Shirley Green – Author Interview

What is your most recent book? Tell us a bit about it.

Diary of A Lay Caregiver…this is in diary format (mainly) about the 20 years as primary caregiver for my Mother. Illustrating transitioning from Independent Living to Assisted Living to Nursing Home Living to Hospice Living

Tell us something about yourself.

Born and raised in the Denver metroplex, former police dispatcher, 25 years with major Telecommunications Company (Qwest/U S West/Mtn Bell) in which I wrote an article that appeared in a monthly Police Magazine (that has been so long ago do not remember the name of the magazine, the article was on bomb investigations). During my long tenure with Q-West/U S West/Mtn Bell, I wrote many training manuals, many instructional documents for “train the trainer”, I have always loved to did my adorable late Mother and my eldest niece (she wrote the amendment to my ebook)

What inspired you to write this book?

Many people asked me to write down things I had learned while caring for Mom, how did I go about finding some of the answers, how did I deal with the medical field folks.

How did you publish this book?

Due to funding issues, I went with the ebook on my website

How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?

I have always enjoyed writing, as far back as I can remember, I honestly think it “is in my genes”

What do you believe is the hardest part of writing?

There are “block” times, there is NO question about that! We used to call this “core dumps” when I was in the Data Center with Q-West.

How do you do research for your books?

This particular book really did not require research as it was everyday life happenings.

Did you learn anything from writing this book? What?

Oh yes, that I truly enjoy writing more than I thought.

What are you reading now?

Agent Bishop by Mike McPheters

What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors? Why?

I do not have a favorite author and like to read a variety of topics. Currently zeroing in on books that might help me secure a new job and also how to “jump start” my home business.

Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?

No, not working on another book at this moment.

What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?

Be passionate about your topic, be knowledgeable about your topic, go into the project with an open mind, let your thoughts flow. Carry a pad of paper with you to write down thoughts of how you would like to “word” or “reword” a certain segment. Or if you have a tape recorder that fits into the pocket or purse….use that for notes. I do some of my best thinking while
trying to go to sleep
in the shower
sitting in a seminar…the facilitator may something that “sparks” a great thought
in church
when I was physically able to soak in a bathtub…this was an awesome time for great thoughts to appears.

What are you doing to promote your latest book?

I have no funds for “formal” marketing so post on Facebook, tweet on Twitter, post on Linkedin, etc.

Where can readers learn more about you and your book?

My website is the “IDEAL” spot…..


  1. Paul Roper says


    I was wondering if Shirley would consider doing a book on Sharma of Trafalgar Court the modern day Rachman!

    Paul Roper