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“I considered creating you after I read Summers with Juliet by Bill Roorbach and realized how such a memoir 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 experiences, drawing connections to places and people and home, despite my disconnections, and to 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 finessing, the structure took shape. It was just a dialogue between me and my memoir.
You are being released today, 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, I wish for others to pick you up and to learn how to discover the connections as I did, to their find home, their place to be.
I now claim you a memoir.
From all things, reading, writing and under the birch tree, welcome.