A new cross classification ‘Fantasy Memoir’ ~ Perfect for my latest ‘From Redundancy to Rejuvenation’
Samuel G Whitesell
In recent decades, the genre of ‘memoir’ has proliferated to the point that it seems nearly every family can point to a relative who has written one or is in the process of writing one. A memoir, not to be confused with an autobiography, is a snapshot, or series of snapshots from an individual’s life. The memoir blends both accounts of past events with thought and reflection. It is meant to offer a picture of how an individual has become themselves. Memoirs are meant to preserve memory rather than fact, and while the line between the two is thin and grey, it exists. Historically, memoirs were private works that could be used to help craft more complete works in the future, but today memoirs exist on their own as complete works.
But I’m not here to lecture you on memoirs, other writers will be much better at that than me…
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Shefford Library Talk
Last night I gave my first talk about ‘Murder, now and then’ held at Shefford Library in Mid Bedfordshire. As a teacher of 25 years I shouldn’t have been so nervous but I was. I was soon put at ease by the warm welcome by the staff Jacqui and Jill. Then, as people drifted in I recognised a couple I used to know when I started my teaching career in the area 25 years ago!
More relaxed now I shared the story of my inspiration to write ‘Murder, now and then’, set in the heart of the Bedfordshire countryside – how I carried out my extensive research, planning and writing, through to working with editors to iron out glitches and inconsistencies and finally the proof reading.
They were interested by the journey of my research and amused by my visit to a farm where cows are milked by robots. We discussed the book cover, designed by a student at North Herts College, and most liked it finding it intriguing, although there was one comment that maybe for a murder mystery it wasn’t dark enough for traditional publishing companies.
Many questions and a time to chat over a cup of tea took us nearly to 8.30 pm when I was very aware that the staff had given up their valuable evening to to support me and I am truly grateful. Life of an author is not an easy path, even though I feel truly blessed to be spending my time following my dream. I cannot imagine life without writing.
I am back at Shefford on 26th March, this time to continue my journey into publishing and Brian Kerr, the author of ‘An Unassuming County ~ The Making of the Bedfordshire Countryside‘ will be my guest speaker.