I love reading memoirs!!! I’ve always loved reading memoirs, even way before there was a distinction between memoirs and autobiographies. My all-time 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.
Memoirs give us hope. If they could overcome their situation, then there is hope for me too. Also when I read memoir, I can see how we all have the same basic needs—to be loved and accepted, even though our stories and journeys are different. Reading memoir offers hope.
Writing my memoir, Even Rain Is Just Water (paperback available June 30th, 2017), empowered me to break the silences of my past, to live in the present, for a brighter future. It is my hope that Even Rain Is Just Water will encourage others who have felt displaced, disconnected and alone.
In the process of writing my memoir, I learned that there are other women with stories like mine. I curate this blog to help them tell their stories.
To learn more about my memoir Even Rain Is Just Water, visit my blog The Broken Vessel.
There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. | ~Maya Angelou