A book

Thanks to those of you who have encouraged me to write a book. I will start in a couple of weeks when the kids return to school. I have scheduled and planned out this adventure, which I know will take many twists and turns. I know what I want to write or what I think I can write but I would like to hear from you.

Based on what you have read on my blog and what you know about my life, what would you be most interested in reading? Please comment and let me know. I am hoping to appeal to the widest audience and to have a book that is marketable. I am going in with realistic expectations but am hoping for success!

Thanks

Lynn

198 thoughts on “A book

  1. I’m so glad you are ready to write your book. Write your story as you have told it in your blog. It is powerful in itself. I would rather see no pictures. Let your readers feel the emotional impact of your experience . Let their imagination take it in.

    I would put your delicious recipes in a second book and also your pictures. You can bring things up to date in an “after” story of becoming a grandmother.

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  2. I would start in the middle of your struggle so it is immediately compelling and along the way, you reveal a bit more of how you got to the struggle, as you move forward. Make it a two- book thing so you can give your painful experience the time it deserves and also as a suspense as to what happened to you later. The title would be along the lines of pain and endurance and then the second book will be uplifting and victorious. Leave out recipes. That should be a third book dedicated to food. Don’t confuse the theme of the first book if you want to make it compelling. Adding recipes will be confusing and distracting.

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  3. I have read how you met him, how you were attracted to him and how his sharing a bank account built your trust and belief that it would be a shared life. Letting others know to pay attention to misgivings and noticing “signals” which indicate problems ahead are crucial, Lynn. Hoping others learn how to listen to their inner voice and intuition. I worked with 180 children in only two years at a battered women’s shelter as a child advocate. Many children told me their wishes and some didn’t make it out unhurt emotionally. You are so blessed and your ability to raise them all to become unscathed is remarkable. Maybe have someone else (an expert or child psychologist) explain NOT to stay is best since dangerous situations can arise. They should not think they can handle everything as wonderfully as you did. πŸ™‚ Sincere pride in your storytelling quality and I think your story will resonate and ring true.
    Lynn, you have a writer’s voice! hugs xo

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    • Thanks so much! It does have long lasting effects and my kids are doing great but there have been many trials along the way and as you said it leaves it’s mark on you for sure! I hope to let others know it’s not their fault and they are not alone and also the signs of abuse. I honestly did not consider it abuse until my boys left to college and then things were taken to a whole new level by him! I still did not know what was going on and felt I had a huge problem and that it was me! So, it is so insidious that it takes over. Thanks xoxo

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  4. I’m delighted to learn that you are ready to take the plunge!

    I see the potential for two books. Years ago, on a visit to San Diego, my husband (at the time) and I stumbled upon Croce’s Restaurant and Jazz Bar. It was run by the wife and son of Jim Croce, a popular folk/jazz singer of the 60s. Ingrid Croce had also written a book, Thyme in a Bottle; Memories and Recipes from Croce’s Restaurant. It’s a beautiful book that traces her early childhood life up to meeting and marrying her husband, Jim, and their life together and after his death. Each chapter wraps around several special recipes and includes b&w photos of people and food.

    I can see you writing a cookbook that traces your life (minus the drama) through cuisine. You do such a fabulous job of writing your recipes and instructions as well as illustrating them with lovely images. I think small amounts of text to explain a bit of the circumstances around how you developed or came across the recipes would make the book interesting and useful. I know in some cases, your cooking was done in some pretty deplorable conditions: poor stoves, hot homes, lack of AC. All those issues add interest. I think going into particulars about your life would be a distraction in this book.

    HOWEVER! πŸ˜‰ The book I’m dying to read is a personal memoir about who you were when you met him and your romance, marriage and all that followed until you got yourself and your family back on track in the Palouse. This book would not have recipes, but maybe some family pics and photos of the homes you lived in.

    Dat’s my 2 cents worth! Good luck with whatever you do.

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  5. I think you have two or three books to write Lynn. Your stories of course, a cook book with personal anecdotes, and a small book of your wonderful photographs and the handful of amazing poetry that I have seen (I imagining there are more poems. πŸ˜‰) I am so happy to hear you are making a plan to do it. 😊

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