As an interviewer at Lunch Ticket, I got to sit down and have chats with accomplished, published literary writers. I asked them all the questions that interested me, which I knew would also interest our readers for the magazine.
Below, you can read the full interviews:
Some Kind of Beauty in the World: 6 Questions for Anna Scotti
Immigrants, Survivors, and Translingual Poetry: An Interview with Piotr Florczyk
Achievement Center of Texas
To bring more traffic to Achievement Center of Texas’ website, I had to get a little creative. The special needs community is close-knit but not very large, so even if people were searching things about special needs, it was still pretty unlikely that they would come across the ACT website–and even less likely that they were in Garland, looking for Day Hab.
I started interviewing big-name people in the local special needs community to bring new users to the website. When people searched for the other companies (which were not competitors), they’d find our website and think, “Oh, hey, actually, yeah, I do need to enroll my son into a new Day Hab center.”
During this process, I did as much secondary research as possible, not wanting to bore the interview subject (or the reader!) by asking things I could find out with a simple Google search. I started with a list of main questions, and then I just saw where the conversation took me. Here are the links to the interviews I conducted, transcribed and formatted (some with true, mumble-core exact quotes, others with subject-approved paraphrasing):
A Fair Playing Field for Adults with Special Needs: An Interview with the Founder of Howdy Handmade
Special Needs Guardianship: An Interview with Rick O’Connor, Guardianship Attorney
After-School Programs for Teens with Special Needs (and More!): An Interview with the Founder and President of The Clubhouse
Fitness for People with Special Needs: An Interview with the Founder of Special Strong
Digital Prowess for Adults with Special Needs: An Interview with the Co-Founder of NonPareil Institute
Employment Opportunities for Adults with Special Needs: An Interview with the Founder of Hugs Cafe
Further Education for Adults with Special Needs: An Interview with the Executive Director of My Possibilities
Special Needs Parenting with Pride: An Interview with the Founder of The One in a Million Baby