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?”
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.
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.