On the ALLi Twitter chat (#indieAuthorChat) this week we asked questions about Writing family memoirs with Terri Tomoff
My ALLi author guest this week is Julie Gray, a writer who was fleeing grief after the death of a family member. In fact, she fled from California to Israel, where she found a new chapter in her life story and an unlikely friend in a Holocaust survivor. She decided to take a chance and write his story as kind of an extension of her own, and found not only great success as an indie author, but Netflix is producing a documentary about her. It's a fascinating journey that only Julie Gray can best tell.
My guest this week is Darryl Lansey, who has a kind of love/hate relationship with his former employer, the US Central Intelligence Agency, the CIA. As an analyst and adviser to presidents, he loved making a difference for his country. As black man, he hated the institutional racism that was baked into the organization. He writes about his experiences in his new book, A Thin Line Between Love and Hate: A Black Man's Journey Through Life and the CIA. I spoke to Darryl about his experiences at the CIA.
Ever been asked by a friend or relation to ghostwrite their memoir? Professional ghostwriter John Lynch offers candid advice that may make you think again before taking on this "thankless task"! Worth reading in case it ever happens to you!
It's the indie author's choice whether or not to conform with genre expectations - do you? should you? First case study in a new series here focuses on memoir.
Thinking of writing a memoir? Get off to a great start by reading Dawn Brookes case study, to help you learn from her experience and avoid her mistakes!
A moving case study of how artist and author Katharine Smith-Warren developed her unique memoir of bereavement, self-published to help others like her.
Ever moved house, region, country, continent? All good fodder for a self-published memoir - and Jean Gill, relocated from Wales to France, tells you how to write one.
Ever fancied writing a memoir - or been asked to ghostwrite someone else's? Then read Belinda Pollard 's top tips.
Helena Halme, Finnish author of three self-published novels, offers excellent advice on how to turn fact into fiction effectively, drawing on her own experience of writing The Englishman.