“I considered creating you after I read Summers with Juliet by Bill Roorbach and realized how such a memoir could be so inspiring while understated in innocence and adventure and complement to nature.

This was an opening line I wrote years ago in an essay for 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 quickly the structure took shape. It was just a dialogue between me and my memoir.

“With your release, all 70,000 plus exposing words reveal an authentic writer. I run my finger down your spine and embrace the covers that protect your pages. I wish for others to pick you up and to learn how to discover the connections as I did, to find home, their place to be.”

My memoir would publish two years later. And since then, I’ve expanded writing of personal narratives, self-discovery, and universality to the fiction world, bringing with it what I learned about home, and connections to it, from an essay and a memoir.

From all things, reading, writing and Under the Birch Tree, welcome.

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