I was privileged to write a book fun facts post for Marlena Smith’s blog, Life as I know It. I had a great time thinking back on the events that have turned into stories about the early days of Girl on the Right: Memoir of a Life Upside Down. I shared only five things, but easily could’ve added more to the list. The first addition that comes to mind is the fact that I never use names of those who’ve played supporting roles in the events and experiences I wrote about. Why is that?
I didn’t start off with the intention of omitting names, it sort of evolved. once I recognized the pattern I was inadvertently creating, I thought about my “why.” What I came to realize is that names are irrelevant. Identifying my friends and family members would detract from my story, and it is my story. My intention is not to minimize their role, but to keep you focused on the takeaway from each chapter, leading to the culmination of how/why I am who I am. Each anecdote or conversation I’ve included within the book’s pages is purposeful in communicating with you, the reader, about profound moments that changed my course. We’ve all had these moments, right?
I am aware that this is a literary risk, but am willing to stick with it. It could be argued that including the identity of each person would allow you to connect with them as a character. Knowing how the words flow, the structure of the sections and chapters, I believe the most significant connection you will make is with me. That’s my plan, anyway. I want to connect with each and every reader.
To those who recognize themselves, know that you are an important piece of my journey, whether our time was positive or negative. If I took the time to include you, you are significant, and for that I thank you.