Five Questions for Writer Martha Woodroof

Wed Mar 9, 2016 at 10:32 AM

Small Blessings by Martha Woodroof book coverMartha Woodroof, local National Public Radio personality, will visit Blue Ridge on March 30-31, guest lecturing in several classes (English, personal wellness) and doing a book signing and reading from her debut novel, Small Blessings. The Houff Library will host the book signing/reading event on March 30, from 11 am to 1 pm. The public is invited.

What is the nicest compliment you’ve ever received about your writing?

That something I’ve written makes someone think about things in a new way. For me the whole point of writing is to share experiences with each other and so enlarge our viewpoints.

How do you overcome writer’s block (assuming you get it)?

Not sure what writer’s block is. I write every day almost without exception. Sure, some days are better than others, but all (so far, anyway!) have been enjoyable.

What advice do you have for people who are “terrified” by the thought of writing?

Stop it! Good writing starts with clear thinking and detailed imagining. There’s nothing inherently difficult about putting those two things down on the page.

Why do you believe in the power of words?

Absolutely.

Where do your story ideas begin?

My stories begin with an image of a certain person in a certain situation that somehow rocks their boat. That rocking boat is the engine that drives the narrative.