T. Waldmann-Williams, PhD
What’s your genre?
Poetry, research, and books
Are you published?
What inspired you to become a writer?
What inspires me to write? Questions. Poetry, particularly Haikus, have been a part of my writing for decades. I have published articles including my research focused on the syndrome I call Corporate Prisoner(TM). My first book for young readers is My Name is Dixie: Designer of the Iowa Flag, a creative non-fiction and journal. Other books coming. Interesting to note: adults have enjoyed the reflective questions as well as the history of the flag and Iowa. The art in my books are by noted artists including Jess Waldmann and Cindy Gordon. I am inspired to write because I know all change begins with new questions. I want to encourage everyone who reads my articles and books to consider where they are in their life’s journey and reconsider how they want that journey to continue and end because questions help me on my life’s journey too.
What author do you admire and how have they inspired your writing?
As an author, I admire Taylor Caldwell’s work. She inspires me because every sentence is meaningful and her books are impactful. I not only enjoy reading her books, I find them inspiring. She doesn’t seem to sacrifice her writing competency in favor of selling her books.
Name three of your favorite books and their authors
Prologue to Love by Taylor Caldwell
Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
Keys of the Kingdom by A.J. Cronin
What’s one thing readers should know about you?
I enjoy writings to reflect and lighter readings including, but not limited to, novelists, prose, poems, verse of Twain, Shakespeare, Rowling, Hemingway, Chekhov, Garcia Marquez, Young, Melville, D. Owens, Hugo, Dostoevsky, Plato, Socrates, Tolkien, Austen, Mann, Suckow, Loyola, Greenleaf, Whitman, Augustine, Dickens, Dumas, Camus, Barren, Hosseini, Tolstoy, etc. Other writings include Bible, U.S.A Constitution, and Federalist Papers. I love art in general as we need those who can lift us up.
What’s one piece of advice you would give to a budding writer?
Start, review, restart, review, restart, continue, and not get discouraged.
T. Waldmann-Williams, PhD believes that service to God, self, family, and others is of utmost importance. If you serve all of these than you serve your community, state, country, and world, which is why she joined Rotary. She was raised in Council Bluffs, graduating from St. Albert HS, College of St. Mary in Omaha, masters from University of Nebraska, and doctorate from Union Institute and University. She worked for AT&T, established TWW Consulting LLC in 1998, and was an undergraduate and masters adjunct. She’s lived in Iowa (three times), New York, New Jersey (twice), Nebraska, and now resides with her husband, Merrill Williams, in Knoxville (Marion County), Iowa, Sprint Car Capital of the World and home to Dixie Cornell Gebhardt. Visit her here.