WILMINGTON, MA — Below are five quick questions with Wilmington writer Amber Kovach.
Kovach is a member of one of the Wilmington Memorial Library’s writing groups. Kovach contributed to the groups’ brand new anthology, “The Writers Next Door.”
A book launch event is taking place on Monday, August 20 at 7pm at the Wilmington Memorial Library. At the launch, the book’s writers will participate in a panel discussion and a book selling/signing. Refreshments will be served. All proceeds from book sales will be donated to Friends of the Library.
#1) What is the story you contributed to the anthology called? What is it about? Why did you write it?
I contributed Final, Finally, which is the intoduction to a longer piece about a woman whose husband has filed for divorce. I was inspired to write it after being told that a good way to recover from writer’s block is to write about something you know. Professionally, I am a family law attorney and I deal with divorcing individuals every day.
#2) Why did you join the library’s Writing Group? Do you find it beneficial?
I joined the library’s writing group a little over a year and a half ago. I found the writing group on the library’s website when I was just browsing for programs I may enjoy attending. I wrote a lot in high school and college. I’ve told myself over the years that I’d like to pick it up again. Once I joined the writer’s group I finally started writing again. It is so beneficial to have other people workshop my pieces. It also sets up deadlines, so I know if I want to submit something, I’ve got to get it done.
#3) Have you written anything else outside the group? Where can my readers find your other works?
I am hoping to submit Final, Finally to different forums for publishing once it’s complete. I have a few other novels in progress but nothing published yet.
#4) What advice would you give to other aspiring Wilmington writers?
The best advice I can give to other writers, and it’s been given to me often, is to write every day. Take time for yourself to write. That’s the only tried and true way to finish a piece of work and to keep the creative juices flowing. I would also recommend getting off your phone and reading more books in your genre. That’s helped inspire me.
#5) What are you looking forward to the most regarding the Book Launch Event on August 20?
This is the first thing I’ve ever formally published so I am very excited! I’m also very proud of my fellow writers and how hard everyone has worked to get this book published.
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