I am an educator, editor and author. And I love reading memoirs! I’ve loved reading memoirs, way before there was a distinction between memoir and autobiography. Some 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. Memoirs gave me hope. “If they could overcome their situation, then there is hope for me 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. Reading memoir offers hope. It is my hope that my memoir Even Rain Is Just Water will encourage others who have ever felt displaced, disconnected or alone.
Writing my memoir empowered me to break the silences of my past, and live in the present, for a brighter future. 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.
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There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. | ~Maya Angelou