Sally Bacchetta

1) Tell us a bit about the pieces you have in Motherly Musings. What was the inspiration for your work, and do you have any comments or thoughts about your featured work that you would like to share with readers?

I am generally less inspired to write and more compelled to, and almost everything I write is born of a moment that changes me more abruptly or deeply or permanently than the other moments of the day.

My first piece in the book, The Adoption Exponent, came upon me when another mother said, "I'm sorry you never got to experience the joy of pregnancy." She wasn't the first, but something in her voice made me realize that some people really don't "get it," and I felt sorry that they don't know the profound joy of adopting.

My second piece, Birth Mothers Rock, is another adoptive parent piece. It was conceived in despair and evolved into an affirmation.

The Olden Days struck while I struggled to hoist my wiggling daughter into the seat basket of a grocery cart and disinfect every part of the cart I thought she might touch before she touched it, without dropping her, my list, my phone or my keys. A woman passed by, looked back, and smiled, and as I watched her walk away I saw myself as I used to be, pre-motherhood. Clean, loose hair and long, dangling earrings... short skirt, heeled sandals, fresh face... relaxed, unhurried, no agenda but her own. I remember myself like that, I thought, but my daughter only knows the pony tailed, spit up-stained, Mom-brained me. I wrote The Olden Days because "By the time you're curious about who I was before you were born, I may have forgotten, so this is for both of us..."

2) How long have you been writing and how did you get started?

I don't remember a time I didn't write. I suppose I started writing by reading, and then it seemed the only natural way to express myself.

3) In general, the pieces that appear in Motherly Musings are about parenting, mothers, or children. Does this theme permeate your other writing? What other themes and ideas influence your work?

Much of my personal writing is about parenting and adoption; I also write about relationships, nature, and other universal themes. My professional writing is client-driven and depending on the day may take the form of commentary, training, or promotion for biopharmaceuticals, private investigations, sales, financial services, health care, small business ownership, or any of a number of other industries.  

4) Are you working on any other writing projects at the moment?

I'm working on my second book - a collection of essays - and blogging when I have something to say and time to say it.  

5) What is your greatest challenge as writer?

My greatest challenge is being ready to write when time presents itself.  I schedule my professional writing time, but not my personal time. Sometimes I have a head full of ripe ideas and no time to do anything with them. At other times I unexpectedly have an opportunity to write and find myself hunting for Zingo tiles or taping torn pages back into books. When that happens I think, "Stop, Drop (whatever I'm doing), and Write!" I assume that time will be a challenge as long as my children are around, and it's a challenge I'm happy to have. 

6) What are you reading right now? (Don't be shy--Good Night Moon and People Magazine count! :-)

Right now I'm reading Charles Bukowski's Slouching Toward Nirvana for the umpteenth time, and I read the Wall Street Journal with my morning coffee - a privilege I fiercely defend. :)

7) Any final thoughts, advice, or comments you'd like to leave our readers

Thank you for letting me into your life. 

You can read more about and by Sally at The Adoptive Parent and her personal website.

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