Portrait of an Adoption

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Carrie Goldman is the author of Bullied: What Every Parent, Teacher, and Kid Needs to Know About Ending the Cycle of Fear (Harper Collins, 2012).

Goldman blogs regularly for the Huffington Post, ChicagoNow, Psychology Today and...

Carrie is a winner of Top 25 Book Author Moms - 2012

What tips would you give a mom who wants to write a book?

Persevere! Writing a book can feel very daunting, but once you sit down and actually start to do it, the process will come together. Just take it one paragraph, one page, one chapter at a time. If you get one good page written a day, then celebrate that.

How do you balance writing and motherhood?

It is very hard. I actually found balancing the writing of the book easier than I am finding balancing the post-publishing demands! During the writing, I could set my own schedule, and I often wrote late at night. I scheduled all my research interviews during my baby's nap. Now that the book is out, I have to constantly arrange childcare to do book-related media and speaking, and that has been hard on the family. But we make sure to find time together every night that I'm home, and the weekends are sacred.

Where do you find writing inspiration?

I find inspiration from the experiences of my family, my friends, and increasingly, from the readers of my blog who send me their stories. I am working on a second book now, and the characters are an amalgam of people I interviewed for my first book.