Are You Afraid to Call Yourself a Writer? My Radio Interview at Doing What Works!

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Are you afraid you could never make a living by writing? Do you feel like an imposter when you call yourself a writer? In January I wrote a blog for (which I later updated and posted here) about my fear that I couldn’t make a living as a writer.

That’s a topic many of you have written about; I’m not the only person who has hesitated to follow a dream.

The best comment I received, though, was from one of my editing clients, author and nationally syndicated radio personality Maureen Anderson, who wrote, “I love [your] piece! Would you like to join me on the show to expand on it? It would be a fun way to get to know each other in a different format.”

An Hour to Talk About Myself?

Twist my arm, Maureen! I’d love to! was my first thought. Wait! What if I make a fool of myself? was my second thought.

But I agreed to do the interview because I’ve had so much fun working with Maureen on her upcoming book, The Willpower Workaround. I knew she wouldn’t let me go too far astray.

The resulting interview aired March 7 on iHeartRadio and on RadioAmerica. It is also available at iTunes and at Here’s a transcript of the introduction:

Introducing…my editor! Candace Johnson’s been a flight attendant and a real estate agent — two careers she loved and excelled at, by the way — on her way to making a living as a writer and editor and writing coach. Wondering whether to go back to school to get your degree after all? Think it’s silly to try to find work you love?

And here’s the interview:

I hope you’ll listen and let me know what you think! Maureen put me right at ease, and I had a great time and couldn’t believe how fast the time went!

Thanks for reading and listening, and I invite you to share your own story in the comments below about doing something you’re passionate about!


Candace Johnson is a professional freelance editor, proofreader, writer, ghostwriter, and writing coach who has worked with traditional publishers, self-published authors, and independent book packagers on nonfiction subjects ranging from memoirs to alternative medical treatments to self-help and on fiction ranging from romance to paranormal. As an editorial specialist, Candace is passionate about offering her clients the opportunity to take their work to the next level. She believes in maintaining an author’s unique voice while helping him or her create and polish every sentence to make it the best it can be. Learn more here, and follow her on FacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn.



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