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The Memoir I Did Not Plan to Write

The Memoir I Did Not Plan to Write

The best memoirs read like novels with their shaped plots and fully developed characters, yet the experience of reading a memoir can have a compelling power that fiction does not always match. The knowledge that the story we are reading is true and the immediacy of the author’s voice bring us into direct relation to […]

May 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Truth About My Memoir

The Truth About My Memoir

I’ve written articles and blogs and given many talks—both before and after my book was published—about why I wrote my memoir. It’s not that the reasons I talked and wrote about aren’t true; it’s just that they weren’t fiercely true. Accessing my truth hasn’t always come easy. Let’s just say the truth played hide and […]

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How Ancestral Research Can Lead to Memoir

How Ancestral Research Can Lead to Memoir

In November, 2011, ten years and one month after the death of my mother, Nannie B Chandler Nelson at age ninety-six, I found myself eager to explore my ancestral roots through her blood line.  The challenge was more significant than me, I believe, than for a person who has visited with, and heard tales of […]

March 16, 2017 | By | Reply More
Novelist Or Poet?

Novelist Or Poet?

When I was thirteen years old, I announced that I was going to be a poet when I grew up. I had already been writing poetry for years – since the age of 10 – and both my fifth grade teacher, Mr. Alexander, and my sixth grade teacher, Mrs. Melchior, had encouraged me. Mrs. Melchior, […]

March 15, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More
Psychotherapy and Memoir: The Talking Cure and the Writing Cure

Psychotherapy and Memoir: The Talking Cure and the Writing Cure

  Without wishing to sound freakish or weird, I liken my vocation—writer and psychotherapist—to conjoined twins. Born in my midlife, they developed from the same fertilized egg, gestated in the same amniotic fluid, were nourished by the same placenta. They share the same interests, the same reading lists, and, dare I say, the same soul. […]

January 8, 2017 | By | Reply More
Motivating Factors in My Life

Motivating Factors in My Life

Martha Lemasters spent almost ten years working as a PR writer at Cape Kennedy as a  member of IBM’s team on NASA’s Apollo Program. Those years saw remarkable success in seven Apollo launches and six moon landings. Lemasters worked her way up the ladder from secretary to a respected writer and managed to find her […]

December 16, 2016 | By | 2 Replies More
Three Things I Wish I’d Known as an Expectant Author

Three Things I Wish I’d Known as an Expectant Author

“Please keep in mind; this is just my first book.” This is what I began telling friends and family several months ago when I was still up to my eyeballs in anxiety and final edits of my memoir, Pieces of Me: Rescuing My Kidnapped Daughters. I followed the announcement with a bunch of reasons why […]

November 29, 2016 | By | 1 Reply More
Stepmother: Reflections on Writing a Memoir

Stepmother: Reflections on Writing a Memoir

It happened one night.  Totally unplanned. We were standing in the comfortably furnished living room, nuts on the table and chips next to the dip. The four couples stood casually, holding our drinks and chatting politely as you do when you meet people for the first time. The conversation was predictable. “Wasn’t it a beautiful […]

November 18, 2016 | By | Reply More
My Bossy, Imaginary Readers

My Bossy, Imaginary Readers

With the publication of my memoir Not Exactly Love, I’m eager to meet my flesh-and-blood readers, the ones who might nod their heads as I speak, who ask me questions, who might hand me a book to sign. It’s a bit unnerving though; in the book, I break decades of silence to tell the story […]

November 7, 2016 | By | 1 Reply More
Sex, Lies & Scotch Tape: Exposing Secrets & Healing Wounds WITH Your Characters’ Help

Sex, Lies & Scotch Tape: Exposing Secrets & Healing Wounds WITH Your Characters’ Help

Successful albeit intensely secretive husband wires all of your money out of the country, forges your name, abandons you and your two young children, leaving you with less than $1 in your bank account, and then he vanishes—never to be seen nor heard from again. It’s as though he never existed … A page-turner, right? […]

September 28, 2016 | By | 3 Replies More