The Birth of a Memoir: Ever Faithful to His Lead Launches

Posted by Kathleen Pooler/@kathypooler   “If there’s a book you really want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” Toni Morrison   Welcome to the official launch of my memoir!     Ever Faithful to His Lead: My Journey Away From Emotional Abuse Emotional Abuse Begins and Ends at Home Author’s journey helps women find their own inner strength Currently available on Amazon,  and OpenBook Press in Kindle and Print Versions. Official Press release: Amsterdam, NY, July 28, 2014 Kathleen Pooler spent the first eighteen years of her life in a loving supportive family. The next twenty-five years were engulfed in the abyss of two abusive marriages. Pooler rescued herself and is now dedicated to helping...

Finding Forgiveness While Writing Memoir by Joan Z Rough

Posted by Kathleen Pooler/@kathypooler with Joan Z Rough/@joanzrough   “If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” ― Mother Teresa I am very pleased to feature memoir writer Joan Z Rough in this guest post on finding forgiveness while writing memoir. Joan is working on a memoir, Me, Myself and Mom: A Journey Through Love, Hate and Healing. I have had the privilege of being one of Joan’s beta readers and can tell you her powerful and well-written exploration of a mother-daughter relationship carries a universal message that will resonate with many.   Welcome , Joan!   Finding Forgiveness While Writing Memoir I first started writing stories about my family three years after my mother died. A number of friends...

Five Principles I Learned in Writing My Memoir by Linda Brendle

Posted by Kathleen Pooler/@kathypooler with Linda Brendle/@lindabrendle   ” It breaks my heart to see her disappearing a piece at a time into the abyss of this disease.”- Linda Brendle, A Long and Winding Road: A Caregiver’s Tale of Life,Love and Chaos, 2014.   As a health care provider, I know that caring for a loved one who suffers from Alzheimer’s and/or Dementia is one of the most challenging conditions faced by families. When I read about Linda Brendle’s memoir of not only caring for both parents, one with Alzheimer’s and the other with Dementia, but taking them on a seven-week road trip in an RV, I knew I had to read her memoir and learn more about her experience.   It is my pleasure to participate in...

Ever Faithful to His Lead: My Memoir Cover Reveal and the Story Behind it

Posted by Kathleen Pooler/@kathypooler    When we read a story, we inhabit it. The covers of the book are like a roof and four walls. What is to happen next will take place within the four walls of the story. And this is possible because the story’s voice makes everything its own.- John Berger     Here it is, finally… The Story Behind My Cover We all know the importance of  choosing the right cover for our books. According to Hobie Hobart in this article, ” 8 Mistakes That Will Absolutely Kill Your Book!”: “Bookstore browsers spend an average of 8 seconds looking at the front cover and 15 seconds studying the back cover before making a buying decision.” Furthermore, “Online bookstore reduce the decision...

A Memorial To Our Beloved Lake House: A Memoir Moment

Posted by Katheen Pooler/@kathypooler   “To say goodbye is to die a little.”  The Long Goodbye, Raymond Chandler   In 2000, my father purchased a lake house on a prime piece of land on Keuka Lake, one of the beautiful Finger Lakes in Central New York State. I wrote how this came about in this tribute to Crooked Lake Memories done last year after my traditional vacation week at the lake.   Life can change in a heartbeat and, for reasons that sound rational and practical, we must put our beloved lake house on the market. As of this writing, we have several offers.   A Memorial to Our Beloved Lake House   I recently returned from what will be my final week at the lake and it seems fitting that I pay tribute to this treasured gift...

How to Transform Grief into a Memoir: Interview with Artis Henderson by Dorit Sasson

Posted by Kathleen Pooler/@kathypooler with Dorit Sasson/@VoicetoStory   “I believe we are given the stories we must tell.” – Artis Henderson.   It is my pleasure to feature author, story mentor and radio host Dorit Sasson in this interview with memoir author Artis Henderson. Dorit and I met online and I have enjoyed her in-depth and insightful interviews on her”Giving Voice to Your Story” Radio Show. Dorit is also writing a memoir about her three years serving in the Israeli Defense Forces and blogs about memoir writing on her blog and on Huffington Post Books.  She is the author of  a story, “The Best Time To Get in My Way” in the anthology, Pebbles in the Pond: Transforming the World One Person at a Time. In...

A Tribute to My Girlfriends: A Memoir Moment

Posted by Kathleen Pooler/@kathypooler   “Friendship is the source of the greatest pleasures, and without friends even the most agreeable pursuits become tedious.”- St. Thomas Aquinas       In my upcoming memoir, Ever Faithful to His Lead: My Journey Away From Emotional Abuse, I show how my girlfriends give me strength and help me move forward in my life.     Martha tries to convince me not to marry when she hears my doubts. Sharon coaxes me up the stairs and out the door the day I leave my first husband because of his drinking.  Jean becomes a loving caretaker of my children as I find my way as a single parent. Judy supports me before, during and after both my divorces, Eileen opens my eyes to God’s presence in my life, Rosemary,...