RothIrene S. Roth is an academic and freelance writer for teens, tweens and kids. She has written over 500 book reviews and 1,000 online articles on different topics for teens, tweens, and about the craft of writing. She also teaches workshops on writing and craft at Savvy Authors. She lives in Stratford, Ontario with her husband and cat. Visit her at https://irenesroth.wordpress.com/

ABOUT HER BOOK

In Seasons of Empowerment for Adolescent Girls, Ms. Roth argues that there are four seasons of empowerment for adolescent girls. Sadly no adolescent girl can simply wake up one day, snap her fingers, and be empowered to tackle the world and all the forces that exist inside and outside. Becoming empowered to be who we are can be truly difficult. This book consists of a step-by-step guide to help adolescent girls achieve self-improvement.

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Welcome to BloggerNews, Irene! When did you decide you wanted to become an author?

I have been writing since I was a teen.  I decided to be an author very early in life, despite the fact that it didn’t happen until I was in my mid-thirties.

Do you have another job besides writing?

Yes, I also teach and research.

Were you an avid reader as a child? What type of books did you enjoy reading? 

I was a very avid child reading very widely. I read in so many different genres that it would take many pages to list them all here.  But I started reading Plato when I was 9 and 10 years old.

Tell us a bit about your latest book, and what inspired you to write it.

In this book, I argue that there are four seasons of empowerment for adolescent girls. Sadly, no adolescent girl can simply wake up one day, snap her fingers, and be empowered to tackle the world and all the forces that exist inside and outside. Become empowered to be who we are can be truly difficult. Becoming empowered to be who we are can be truly difficult. This book consists of a step-by-step guide to help adolescent girls achieve self-empowerment.

With this book, I want to inspire adolescent girls to get on the path of self-empowerment that will make the stronger and much more able to deal with the difficult years of adolescence.

How would you describe your creative process while writing this book? Was it stream-of-consciousness writing, or did you first write an outline?

I always write an outline for all of my books, and this one was no different. I am not a panster.

Did your book require a lot of research?

Seasons of AdolescentsYes, I was reading for many years and talking to teens before this book came together.

What will the reader learn after reading your book? 

With this book, I want to inspire adolescent girls to get on the path of self-empowerment that will make the stronger and much more able to deal with the difficult years of adolescence.

What type of writer are you—the one who experiences before writing, like Hemingway, or the one who mostly daydreams and fantasizes? 

I am the type of writer who likes to sit down and experience as I am writing. Then I can really get into the flow of writing.

Agatha Christie got her best ideas while eating green apples in the bathtub. Steven Spielberg says he gets his best ideas while driving on the highway. When do you get your best ideas and why do you think this is?

I get my best ideas when I am beside a large body of water. There is something about water that is relaxing and absolutely inspiring to me. I feel like life comes together and I get the best ideas at that time.

Describe your working environment.

My working environment is quiet and very inviting. I have plants and scented candles. The room is painted in my favorite colors and my curtains are beautiful.  I also leave my worries outside my office as well as phones and other distractions and stressors.

They say authors have immensely fragile egos… How would you handle negative criticism or a negative review?

I try not to focus on the negative but on the positive gems and the lessons to be learned. And it took me a few years to do this. But now I feel much more capable of handling criticism.

As a writer, what scares you the most?

What scares me the most is publishing something that is not of good quality. So, I make sure that what I publish is of the best quality.

When writing, what themes do you feel passionate about?

I love psychological and philosophical themes the most.  I also write about themes with religious overtones.

Are you a disciplined writer?  

Yes, I am a disciplined writer. I write for four to six hours most days, except weekends.

How do you divide your time between taking care of a home and children, and writing? Do you plan your writing sessions in advance?

I always schedule my writing time. I write first thing in the morning, and a part of the afternoon. So, my writing doesn’t usually interfere with other things.

What is your opinion about critique groups? What words of advice would you offer a novice writer who is joining one? Do you think the wrong critique group can ‘crush’ a fledgling writer?

I would say never stay in a critique group that makes you feel worse than you were when you got into the group.  Always follow your gut and if you feel that you group is always overcritical, you should find a more positive group.

What is the best writing advice you’ve ever received?

Never quit!

Do you have a website/blog where readers may learn more about you and your work?

Yes, my website it at: https://irenesroth.wordpress.com/

As an author, what is your greatest reward? 

Doing what I love every day and being a lifelong learner.

Anything else you’d like to say about yourself or your work?

Never quit on your dreams of becoming a writer. You will never know how good it is until you try writing and become an author.

 

 

 

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