What a gift to get such a wonderful review from an experienced writer herself, Monica Lee. Stay tuned to my blog to hear more about her in the coming days. In the meantime check out what she wrote about my book The Promise.
“It is one of the most extraordinary truths of the human condition: We become alive only when we are prepared to listen to others’ stories, because in that way even a stranger’s experience becomes ours.”
~ Keith Negley in The Oprah Magazine, April 2020
Browse through the Biography & Memoir department at your local bookstore (or, if retail stores are still shuttered where you live, imagine this potentially deadly pastime), and you’ll recognize most of the names. If it’s on the shelf, the book is probably written by or about a celebrity, someone whose claim to fame is acting or politicking or making music.
Unless you cut off your own hand in the desert or blog about cooking through every recipe in Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking in a year, your non-celebrity memoir is probably going to have to be self-published in order to be published…
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Connie calls herself an autodidact writer. The word autodidact is as impressive as the time it takes to teach yourself how to master a craft. Auto means "self" and "didact" comes from the Greek word for "teach." Connie learned by reading, taking home study courses, and creative writing workshops. She talked, practiced and shared with other writers who encouraged her to write her story because it was too important, not to tell. Connie has three blogs, one sharing spiritual thoughts, another on aging gracefully, and the other her author site. She is so passionate about writing that she gets up every day at 5:00 am and writes for 2hours. She's a wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Her hobbies are genealogy, lots of crafts, too many to mention. If you ask Connie what the greatest accomplishment of her life has been? She'll tell you it's the life she created by believing in something better, "The Promise!"