A masterful memoir by LInda Joy Myers

I had the pleasure of reading a review copy of Linda Joy Myers re-released memoir, Don't Call Me Mother. Every memoir writer should read, savor, and learn from the mastery in the way this book is written. Linda Joy Myer's memoir, Don't Call Me Mother: A Daughter's Journey form Abandonment to Forgiveness, totally fulfills her memoir writing axioms: write to heal, write your truth, write to bring your dark stories into the light. From the minute I picked up this book and started reading I was hooked. Her poetically visceral words drew me in and never let me go. Even when I had to take a break from her increasingly dark story of being abandoned by her mother and living with an abusive and controlling grandmother, her words stuck with me. They still do. I couldn't believe how this woman could have lived through such a childhood and come out alive, whole, and productive. Emerging as a viable adult was a grueling process. She revisited the cities and farm land where she grew up, she … [Read more...]

Do I recommend a virtual book tour – you bet!

I'm so pleased to have had six hosts for my virtual book tour this month. It has been a wonderful challenge to create the content and interact with other book bloggers generously willing to promote my memoir, Leaving the Hall Light On. When my Dream of Things publisher, Mike O'Mary and I, created the tour to coincide with the release of the paperback and eBook editions, we offered tour hosts three options: 1. Post a review of the book on your blog 2. Post a Q & A with me using up to six of the twelve questions we provided 3. Post a description of my book and conduct a contest to give away a free copy to one of the host's followers. We also suggested the hosts pick any tour date between October 1 and December 31 of this year. I'm very pleased that during my virtual book tour stops my tour hosts have selected various versions of the options, including asking me to write blog posts to meet their own requirements. Stop One: Angela Felsted's My Poetry Place. Angela … [Read more...]