Meet Ramona DeFelice Long, author, editor, online writing instructor, and longtime Pennwriter.
If you could meet anyone in the world dead or alive who would it be and what would you say to them?
If I could meet anyone in the world, it would be JK Rowling. As a writer, I would thank her for writing a series that changed the landscape of publishing for authors for young people and touched readers of all ages. As a parent, I would tell her that it meant the world to my young son that, after he wrote a fan letter to her, she wrote back! As a woman, I would tell her I admire her openness about the difficult periods of her life and that helps struggling women through her charitable works and support.
What advice would you give your younger self?
Break more rules! Being obedient is good on the one hand, but playing too safe for too long can make life dull.
What is your favorite resource for writers?
Since I just completed a project to submit 40 pieces of writing in 40 days, I would have to say Newpages.com was a tremendous help.
What has been the most satisfying aspect of your literary career?
I have written a number of pieces, fiction and creative nonfiction, based on the history and culture of my ancestors, the Acadians (aka Cajuns). As a unique population whose lifestyle and language are slowly being assimilated into English/American, the Acadians’ place in history will be lost if today’s Acadians don’t write and share it. So, I write and share it and take great joy in doing my part to keep the stories alive.
What is your favorite tip for writers?
Write every day, at your most creative time of day. For me, that’s early in the morning. For other people, it’s late at night. If you can ID the time when your creative flow is at its peak, try to write at that time every day until it becomes part of your daily routine.
What is the most challenging aspect of your work?
Finding balance between my writing time and editing time.
Tell us about a project or accomplishment that you consider to be the most significant in your career.
In 2016, I was awarded a Masters Fellowship in Fiction from the Delaware Division of the Arts. The award was based on writing, publication, and dedication to the Delaware writing community. I was honored by this acknowledgement and hold my adopted state close to my heart.
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