Today’s interview is with Diana Saltoon-Briggs, author of Wife, Just Let Go: Zen, Alzheimer’s, and Love, one of the books that made my ‘Top 5 Memoirs of 2017’ list. Diana’s book is a must-read for anyone interested in Alzheimer’s, aging, and the way our culture views death and dying. I was awed and more than a little inspired by her answers to my questions below.
One of the main topics of Wife, Just Let Go is your beloved partner’s struggle with Alzheimer’s near the end of his life. This is a disease that has gained much more widespread publicity in recent years. Have you found that people have reached out to you specifically because of the way you so honestly treated your experience as the partner of someone with Alzheimer’s in the book? Have you heard from others who have gone through similar experiences?
Today’s interview is with Peter Gajdics, author of The Inheritance of Shame, one of the books that made my ‘Top 5 Memoirs of 2017’ list. Peter’s book is more than timely given what’s going on in the world today, and his answers to my questions awed and inspired me.
I was completely enthralled by your memoir—not only the subject matter, but the way it was so beautifully written. Can you tell me a little about the process of writing the book? Did you share it in workshops as it was being written, or did you keep it private until it was almost finished?
Writing this book began with my five-page letter of complaint about my former psychiatrist, which I filed through the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia, Canada, where my six years of “therapy” had occurred. At the close of that complaint process, and after I sued the doctor for medical malpractice, I used those five pages as the foundation for my book. “What happened” in the therapy (dates of treatment, medications he prescribed and their side effects, other acts of impropriety, etc.) were all fairly straight forward, but bringing meaning to my experiences, understanding how it all had impacted me, took years of writing and re-writing, then more writing and rewriting and soul searching.
Today’s interview is with Jane Wyker, author of Soul Selfish: The Awakening of a “Good Girl”, a memoir which shares the vast experience of Jane’s 46-year inner journey. Jane is, in a word, AMAZING. Her book rocked my world and corresponding with her lit a fire under me.
Working in over a dozen different psychological, mind-body and spiritual disciplines, Jane had the courage and faith to follow the guidance of many teachers and, ultimately, her own soul. Now 80 years old, she models a life that is created from within, demonstrating that sustained happiness rests upon soul connection.
Today’s post is an interview with Literary Agent Mark Gottlieb of the Trident Media Group, which represents over 1,000 bestselling and emerging authors in a range of genres of fiction and nonfiction, many of whom have appeared on the New York Times Best Sellers Lists.
A huge THANK YOU to Mark for this opportunity to pick his brain on what agents are looking for, how an author can best prepare to query, and what he would personally like to see more of from authors.
Today’s Author Interview is with Greta Beigel, journalist and author of Kvetch: One Bitch of a Life: A Memoir of Music and Survival.
I’m always looking for good memoirs by women writers and I devoured this one in just a few days. Kvetch is about growing up an Orthodox Jew and a tormented child piano prodigy in South Africa, and offers a rare look at Jewry’s response to the events of apartheid, circa the 1960s. It also goes behind the scenes of two rarefied worlds: classical music performance—and the workings of a California metropolitan daily newspaper.