It’s never too late to pursue your dreams! Hi, I’m Lillian Nader, a retired special education teacher turned author, playwright, and freelance copyeditor. I write haiku poems for fun, and I keep a dream journal for enlightenment. Ask Me Anything about writing or editing!
My career as a special education resource specialist in Southern California was fulfilling and meaningful. I learned diplomacy in working with parents and school administrators while meeting the challenges of individualized instruction for students with special needs. I didn’t have a lot of time for other pursuits due to the massive amount of lesson prep and paperwork involved in special education. However, I did publish some educational workbooks for local publishing companies in Southern California. But I wanted more.
Now retired, I have more time for creative writing and freelance editing. I’m involved with numerous social media and in person groups that are extremely helpful. The people in these groups are supportive and eager to share tips for success. One of the first things I learned from other writers was to create an author platform even before publishing. I created an author website as part of my platform, and I facilitate a Facebook group, Writers, for posts about the craft of writing. I am a member of several professional organizations including SCWA, Southern California Writer’s Association and SD/PEN, San Diego Professional Editors Network.
In 2016, I published my first novel for young readers, Theep and Thorpe: Adventures in Space. My artist friend, Angelo Divino, created drawings of two friendly-looking space beings. I knew I wanted to write about these characters the moment I saw them. First, I got the idea of their names. I decided to call them Theep and Thorpe because, in space, entities communicate via sound frequencies. Since humans cannot pronounce these frequencies, Theep and Thorpe were as close to the sounds as possible. I wrote about an encounter with Theep and Thorpe narrated by a troubled teen who is sent to reform school on their planet in the year 2160. The story involves telepathic communication, teamwork, and the power of one’s thoughts.
I am currently working on a musical comedy for the stage based on the mythical character, Pandora. Since it’s a work in progress, I am not at liberty to divulge more about the premise. It’s a project begun years ago in collaboration with a lyricist who is now deceased; I am updating the story and characters in keeping with current events. Concurrently, I am in the rough draft stage of another sci-fi novel with Theep and Thorpe and time travel.
My freelance copyediting projects usually come to me by referrals from writing groups and professional organizations. I edit nonfiction and fiction books. I was an English major in college, and I have an MA in education. Both creative writing and editing keep me up-to-date on the skills and craft of writing. My life is never boring!
Read more about my editing services and writing projects at https://lilliannader.com
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