Boo! It's Halloween, what better time to introduce you to Ghostwriter Laura Sherman! I recently had the opportunity to talk with Laura about ghostwriting, chess and her upcoming projects. So sit back, grab some candy corn and meet Laura the Friendly Ghostwriter:
What's it like to be a ghostwriter?
As a ghostwriter I get to step into the shoes of my client. It is an amazing
experience! Ghostwriters get to learn a lot about many areas. I write fiction and
nonfiction. Both require research and interviewing. Sometimes I
land a job where I am already an expert in the field, but more typically I'm
learning from scratch.
What is the best part about ghostwriting?
I like helping my clients make their dream a reality. So many people really
want to have their books in print, but don't know how to write (or don't
have the time to write). I help them realize their goal. That is a powerful
Since most clients don't know what to do with a finished manuscript, I often
help them find a publishing option and then work with them to market their
You have two books coming out shortly, Chess is Child's Play and Joshua's
Missing Peace. Let's talk chess first.
Chess Is Child'sPlay is a book that I wrote with Bill Kilpatrick. It is
based on my experience teaching young children to play chess. When I had my
own children I realized that I could teach them early. Very early!
I taught my son to play chess at age four and I went on to teach his
classmates. I then founded Your Chess Coach and began teaching 30-50
children of all ages a semester to play.
Bill and I then took these techniques and put them down in a very easy to
understand way, so that any parent, of any skill level could teach their
young child. Even parents who have never seen a chess set can learn to play
and teach their children through Chess Is Child's Play.
My hope is to get many families teaching their children, before they start
school, giving them the amazing life benefits you get from learning chess.
It is also my dream to see every school teach chess at least once a week, as
part of the math program.
If schools did this we'd see a rise in the IQ of our next generation. You'd
also see increased self-confidence, patience, focus and a host of other
You must be quite a chess player!
I studied chess for many years, playing in tournaments around the country. My highest national rating gave me the honor of being the top 35th woman player in the US.
Joshua's Missing Peace is a book you are co-authoring. Can you tell me about
Joshua's Missing Peace is a true story that I ghostwrote with Lori Suthar.
Her six-year-old son had been misdiagnosed and put on heavy psychiatric
drugs. These drugs made everything worse.
Lori, being the dedicated mother she is, searched for answers. She finally
discovered that her son had an extreme version of strep throat called Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections (PANDAS). Once she got the proper treatment (which started with antibiotics), she noticed an immediate change.
Joshua is doing well now and is eager to tell his story so that other
children don't have to suffer what he went through.
When Lori approached me to write her story I was thrilled. This book will
save lives. Most people know someone who probably suffers from PANDAS and it has a cure.
What turns Laura on?
What turns me on his helping people. I love to help others! I am often asked
how to break into ghostwriting, so I recently expanded my business to offer
coaching. I not only coach on writing, but on the business end.
I want to encourage writers to write!
For more information about Laura, her services, her upcoming books and PANDAS, click on the links throughout the text.