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Hi Tommy!

I'm not sure if I'm a member. I paid $50 upfront. Can you see if I am or not?

My question: can you share the best advice you ever received to become such an amazing writer? And could you recommend your most favorite book on writing? Thank You!!

I'll actually be in transit on 9-15-22, returning from a trip to SSI! (I've been wondering if your childhood home is still there?)

Will there be a transcript of your talk?

Thank you!!

Wendy Gunn Irvine

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Really resonates with me. I’m a confirmed introvert. An introvert the way the Pope is Catholic. I crave quiet. I’m happiest sitting alone with a book and a glass of wine at twilight. But for 30 years I served as the Executive Director/CEO of a number prominent performing arts organizations. I was “on” almost constantly. Giving speeches. Mingling with donors at intermission. Hosting fundraising galas. Greeting patrons in the lobby. And backstage greeting some of the greatest artists of the era - Yitzhak Perlman, Renee Fleming, Wynton Marsalis, Diana Krall, Baryshnikov. At the end of the night I’d go home and collapse. I needed every possible moment to recharge. The world saw me as a charming extrovert. No one ever suspected the truth. I loved my work but it was so oddly against my nature. I think now that perhaps it gave me a critical balance and kept me from being either a hermit or a grandstander.

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Do you have a favorite quote?

What's your 'mantra'/guiding force?

Your favorite recent nonfiction book?

Favorite all time book(s)?

Best/Most unexpected experience?

Favorite interview?

Can I be president of your fan club?😁

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