Interview with Elizabeth Witbeck

What do your fans mean to you?
Everything! My fans are the ones who read my books and support me. Thank you!
What are you working on next?
There may or may not be a sequel to my memoir...
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I started writing in fifth grade. My first story was called Billy Bear's Birthday, it was a book I wrote for school about a bear. Named Billy. And his birthday. I later wrote an entire series about him trying out for the soccer team, and going to camp... the rest is history!
What is your writing process?
Back in the day when I first started writing, I didn't have a computer so I wrote everything by hand. I still write all of my books by hand first, then transcribe them into the computer when I'm finished.
What do you read for pleasure?
I like all types of non-fiction books: memoirs, personal development and self improvement books, business and marketing, cooking, inspirational books, religion, travel.

I basically never read fiction. I don't find any pleasure in reading about things that never existed.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Word of mouth!
Describe your desk
Hahaha.... cluttered mess of chaos!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in several different towns all around upstate New York. I've lived in more than 25 different places in my life. In my memoir I discuss how living in lots of places affected my life and how writing was comforting.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I've always wanted to write my memoir. I am a very private person, and growing up I didn't really let people know what was going on in my life. I've finally decided that it's time to let people in and discuss things that happened. So the things that I talk about in this book, these are things that nobody knows about, not even my best friends or family members. I'm very excited about it.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Being able to create something that is valuable for other people.
Published 2013-11-02.
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Books by This Author

Raising Ruckus: The Decline of Public Education in the 21st Century
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 20,410. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » History » American, Nonfiction » Parenting » Childhood development
What is the purpose of education? Why did we create a national school system? The answers are a lot darker than you think. Before we can solve the problems in schools today, we must consider how schools were first started. Witbeck takes the reader back in time to the Industrial Revolution to discover what our schools are really for, the hidden agenda of education, and how it can be stopped.
Naming Your Newborn: What Every Parent Needs to Know about Baby Names... and More!
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 17,490. Language: English. Published: November 22, 2010. Categories: Nonfiction » Parenting » Baby names
You're about to learn secrets that very few parents ever learn about baby names. Naming Your Newborn is an enlightened guide to baby naming. Expert Elle Witbeck takes you on a 40 week journey, delivering a new, must-have, never-before-seen tip each week. A must read for any parent!