My essay, “Writing Naked: The Benefits of Exposing Yourself Through Memoir,” is included in this She Writes Press anthology, edited by Linda Joy Myers and Brooke Warner. The Magic of Memoiris a memoirist’s companion for when the going gets tough. I am thrilled to join 37 other writers who share their hard-won wisdom, stories, and writing tips. Included are Myers’s and Warner’s interviews with best-selling and widely renown memoirists Mary Karr, Elizabeth Gilbert, Dr. Azar Nafisi, Dani Shapiro, Margo Jefferson, Raquel Cepeda, Jessica Valenti, Daisy Hernández, Mark Matousek, and Sue William Silverman.
“This book is a beautiful collection of famous and aspiring memoirists who share why they write, what keeps them motivated, how they overcome moments when they are ready to throw in the towel, and more. A book every writer, new and seasoned, should have on their shelf!” —LAURIE E. JAMES
“If you enjoy memoirs or just reading about memoirs, you'll enjoy this collection. The authors in this anthology give you the inside scoop—with warmth, humor and passion. It felt like talking to a bunch of good friends at brunch.” —D. ERICKSON
“Some of these essays inspired me to get back to my memoir full steam. Other essays made me feel I was on the wrong track. The book was an unfolding of individual experiences, not a prescription for writing a memoir. In the end, as with this entire endeavor I’ve taken on, I'm left within myself. Which is where I need to be.” —MARGOT JARVIS GENGER
“I started reading this book from page one, then decided to skip around wherever the spirit took me. Either way works—learn about craft, about struggle, about publishing, about truth telling, about the need to write and the satisfaction of the journey. It’s all here. Come and get it!” —PETER GIBB, The Magic of Memoir contributor