By Johanna Willett
The Arizona Daily Star, Tucson
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Jennifer Spoelma never saw herself writing a book, but after she moved to Tucson, she found her passion for encouraging storytellers was going unused. In her first “Kickstarter funded” book “Tell It Well: How to Discover, Own and Share Your Story Well,” she wants to empower people to share personal stories of faith and life.
When Jennifer Spoelma decided to write a book last September, she took the plunge and told the world.
She figured that was the best way to make sure it got done.
“I had no idea how to write a book and didn’t know what I was getting myself into…” says Spoelma, 24. “At the start I told people, and I said, ‘Now I have to live up to it.'”
For a year, Spoelma waded the waters of book writing — researching, marketing, asking for feedback and staring at a blank screen. She squeezed her writing into the weekend hours and the moments before and after her full-time job as a product education strategist at Simpleview, Inc.
But she got it done.
In her first book “Tell It Well: How to Discover, Own and Share Your Story Well,” Spoelma wants to empower people to share personal stories of faith and life.
Her book becomes available on Amazon Thursday, Dec. 15 with a launch party following on Saturday, Dec. 17 in the Creative Tribe Workshop studio, 236 S. Scott Ave.
A fitting place, since it took a tribe.
Around the same time Spoelma started writing the book, she also started the Tuesdays Together meetup for creative entrepreneurs — a local chapter of the international organization the Rising Tide Society.
Not that she actually considered herself much of an entrepreneur at that time. She was a blogger with an idea for a book. That was all. Or so she thought.