is. The book and becoming a caregiver support group leader led to the creation of my Prepare to Care program of speaking engagements at schools, civic groups, caregiver conferences and corporate events titled, Prepare to Care – What Adult Children Need to Know About Alzheimer’s/Dementia Before & After It Strikes Home. A book is powerful tool for reaching a lot of people and this one has changed my life in many ways.
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