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Memoir Writer's Journey

I am a memoir writer and a retired family nurse practitioner writing a memoir and a sequel about the power of hope through faith in overcoming emotional abuse, an alcoholic son and cancer. Hope matters and we are all enriched, enlightened and inspired when we share our stories. I blog about memoir writing/publishing tips and share stories of hope. I feature other writers in guest posts and book reviews.

Avoid Social Media Time Suck: A Blueprint for Writers to Create Online Buzz For Their Books and Still Have Time to Write by Frances Caballo

Avoid Social Media Time Suck: A Blueprint for Writers to Create Online Buzz for Their Books and Still Have Time to Write - Frances Caballo

If there ever was a need for a blueprint on managing time on social media without compromising precious writing time, it is now. Overwhelm is the operative word for anyone who wants to break into the publishing business today. Frances Caballo comes to the rescue with this practical, detailed plan for gaining control over establishing an online presence while preserving writing time.


She offers specific ways to schedule involvement on various social media channels, curate content that will help you stand out from the crowd, measure your Return on Investment (ROI), track your success through analytics and tips on building a community. One chapter is devoted to apps that help you stay focused on your writing and another chapter is devoted to starting and maintaining a blog. Her last chapter is a step-by-step guide for writers who are building a platform.


Her writing is clear and concise and specific topics are easily retrieved. She provides a glossary of basic terms at the end. I highly recommend this book as a resource for anyone—beginners and more experienced writers alike---who needs guidance in creating an engaging and manageable online presence. It is a must-have guidebook for writers who are seeking help with effective time management.


The Pat Boone Fan Club Book Review

The Pat Boone Fan Club: My Life as a White Anglo-Saxon Jew - Sue William Silverman

Sue William Silverman took me on her search for identity in her memoir, The Pat Boone Fan Club. With wry humor and brutal honesty, she drew me into her story and kept me suspended in a rapid-fire series of deep reflections into her inner turmoil as a young Jewish girl who struggles to find stability and meaning in her life.

In a soul-baring way, this memoir covers the terror of childhood molestation at the hands of her father, her struggles to find her identity as a young Jewish girl in a WASP school and neighborhood, her two marriages, her journey into sexual addiction in her adult years and her ultimate, hard-earned recovery.

"Swimming like a gefilte fish" is a metaphor for her need to feel normal and fit in with her Christian schoolmates. Her attachment to Pat Boone is a metaphor for the stable, loving father and life she craves. As a squeaky-clean Christian pop star, he is the antithesis of her sexually-abusive father and a symbol of hope for her as she seeks an escape from the pain of her abuse.

Her writing is fluid and engaging. She moves in and out of time frames flawlessly. Her free-flow thoughts through different points of view -as an adolescent, a sexual addict, an adult on the road to self-awareness and recovery-left me feeling deeply connected to her inner chaos and her eventual journey to self. As a reader, I was mesmerized by her ability to bring me deep into her experience and show me the power of resilience in healing from the terrors of abuse. She also helped me to connect with my own memories of a time when Pat Boone was a symbol of stability and strong family values.

Sue William Silverman delivers on her promise to share her life in vivid, gripping detail. Her memoir portrays the guts and glory of abuse recovery.