BackWords: A Backwards Word Book for Gamers
BackWords: A backwards word list (alphabetical by last letter) for gamers released in 2009
ATLANTA — Wisdom Creek Press has released a book to assist poets, word gamers and other wordsmiths in their search for just the right word. The opposite of traditional dictionaries, this word list is arranged alphabetically using the LAST letter of each word.
“My original motivation for researching and writing this book was personal,” said author Cherie K. Miller. “My husband and I are both authors and enjoy playing word games, like ScrabbleTM. When we play, we allow dictionaries because we like to increase our vocabulary and competitiveness. But it frustrated us when we needed, for example, a three letter word that ended in “Q”. That’s where the traditional dictionary fails gamers. With BackWords, gamers, writers, and poets can find words that end in a certain letter."
For more information, visit www.wisdomcreekpress.com .
Scrabble nuts, we are supercalifragilisticexpialidociously
excited to have BackWords by our beds." - Arielle Eckstut &
David Sterry, authors of Putting Your Passion into Print.
"I can't tell you how long I've been waiting
for this..." -
Sonic Storm music blog.
"Kids of all ages need this book! BackWords
will enhance family fun, increase vocabulary, expand literacy,
and will develop greater competency in this 'critical thinking'
skill activity." - Dr. Helen B. McIntosh, former school
counselor and educator, author, inventor, and CEO of The Peace
Rug Co., Inc.
"If you like word games, you will LOVE Backwords. As a writer, I am discovering this to be a useful tool and a valuable addition to my reference library." - Lisa M. Russell, Georgia Writers Association.
New book is perfect gift for those who do things ‘sdrawkcab’
By Cory Bilicko, Entertainment Writer, Signal (California) Tribune
Just in time for post-holiday shopping,
BackWords: A Backwards Word List for Gamers may be the
perfect gift idea for those who engage in a bit of backwards
thinking and doing, like giving presents after the traditional
season for it.
Compiled by Cherie K. Miller, founder and publisher of Wisdom Creek Press, BackWords is a list of words presented alphabetically using the last letter of each word. The idea for the book was born of her and her spouse’s frustration while playing word games. “My husband and I are both authors and enjoy playing word games, like Scrabble,” she says. “When we play, we allow dictionaries because we like to increase our vocabulary and competitiveness. But it frustrated us when we needed, for example, a three-letter word that ended in ‘Q’.”
Book review at Robin's Nest. "This book is amazing for gamers, students and just an all around fun book to check out words. If you are a writer this book is a must! It's a great addition to my desk of information. If you love to rhyme in your poetry, this book is a must!"
Cherie K. Miller is the founder and president of Wisdom Creek Press, LLC and works with the Masters in American Studies program at Kennesaw State University. She has published books, written for national magazines and written a newspaper column called Kidding Around for a Chicago newspaper chain. She achieved her MA in Professional Writing from Kennesaw State University in 2007. Miller is the current President of the Georgia Writers Association, a state-wide nonprofit organization promoting authorship in Georgia. For more information about Miller, visit www.cheriekmiller.com .
Thank you Cherie for taking the
time to answer some questions for us! Please tell us about your
During the long nights of caregiving and being stuck at home,
my mother-in-law, Ann, started having a continuous Scrabble game
on her kitchen table. We'd play week-long games with her taking
a leisurely time to place our tiles into high scoring words.
Since I hadn't played a game of Scrabble in years and years, I
must say I was rusty with my vocabulary. I often became
frustrated with the Scrabble dictionary as I needed to look up
words that ENDED with a letter, for example, K, rather than a
word that began with a letter.
What inspired you to write this book?
I was frustrated trying to figure out how to think of words from the last letter to the first as I tried to beat my high-scoring mother-in-law during our continuous Scrabble games. So I created BackWords: a gamers word list. I thought if it helped me, it would also help others who are into word games, such as crossword puzzles, Boggle or Scrabble.
Have you received any awards for your work?
As an undergraduate Communications major in 2004 I won the Best Research Project for my thesis.
Do you also do speaking engagements, or seminars?
I have spoken to various groups, especially those on the campus of Kennesaw State University. I've also moderated panel discussions and spoken at the Georgia Writers Association.
How has your education, profession or background helped you in your writing career? Or conversely, how has you writing success helped you in your profession?
For the past 15 years I've been a freelance writer, especially writing on parenting topics for newspapers in Chicagoland. I wrote a column for 8 years called Kidding Around, which was primarily focused on events you could take your children, grandchildren, etc. to attend.
Since I moved to Atlanta I finished my schooling with an MA in Professional Writing. This has opened up lots of doors for my writing. I currently work as a professional administrator for the MA in American Studies program at Kennesaw State University where I write a bi-monthly newsletter for the faculty and students in the program. Writing website content, press releases and newsletters has always been important.
What kind of other works (books, scripts, poems etc.) have you had published?
I've been published as portions of a book entitled Women at the Well: 33 Devotions for a Thirsty Soul. I've written a couple of church dramas that were performed in front of live audiences, which is a terrific kick to hear people laughing about something that I've invented in my mind. I've had a column syndicated in the Sun Newspapers (Chicago suburbs). I've also been published in Focus on the Family magazines, Today's Christian Woman, Group Magazine, Youth Worker Journal, Magnolia Magazine, History's Women, Home & Away (AAA Magazine) and Country Magazine. I've also written a lot of content for websites.
Is there any aspect to your profession that gets you in touch with your readers directly?
I'm very active in Social Media, therefore, I have Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin profiles, which gives me a lot of interaction with my readers. These new innovations have been wonderful for an author to receive immediate feedback. In years past I would write an article in the newspaper or a magazine and rarely get feedback. Nowadays, with the explosion of social media outlets, I have a lot more conversations about writing than I ever have before.
What will your next project be?
I've got a new project laid out entitled Writing Conversations: Spend 365 days with your favorite authors learning the craft of writing. This book will be available for sale by Christmas, 2009, and is very helpful nuggets of advice by the very top authors on their own writing processes.
Thank you Cherie! We wish you great success with your new book Writing Conversations: Spend 365 days with your favorite authors learning the craft of writing!
Cherie K. Miller lives on a lake in Georgia with her author husband, Steve, and a blended family of seven sons. She has written for several national magazines and newspapers in both Chicago and Atlanta. Cherie graduated with a BS in Communications and an MA in Professional Writing from Kennesaw State University. She works in the MA in American Studies program at KSU and enjoys her volunteer work as the President of the Board for the Georgia Writers. Cherie is the President of Wisdom Creek Press, LLC, which in 2009 issued her book: BackWords: a backwards word list for gamers.