To Memoir or Not to Memoir

author writing memoir hand-325321_640Authors write memoirs for a variety of reasons. The question is – does the motivation really matter? Is it just enough to share your story, or does it have to have some kind of reasoning behind it?

One popular and, I think, good reason is to share anecdotes that are funny – to make readers smile or laugh. I have read and enjoyed a few of those. The issue with humour is it can be very difficult to write well. Someone can lead a life filled with amusing incidents but unless they are written with a good comic flare they will fall flat. I’m afraid mine would never fall into that category. My attempts at humour usually result in, “Er – what?” Continue reading “To Memoir or Not to Memoir”

Does someone you know want to write a memoir?

Elderly person writing a memoirEver had a writing project just pop up and take over your life? This month I’m going to tell you about the memory book I’m working on just now­ — partly because it’s taken over my head­ — but mainly because, now I come to think of it, you might be able to make money from something similar. Or make people happy for nothing if that’s your thing.

I’m compiling and publishing a little book for the family and friends of an acquaintance who died a year or so ago. Now, with the internet age and all, this particular project has been made simple by the fact that this pal left behind several thousand fascinating and witty emails. He was a member of an email list of a couple of hundred people, who all bickered and joked and swapped news and stories on a regular basis. After the nth person said, ‘I wish I could read his emails again, they were so funny,’ I realised that we could actually do it. Continue reading “Does someone you know want to write a memoir?”

Featured Selections from Dream of Things

There is nothing like a mother’s love. And there is nothing that compares to the strength, determination, and tenacity of a mother trying to protect her children.

This Mother’s Day, Dream of Things presents three powerful and thought-provoking memoirs from three extraordinary women who exemplify what it means to be a mother. Each in her own way shares an inspiring true story of love, loss, strength, and survival. Their stories are very different, but the women are united in their determination to do the very best they can for their children. Along the way, they also serve as great examples of women who understand that you can’t live vicariously through your children – it’s also important to find and create meaning in your own life.

Everything I Never Wanted To Be
Leaving the Hall Light On
Swimming With Maya

Dream of Things is a small press with a reputation for publishing quality memoirs. “Our goal is to provide readers with distinctive voices and meaningful books,” says founder Mike O’Mary. “These memoirs meet both criteria. They are meaningful because these books can change lives. At the same time, each author has a unique voice – the ‘fairy dust’ of great writing.” Dream of Things memoirs are available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and elsewhere.

Sneak Peek: A Promise Fulfilled

Today we have a sneak peek from the memoir by CJ Rock: A Promise Fulfilled.

A Promise Fulfilled is about a triumph of the human spirit, of overcoming obstacles that can prevent the realization of dreams. Possessed with maternal instinct and facing the uncertainty of infertility, CJ Rock risked everything for her dream of motherhood. Adversity and losses in her life were so devastating and overwhelming that her obsession with having a child became a catalyst for a long, difficult, and often painful wrestle with faith. A Promise Fulfilled is a compelling story about the pitfalls of adoption and the international adoption of a special needs child. Love can conquer all.

A Promise Fulfilled is available from Smashwords and Barnes and Noble.

And now, an excerpt from A Promise Fulfilled

Continue reading “Sneak Peek: A Promise Fulfilled”