1. When did you realise you wanted to write and how long was it before you took action to turn your dream into reality?
I realized I wanted to be a “writer” precisely on April 13, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. when my 83 year old mother invited me to speak to thirty seniors attending day programming about my work in storytelling and introduced me as, “This is my daughter Betty Jo and she is a… ah… writer?” Mom paused long, turned to me and said, “Would you say that is what you are… a writer?” In the moment I was mystified at the weirdness of it all, but weird continued to inform me and grew into personal significance. I have always been a writer and not once have I ever called myself one – until now. I am a writer.
2. What kind of writing do you do – or want to do – fiction, non-fiction, poetry … feel free to mention more than one?
I love to write slice of life stories that can be told in 3 – 5 minutes. I am growing a collection of women’s true stories called Pandora’s Daughters. Tell me your story and I will help you to find your true voice and shape your story so that others can hear. I also love to write about my experiences in the natural world and step into the other world of myth, fairy and folklore.
3. What inspires you most as a writer including any particular authors or books which have had a strong influence on you?
There are so many inspiring storytellers and writers who influence me. Top of mind are:
Alice Kane, The Dreamer Awakes
Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Women Who Run With the Wolves
Julia Cameron, The Artist’s Way
Natalie Goldberg, Writing Down the Bones
Paul Coelho, The Alchemist
4. What role does writing have in your work, your business and your life in general?
The biggest role that writing has in my work, business and life is that it calms my fears. It is medicine and adventure for my soul.
5. What are you most excited about working on right now?
I am most excited about expanding Pandora’s Daughters to tell stories about wise and wonderful girls in the world.
BJ McCabe is a Professional Speaker, Storyteller and Producer of Pandora’s Daughters. I am a lover of the old stories – wonder tales, fairy tales and myth. I am a writer by compulsion and I suppose also by choice. When I don’t write I feel cranky, so writing tends to improve me! In 2011, I produced Pandora’s Daughters and released a CD compilation of six women’s true tales of overcoming adversity with hope. It was important to me to preserve these women’s epic life stories with their real voices. Now, I am working on “the book”, feeding a blog and its promotion. Fortunately, I continue to meet fascinating women with important stories to tell so the book is getting thicker. For more shameless self promotion, visit www.pandorasdaughters.com and www.ideinrise.com.