Our host Sharon Beth interviews Laura Becker-Sherman, the Friendly Ghostwriter! When people ask me, “What do you do?” I answer, “I’m Laura the Friendly Ghostwriter!” No one thinks that’s boring. I love to write. Typically I am working on a few memoirs and a business book, while a novel or two bubble away on the burners. When helping someone write their memoirs I focus on the overall message of the book first. I will not take on a story that is doom and gloom, designed to depress the reader. I am interested in inspirational stories, which will uplift people. People can learn a lot from another person's life story. For nonfiction, I specialize in making complex subjects easy to understand. This involves researching a subject so well that I can then break it down and explain it to anyone with any background. When I write fiction, my novels are very dialogue driven. I find that when I develop my characters, all I need to do is sit back and listen to them. So I guess you can call me a stenographer. I did get a degree in Civil Engineering at Cal Poly Pomona and worked for the Department of Water and Power in LA. I also studied chess for many years, playing in tournaments around the country. My highest national rating gave me the honor of being the top 35th woman player in the US. In 2008 I founded Your Chess Coach with my husband, teaching children the wonders of chess. We have taught hundreds of children to play. I love working with very young kids, breaking down the basics so that they can play the game (often beating their parents). Chess Is Child’s Play – Teaching Techniques that Work came out in April 2012. I wrote this book with author Bill Kilpatick in order to give parents the tools to become private chess coaches for their children. The reviews have been spectacular, which is very rewarding. I’m a ghostwriting, author, chess coach and mother. Life is always an adventure!