“Organize. Organize. Organize.” is the mantra of Taryn Simpson, tremendously successful ghostwriter, author, and freelance writer. And visitors to Simpson’s website are immediately bombarded with information on how to be a better writer.
Recently I caught up with Taryn Simpson and dared to ask the powerful question, what is the secret of your success?
First and foremost, I was blessed with the personality trait that most people find to be negative. I’m incredibly stubborn. “NO” is not in my vocabulary when it comes to writing and I think that negative trait has become one of my most positive traits.
Do you have a typical writing day? If so, describe it.
My typical day starts early. I spend probably most of the morning going through emails, blogging for other writing sites in addition to Suzanne Lieurance’s blog and my own. Then, in the afternoon I write for clients. Whether it be writing novels or articles. Late in the evening, I update my spreadsheet of hours spent on each client’s work and continue monitoring my emails and trying to market myself. Believe me, they are numerous!
What is your most difficult challenge in writing? Do you have one?
I’m in the midst of it now. I’ve never ghostwritten a book for a motivational speaker before and maintaining a certain level of energy when writing it is a challenge. Fiction, Non-Fiction etc. is really easy for me. In fact, I find most types of writing is very easy for me including writing academic papers.
Do you have a family? Live with pets? Are they supportive? Do they have names? What or who inspires you?
I live with my partner of 9 years and our furry children which includes: My beloved, fat and old yet very sweet Beagle, “Baby”, a black calico Named “Weezy” and a grey calico named “Rosie”. Rosie and Baby are sweet on each other and often cuddle together. Yes, my partner is very supportive of my writing and even looks for projects for me! What inspires me? People that overcome the odds. That’s why I wrote “Missing My Body” for Jason Walker. He deals with being a quadriplegic in such a positive way. I’m in awe of him.
How has living where you live influenced your writing? Where do your ideas come from? How do you meet your clients?
Interesting questions….The only time I noticed a direct link to my geographic growing up years in my writing was when I wrote my book, “The Underbelly of the HR Professional”. Southerners have a TON of expressions that are hilarious. My grandmother’s speech was littered with these crazy sayings and I made a real effort to remember them. For example, when I was describing my former HR manager, I described her as a Scarlett O’Hara type. Some of her speech included: “Is that South in your Mouth?”, “I’m as nervous as a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs”, “I’m busier than a one-legged man in a butt-kicking contest!”. and so on and so on. I have alot more, but they are a bit risque!
Where do my ideas come from?
For writing my own books – It usually involves writing about subjects I’m interested in. Mental illness has always fascinated me….I don’t know why, but it does. So, I wove my book, “Glittering Secrets” around it. For other’s books: Honestly, I just have a wild imagination! I love writing Fiction because there is so much freedom allowed.
My clients usually come to me as referrals (Thank you Yvonne Perry, Linda Woods and Anita Smock!). I’m very blessed to have these ladies pitching me leads constantly! I usually just introduce myself via email and send links to my online presskit and books. After that, I usually get the job.
Please share with us information about your most recent announcement “Glittering Secrets Film”. How exciting! Tell us anything everything and more.
Thanks for the plug! I was notified yesterday that some executive producers are interested in producing my book into film! My contact just got a job with these same producers doing another film that is similar to the genre of Glittering Secrets. The budget is set for $5 Million dollars for the other film, so I’m hoping that correlates over to my film! They are in negotiations with Morgan Freeman and they are hoping he can convince Ashley Judd to star in GS. She is the actress I envisioned when I wrote it. Since the setting is in Nashville, it just makes sense (she lives in Nashville, TN). Ashley and I IM’d and emailed each other for quite awhile about it, but at that time, I didn’t have funding interest and her agent prefers that everything go through the agency and not Ashley. But, as stubborn and determined as I am, I went straight to the source! I even had a friend of mine that is an actor attend an acting function and give her the book. I tend to be pretty relentless when I believe in something like this. We’ll see……when this does come to fruition, she will probably meet me and say, “Oh my God, you are stubborn!!!!” Thank God for my stubborness. Stay tuned!
At what age did you first begin writing? Can you expand on that?
Oh gosh…..at a young age. I think I was 10 or maybe younger. I used to write journals (pre-blogging!) and when I turned a year older every birthday, I wrote about things I had learned during my 10th year, 11th year and so on up to 18th year. I also wrote about dissapointments, friends, and just things I experienced and how it was shaping my life. As you can tell, I was a very analytical and precocious child! My very first writing influence was Laura Ingalls Wilder. Reading those books at a young age really defined my writing. LIW was a master of creating and building her characters. You knew what they looked like, if they had distinguishing habits, a particular walking gait etc, etc. If I could have a dinner party with anyone past or present, she would be one of the attendees.
Do you have a favorite writing tip?
If you are writing a book or article etc., you have to engage the reader from the first sentence. Otherwise, if they are like me, they will move on until they find one that will.
You can learn more about this top-notch ghostwriter at http://www.Taryn-Simpson.blogspot.com