Hi everyone! Lee Tobin McClain here, in another installment of “my writer friends.” Writing is known as a solitary profession, and yet it’s given me my dearest friends. Earlier this week I wrote about my friend
Felicia Mason over on the Love Inspired Authors’ Blog; today, I want to introduce you to one of the most inspiring authors I know, Sally Hobart Alexander.
Almost every week, Sally and I meet together in a writers’ group, often at her house. Each person reads aloud a section of a work in progress, and then the rest of us offer suggestions, feedback and criticism.
Sally is the only one who doesn’t read her work aloud; instead, she has another member of the group read for her, because she’s blind. Rather than making notes about people’s suggestions, she uses a recorder to keep track of others’ feedback. Despite the challenges caused by her visual and hearing impairments, Sally has built a very successful writing career and often visits schools to talk about her children’s books.
One of Sally’s goals is to educate other people about blindness. Her books have explored what it’s like to have a mother with a visual impairment (Mom Can’t See Me), have answered questions kids often ask her (Do You Remember the Color Blue?), and have showcased historical figures with disabilities (She Touched the World: Laura Bridgman: Deaf-Blind Pioneer). Lately she’s been working on a couple of projects about guide dogs, informative and poignant tributes to the canine companions that have helped her live an independent, active life.
I value Sally’s thoughtful feedback on my work and enjoy sharing weekly laughs–and sometimes tears–as we discuss writing, books, and life.
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