My name is Libby Sommer and I’m a Sydney writer. My first book, ‘My Year With Sammy’ was published by Ginninderra Press in December, 2015. It’s available as a paperback and an eBook.
I started to blog on WordPress in February this year as a way to communicate with other writers and readers and to share some of the things I’ve learnt . 32 of my short fictions have been published in literary journals in Australia and the U.S. I post one of these stories each fortnight on WordPress. Every other week I post something about the writing process. My tips concentrate on one aspect of the craft of creative writing.
My second book, ‘Tales of the Crystal Ballroom’ has been accepted for publication by Ginninderra Press and will come out later this year, or early next year. The stories are about some of the characters who dance in a fictional dance hall. My short story ‘At the Festival’ is published May 2016 in Quadrant. And I’m proud to say I’ve had a poem accepted for an anthology of Social Justice poems to be published by Ginninderra Press in July 2016 to celebrate their 20 year anniversary. Sorry for the shameless Self Promotion.
As I live and work alone, blogging is a way for me to connect with a community of like-minded people. Isolation is the bane of the home office worker. As a creative person, we need heaps of time and space alone and we work in a room all by ourselves, although my preference is to work with pen and paper in a cafe surrounded by other humans. We also need stimulation and social interaction.
My children are grown up and lead their own lives. My life mostly consists of reading and writing, working out at the gym, Yoga, coffees or lunch with friends, spending time with family, movies, long walks in nature, bush dancing (previously Ballroom and Latin American dancing). It’s a pretty good life, except for that damn problem of isolation.