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Interview Friday with SFC Assistant Fiction Editor Roxanne Werner

Roxanne Werner lives in New York State with her family and two cats. She is a member of SCBWI and Cliff House Writers. A winner of the Highlights Fiction contest, her magazine credits include Highlights, Know and Turtle, as well as many crafts, articles, and stories published online. Her adult works include two short stories, published in the Adams Media ‘Hero’ anthologies and writers articles for the Institute of Children’s Literature website. In her spare time she loves gardening, reading and writing. You can reach her at her website and


VS: I want to thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to be my guest here on The Writing Mama today Roxanne. I know we both have been writing for the past few years, but to start  and to let my readers get to you a bit better, here is the first question…

How many children do you have and what are their ages?


Roxanne: I have one son, James and he is going to be nineteen this summer.


VS: I can’t believe he’s that old already. Wow, how the time flies. Now as a mom, what do you do to help balance your writing life with your family life? I know your son and family are always first on your list.


Roxanne: I really didn’t have to do much juggling because I started writing for publication when Jim was fourteen. We had always read together and he was a supportive yet critical audience for me. He has a great ‘ear’ for writing. I’ve often told him he should think about becoming an editor or writer himself.


VS: Maybe one day he will follow in your footsteps. Okay, I know the answer to this one already, but for my readers…how long have you been writing?


Roxanne: I’ve written since I was in elementary school. I’ve always loved writing stories, but I didn’t try to write for publication until about five years ago.


VS: You know after all the years I’ve known you and manuscripts we’re shared, I’ve never really asked you what inspired you to write?


Roxanne: I actually started writing again as a hobby. I knew my son was growing up and I didn’t want to have ‘empty nest syndrome.’ I decided to take a writing course and chose the ICL correspondence course to get my feet wet.


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