Member Spotlights Member Spotlight: Kathleen Long Bostrom June 2, 2023 Share on Twitter (opens in a new tab) on Facebook (opens in a new tab) on Linkedin (opens in a new tab) via email Why is writing important to you and why do you think it’s an important medium for the world? I grew up with the old saying, “Sticks and stones can break my bones but words will never hurt me.” Words can hurt, and often do, more powerfully than sticks and stones. Words can also heal, mend spirits, bring joy. Words should be chosen and used carefully, for they hold great power. I am a preacher and author, so words both written and spoken are a significant part of y life and vocation. I strive to choose words wisely, to use words for good, and to teach. I am careful about the words I use in my books and search for words that will delight and inspire. I love to help others discover the wonder of words. Writing fills my soul, and I hope my words do the same for others. What are your tried and tested remedies to cure writer’s block? I walk the beach, swim, play with my dog, go out with a friend. I don’t often get writer’s block as there are stories constantly nudging my brain, hoping to find their way into the world. And sometimes, I simply have to sit down at my desk and start putting words on a page. I don’t mind editing, so I feel less stressed once I at least have words on a page. What is your favorite time to write? Morning, after reading and a cup of tea and a good snuggle with the puppy. After that, I’m eager to sit down at my desk and get going! What’s the best piece of writing advice you’ve ever received and would like to impart to other writers? Anne Lamont said, “Butt in chair.” Great advice. Writers can’t always wait for inspiration. In addition, write what you love, what brings you joy; write the stories that keep poking you in the ribs, wanting to be noticed. If a story isn’t working, put it away and let it marinate. Several of my recent, published books are ones that sat in my filing cabinet for years, waiting to be born at just the right time. What excites you most about being a writer in today’s age? I’m thrilled that more and more people whose voices have been silenced are now writing their stories, sharing their gifts. I see the value of good books and stories to heal brokenness. I hope that my books can help to do just that. Kathleen Long Bostrom’s Since the Baby Came: A Sibling’s Learning-to-Love Story in 16 Poems, illustrated by Janet Samuel, is out now by WaterBrook.