Episode 105: From Idea to Finished Book – Interview with Julie Zickefoose

by Gabriela Pereira
published in Podcast

Hey there Word Nerds! Today I’m talking to Julie Zickefoose, an artist and author of three books, the latest being Baby Birds: An Artist Looks into the Nest.

In the interview, we discuss how to turn your passion for a subject into a book (or something more), and how to keep up the motivation to pursue that passion, even when you’re not sure where it might lead.

In this episode Julie and I discuss:

  • Taking a wild idea from concept to concrete
  • Developing your skill set to enhance your work
  • Bringing your unique perspective to the subject
  • Relying on your passion to help you push through the project’s obstacles
  • Being open to the possibilities that come from the problems you face

Plus, Julie’s #1 tip for writers.

About the Author

BabyBirds-CoverImageIf you love nature writing, you’re going to love Julie’s latest book Baby Birds: An Artist Looks into the Nest. With her gorgeous watercolor artwork and written accounts following the first days of these hatchlings, it’s really quite a remarkable project. And if you order via the Amazon affiliate link above, DIY MFA gets a small commission at no cost to you. As always, thank you for supporting DIY MFA and our featured authors!

Writer/artist Julie Zickefoose, author of Baby Birds: An Artist Looks Into the Nest (2016), The Bluebird Effect (2012), and Letters from Eden (2006), is a Contributing Editor to Bird Watcher’s Digest and her blog entertains more than 32,000 visitors each month.

Julie loves to introduce people to birdwatching, and now leads natural history excursions abroad. She travels to speak for nature festivals, clubs and horticultural societies, and lives with her family on an 80-acre sanctuary in Appalachian Ohio. Indigo Hill has hosted 194 bird species and 78 species of butterflies as of 2016.

To learn more about Julie, her writing and her artwork, check out her website. You can also follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

Link to Episode 105

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