I am an educator, editor, ghostwriter and author. And my passion is memoirs–reading and editing them! I began reading memoirs way before there was a distinction between memoir and autobiography. A few of my favorite memoirs are I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou, Coming of Age in Mississippi by Anne Moody, The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls, and The Color of Water by James McBride.
Even as a child, I was curious about “regular” folk’s lives–the alcoholics and people with emotional and mental issues–everyday people, at least they were where I grew up. How did they get where they are? What happened along the way? It wasn’t until I started writing my own memoir that I understood what it was that drew me to memoirs. You see, I’m also a survivor. And memoirs give us hope. “If they could overcome their situation, then there’s hope for my situation too.”
When I read memoir, I can see that we all have the same basic needs—to be loved and accepted, even though our stories and journeys are different. Memoir offers hope. And it is my hope that my memoir, Even Rain Is Just Water, will offer hope and encourage to others who have ever felt displaced, disconnected or alone.
In the process of writing my memoir, I learned that there are other women with stories like mine. Writing memoir, that is telling our stories, empowers us to break the silences of our past, to live in the present, for a better future. Our stories do matter.
I curate this blog to help other women (and men) tell their stories, which is also why I edit memoir.
There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. | ~Maya Angelou