A freelancer for 39 years, Harriet Hodgson is the author of thousands of articles and 44 books. She loves writing so much she even writes in her sleep! Her work focuses on a variety of topics: nutrition, sexual harassment, Alzheimer's disease, aging, grief reconciliation/recovery, and caregiving.
We asked Harriet 10 questions that we the readers would love to know. She was kind enough to answer these. So let's get to know Harriet a bit more!
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
When I was about 8 or 9 years old and handmade books for friends. (Now that is a GIFT)
How long does it take you to write a book?
I worked on one book for a dozen years and just wrote a book in a week.
What is your work schedule like when you are writing?
I start early, around 5 a.m., write all morning, and revise in the afternoon.
What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?
I love writing so much I write in my sleep. When I wake up, I immediately go to the computer and make corrections or new copy.
Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
Most of my books come from my life and have lengthy resource lists. As a nonfiction writer, I am always in research mode.
When did you write your first book? 1979
What do you like to do when you are not writing?
I do Japanese Enso painting (circles), Doodle Art (I illustrated my latest book), read a variety of books, and cook.
What does your family think of your writing?
My husband is my biggest fan. All family members think of me as an experienced author. Today, I’m the author of 42 published books.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
I learned I am stronger than I realized. (I love this so much!)
Which book, that you have written, is your favorite?
I have many favorites, including Affirmations for Family Caregivers, So, You’re Raising Your Grandkids!, The Grandma Force, and my two forthcoming books, Ready, Set, Lead! and Grief Doodling: Bringing Back Your Smiles.