We had the good fortune of connecting with Maggie Bush and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Maggie, what do you attribute your success to?
The most important factor behind my success as a writer/creative is consistency. A mantra that I infused into my career is, “Don’t stop when you’re tired. Stop when you are done.” Many of us have goals, but few of us put in the work it takes to achieve them. The catalyst to success is hard work, determination, and a lot of “self talks.” I received my degree in journalism as a wife and mother of three. Many nights I cried from being so tired and questioned my whole life, but I looked to those mentors and people who inspired me as a framework for my goals. Now I have made a full time career as a writer/creative with the flexibility to be a very present mom and wife. I can say my hard work came at a cost, but in the end it has paid off in more ways than I could have imagined or hoped.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I express my artistry through writing, whether in film, blogs, or journaling. I love meeting other writers because each of us have voices that sound differently. My voice as a writer comes from my passion for truth infused with hella imagination. There is something to a story when a person can relate to the characters and yet the world feels so out of reach. Finding my voice as a writer came from being told my writing was not good enough, because I kept trying to fit a certain mold, instead of writing from what was inside of me. Using my own experiences, life events, and things that I found were important was when I truly became the writer I am today. If you want to make a career from writing, you should find your own voice that is beautiful, unique, and inspiring. Before I leave this planet, I want the world to know me as the artist who made them feel happy, sad, angry, and all kinds of emotions through my writing.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My ideal day in Atlanta would be a day at Vickery Creek, taking a hike and enjoying the waterfall. Listening to nature while having a good conversation (while exercising), would make eating at the Cheesecake Factory indulging in a slice of Mango Key Lime pie, a less guilty feeling. The most exciting people to be around are those who are enjoying life’s moments, whether that is on a trail or in a slice of pie.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would love to shoutout my husband Eugene Bush, who was critical in encouraging me to write and obtain my degree in journalism. He looks past my doubtful tears and motivates me to be a better writer/creative. My mother Lucy, who helped me with the kids on those long nights of school work and exams…and finally my mentor Cas Sigers Beedles, who inspires me to be confident and work hard as a writer.