Have pen, will write

During the writing process, her biggest challenge was working with a computer since she isn't as technologically inclined.

"I am not computer savvy. I type probably letter by letter," she said. "If I was better on the computer, I feel like I would be whipping out my stories a heck of a lot quicker than I am."

She said she has already started on her second book and is excited to start the journey again.

Slingerland had some advice for aspiring writers as they tackle their dream: "I think that the most important thing is that they take great pride in what they are doing and be diligent. You need to have a little bit of a savings put aside to be able to pursue a dream. Learn about self publishing, and don't be discouraged when a lot of people out there don't want to read or critique something a self-publisher has been successful accomplishing."

Slingerland's first book signing was held at the Glenville Hill Fire Department on Wednesday, Jan. 19, but her second book signing will take place at Roman Villa Restaurant in Rotterdam on Tuesday, Feb. 15.

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