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“I considered creating you after I read Summers with Juliet by Bill Roorbach and realized how a memoir such as this could be so inspiring and magical while understated in innocence and adventure and complement to nature. I had something uplifting to express as I could communicate my own experiences, drawing connections to places and people and home, despite my disconnections, and share my story in inspirational hope for others.”
This was an opening paragraph I wrote years ago in an essay for an anthology, The Magic of Memoir, Inspiration for the Writing Journey. When the call for submission was announced, I knew what I would write. The bones of the essay were randomly placed on a blank screen and with subsequent finessing, the structure took shape. It was just me and my memoir having a dialogue.
This day you are being released, all 70,000 plus exposing words to reveal an authentic writer. I finally get to run my finger down your spine and embrace the covers that protect your pages. In letting go of you, my wish is for others to pick you up and to learn how to discover the connections as I did, to find home, their place to be.
I now claim you a memoir.
From all things, reading, writing and under the birch tree, welcome.