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Interview with SFC Copy Editor Cheryl Mansfield

Cheryl Mansfield, Copy Editor of SFC, still wishes she were still a kid. Since that isn't possible she plays with her imaginary friends by creating stories for young children to preteens. She is published in biographies for the educational market and is a member of SCBWI.
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Cheryl, I want to thank you for being my guest here on The Writing Mama today. I know being a parent and writer can be hard and I find myself asking if I giving my three children enough attention throughout the day. I am sure you have been in my shoes from time to time. So to start here is the first question…
What do you do to help balance your writing life with your family life?
I try to segment my time and make appointments for my writing. For instance, all my family and friends understand that on Saturdays I meet with writer friends to work for a few hours. It’s important to me and I treat it like a second job.
How long have you been writing?
Off and on my entire life, but professionally for about fifteen years.
What inspired you to write?
Writing is just something I have to do. Kids are complex. Kids are funny. Kids are generally awesome and I’m intrigued by their world. Maybe I don’t want to grow up. Also, I believe strongly that our future is based on the foundations we give kids today, so I’d like to have a little hand in that.
Now you are also a member of the SFC Team. Can you share with us a little about what you do?
As the Copy Editor, I am one of the last set of eyes to read the magazine before it goes to layout. I check for errors in spelling, grammar and facts.

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