September Author Interview Answer #3: How was the response from your family and friends when you first published a book?

Hello everyone, I hope you have enjoyed reading the second post in this interview series. This is the continuation of the interview with author Debby G. Kaye and Linda Gray Sexton. Please check their bios out via the links you can see below.

Let’s check out the answers for question #3 from them.

“How was the response from your family and friends when you first published a book?”

Author #1 D. G. Kaye

My friends and family cheered me on for getting the stories out of my head and onto paper. My sister thought it would be therapeutic to write my story, and help to alleviate some of the burden of guilt I carried for my mother. It was cathartic I have to admit. But erasing a lifetime of guilt is always a work in progress.

Author #2 Linda Sexton
It varied.  My first memoir, Searching for Mercy Strreet, was well-received and positively responded to by friends and the critics.  But my family was not so happy.  They felt I was revealing family secrets that should remain private.  I tried to ignore their attitudes as much as possible, even though I regretted that perhaps I had caused them some difficulty, because I understand that what is my truth is not necessarily their truth. And thus the rub. Writing a memoir is not the same as writing a biography, and I always tell family members who object to my viewpoint that they are free to write theirs.
I think when it comes to writing true stories, it will be quite shocking to people around you as they learn more about your thoughts and views. Some may agree, some may not. Whatever it is, it is your opinions and getting that out on print is very important. 
I’ll be posting the answers to the second question next: “How supportive is your family and friends in your writing career?”
Share your thoughts and views below.
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15 thoughts on “September Author Interview Answer #3: How was the response from your family and friends when you first published a book?

  1. Linda, that must be tough when you don’t have your family’s support, especially when you’re writing about sensitive topics that have greatly affected your life. I’m glad you were able to persevere.

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  2. I love that Linda said, “Writing a biography is not like writing a memoir.” A memoir is a recollection of our (the writer’s) truth as we see it from our own viewpoint. Every individual will no doubt have their own version in their head of how they perceived a situation.
    Thanks again Jas for having me here. 🙂

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    • I use to be afraid of writing my own point of view because I always had the urge to write from everyone’s point of view but I soon realize that it is our own story told in our very own perspective and there is nothing wrong about it.

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  3. […] everyone, I hope you have enjoyed reading the third post in this interview series. This is the continuation of the interview with author Debby G. Kaye and […]

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  4. Straight from the hip answers. Questions in everyone’s minds. 🙂

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  5. “I think when it comes to writing true stories, it will be quite shocking to people around you as they learn more about your thoughts and views.” I agree with Linda and this is one of my concerns as I pen my thoughts on the events that occurred in my life. As for my family being supportive, my children are very supportive. Even my ex is supportive, but the rest of my family is not supportive and believe that I am “airing dirty laundry.”

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    • I think people will only come to know what we really think through mediums like writing and arts. And that’s because no one actually ask our opinions.

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    • LaTanya, you are always going to get the naysayers. We have to grow a thick skin if we want to move forward and share our stories. Memoir is our own memories and how we perceived the situations. Some may see things differently, that doesn’t change how we remember things and feel. Nobody will ever please everyone at the same time. Go forth and create! 🙂

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