Addy Robinson McCulloch is a freelance writer and editor whose clients include Pearson Education and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Her work has appeared in publications such as Redheaded Stepchild, 234journal, the Iodine Review, and Get Out of My Crotch: 21 Writers Respond to America’s War on Women’s Rights and Reproductive Health. A graduate of Duke University, Addy lives in southeastern NC.
Addy will lead a workshop at the North Carolina Writers' Network 2013 Fall Conference with Elizabeth King Humphreys titled "Editing Your Own Work: Much More than Grammar and Punctuation." Two professional editors will introduce the different levels of editing and discuss common weaknesses in manuscripts, including problems with voice, characterization, and writing style. Participants will walk away with a better idea of what to look for when editing their own work, including a self-editing “checklist” and information about affordable, reliable resources.
What are you reading right now?
Feminist blogs, contemporary poetry.
If you could have a torrid but guilt-free affair with a fictional character, who would it be?
What aspect of craft do you feel you handle especially well, or is especially important to you?
The hook. It’s true for all types of writing—the hook is the invitation to the reader to “come in and sit a spell.”
Any memorable rejections?
Not recently, but I’m expecting one any day.
Do you own an electronic reading device?
Yes, but I find little to recommend them other than the ability to increase the font size.
What’s one thing that bugs you more than anything else when you see it in a piece of writing?
Doubling up on of prepositions. I’ve noticed a lot of that recently.
Do you steal pens from hotels?
If you could be a different author, living or dead, who would you be?
As long as it’s only for a day, I’d like to be either Agatha Christie or T. S. Eliot.
Do you write to discover, or do you write point-to-point (for example, from an outline)?
I write to communicate.
The Cape Fear Coast is a hotbed for the film industry. In your opinion, what has been the best book-to-screen adaptation?
To Kill a Mockingbird; close second, Murder on the Orient Express (Sidney Lumet version).
What was the worst?
There are so many….
What’s one piece of advice no one gave you when you were starting out, that you wished they had?
Not sure. I know the best piece of advice I received was to “Read more.”
Please fill in the blank:
I have read ALL of the Harry Potter books.
Registration for the North Carolina Writers' Network 2013 Fall Conference is now open.