I was talking to another writer last night. He has a reading scheduled at a library next month. "Before I read, though, I want to start out by talking a little bit about why I wrote my memoir," he said.
It got me thinking about my own memoir, Again in a Heartbeat, which will be available in August. Why did I write it and then press forward to publish these most intimate details of my life? Because it came as naturally to me as breathing. I wanted to share my life, my truth, in hopes it would resonate and that, together, we could form a community of storytelling.
It has become extremely gratifying to me to see how women are finally getting their due in a publishing world long dominated by men and discrimination against women writers. The movement of women's writing groups - some of which I have listed on this web page - is testimony to women's voices gathering strength through the written - and printed - word. Through many avenues, including independent and self-publishing, literary journals and e-books, our stories are finding an audience. Let's continue to support other writers in their desire to craft and publish stories . . . as well as attending retreats and workshops, writing circles and critique groups.