To tell you the truth, the motivating factor after my father had "suggested" I write my story for the past 12 years or so, was a book my friend and board member gave me to read. It was called A Million Little Pieces by James Frey (you know, the guy who duped Oprah and therein sullied the reputation and good name of addicts everywhere).
I read it, though finishing it was a chore, and this rarely happens to a gal who cranks out at least a book a day -- reading, not writing one, that is. I finally called Sheryl and asked her if ever she began to care about this guy. She answered quite truthfully that "No, she never had."
I was put off by his language, his profanity, his abuse of every rule of grammar and punctuation Lying in my bed that very last night of laboring through it, I said to myself, "I could do better than this in a first draft." I got up, tied a robe around my waist, and started writing.
I finished the rough draft in two and a half weeks, and though it needed several read-throughs and some corrections, and admittedly I had not set a very high bar for myself, I believe I was right about besting his paperback copy.Interested in reading my book? Order The Other Woman at the Well: A Truthful Account of Addiciton Overcome here.
Published by Xulon Press.
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