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 needsto 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


Lynette Davis

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  1. Great review Hemalatha! I’m sure your memoir about the heartache of a long separation from family members, in order to make a better life, is an issue that many readers will be able to relate to.

  2. Thanks lynettedavis for your comments.

  3. Love what you’ve done to your site, Lynette! Congratulations on being a voice for the voiceless!

    1. Thank you so much Clara!

  4. Girl! We have so much in common. You are amazing and never let anyone tell you otherwise. Thank you, for being so open and for sharing. I can’t wait until your book comes out. There are so many people in need for someone to be their hero and you are truly a hero to many I’m sure.

  5. Thank you so much for your encouraging words Cheryl. I take it that you love memoirs too. I’m so glad that my story resonates with you and jazzed that you want to read my upcoming book!

  6. Very interesting indeed. I am not sure I am into memoirs, but your blog looks very interesting

  7. You have an interesting and informative blog here. First, thank you for visiting me. Reblogging one’s work is a wonderful compliment so thanks for the reblog. That book of yours that ‘s coming out is going to be a Best Seller for sure!!!

  8. “Bestseller” I like the sound of that! You are most welcome for the reblog. I like the way you pointed out three ways for forgiveness. Forgiveness is probably one of the hardest things to deal with for abuse survivors. Thanks for sharing your post with all the great examples. Blessings.

  9. Thank you for speaking up for memoirs! I’m looking forward to exploring your blog.

  10. Hi Lynette” I’m so glad you’re still on my radar.

    1. Me too! How have you been?

  11. joanzumwalt

    Thank you for liking my “Just getting started” blog. Yours is a role model to aspire to! My memoir In Pursuit of dreams has just been publlished.

    1. Thank you so much Joan! Can you send me the link to your blog?

  12. Mandy Smith

    I’m so proud of you, Lynette. You amaze and inspire me. I remember reading the first draft of your book and knowing then that you had a real purpose to help and inspire others with your story. I’m proud to have taken a small part in being asked my thoughts. You ARE a survivor in every wonderful sense of the word.

    1. Thank you so much Mandy! I’m inspired by you as well. You were the first person to read my first draft but you were also the first person to comment on my blog too!

      1. Mandy Smith

        Oh wow, how cool is that?? I feel honored! ❤

    2. Your comments were pivotal. I’m on the last leg of this journey with the book being released late Oct/early Nov. Excited to see where it goes!

      1. Mandy Smith

        Will your book be up for pre-order, Lynette?

      2. Absolutely! It’ll be available for pre-order mid-October.

      3. Mandy Smith


  13. Thanks for the follow and the share! I’m going to go find my copy of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and read it….

    1. You are most welcome! I enjoyed reading through some of your posts, especially the ones about daughters of narcissistic mothers. Have a wonderful weekend!

  14. Looking forward to it and happy I found your blog! Some other great memoirs I am discovering are Bukowski in a Sundress by Kim Addonizio, The Chronology of Water (omg) and the autobiographical fiction novella “Hula” by Lisa Shea. I too am working on a memoir. Happy to be here and read your interesting posts and articles and thoughts!

    1. Nice to meet you Amy! I love to meet fellow memoirist! Thank you so much for finding me on Facebook. I’m hoping to spend more time on Facebook. How long have you been writing your memoir? What’s it about?

      1. I’ve actually just decided I’m doing an essay collection! Still memoir

      2. That sounds interesting. Are the essays theme-based?

      3. they are, I’m not going to force the theme but all my separate essays and vignettes connect anyway somehow so drafting it out I’m just going to go for it, but it is my story

  15. Lynettedavis, thanks for your support always and reblog. have a great day!

  16. Thank for the reblog and I am looking forward to reading your memoir. I recently read a two memoirs that I found interesting both by cousins of opposite sides of a feuding family they are called, “The Sound of Gravel” and “The Polygamist’s Daughter.” Both well told and heart wrenching and yet courageous stories!

    1. You are most welcome. Thank you for following my blog. I have The Polygamist’s Daughter on To Read list. Your artwork on Etsy is very impressive! My memoir will be released in April. I would love to have your thoughts on it.

      1. I would be glad to share a review of your memoir (on my blog and good reads and amazon) in exchange for a review of mine when I am published. Let’s stay in touch! ❤

      2. And I would be happy to review yours as well. When is your book coming out?

      3. I am still working on it and hope to finish sometime this year.

  17. Lynette – Great blog! – Thanks for the “like” on my recent post. I have met with a number of book clubs recently to discuss my book. Everyone seems to be struck by the similarities between today and the 1930’s in Germany. Perhaps we read one another’s and consider writing reviews.

    1. That would be great! My memoir won’t be published until April 29th. In the meantime, I would love to read yours.

      1. Lynette – please email me directly ralphwebster@embarqmail.com and I will send you a review copy. Thanks!

      2. I sent you an email.

  18. Lynette,

    Thank you for stopping by my page and reading “Being in a State of Unicorn.” I’m glad you enjoyed it. What resonated with you while reading?

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