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Member Spotlight: Sheri Koones

Why is writing important to you and why do you think it’s an important medium for the world? I really enjoy the process of researching, engaging with architects, builders, and homeowners, and discovering the best, energy-efficient, and sustainable housing available. This is an opportunity to help potential homeowners to build better more eco-friendly homes.

What are your tried and tested remedies to cure writer’s block? I have been lucky not to have writer’s block because as I research one book I am inspired for the next one through my research.

What is your favorite time to write? It’s important to me to be able to participate in other activities so I work whenever I can find the time. Often I work weekdays for 8 hours a day but other times I will work on the weekend or late into the night. I am very committed to my projects and even working on this sporadic schedule I have usually completed my books ahead of my deadline.

What’s the best piece of writing advice you’ve ever received and would like to impart to other writers? Don’t get discouraged and continue to forge ahead. Even when you get rejections, continue to work to get a contract. Also, don’t get involved in writing a book unless you are really committed to it. Writing a book is a great deal of work and you have to be really motivated to complete a project.

What excites you most about being a writer in today’s age? I am so excited that I’m able to help people build more efficient and comfortable homes while also helping them to build more eco-friendly ones. I have been writing about better methods of residential building through the 10 books that I’ve written and have been able to expose the newest and most exciting new developments as they have occurred.

Sheri Koones’s Bigger than Tiny, Smaller Than Average is out March 29 with ‎Gibbs Smith.