If nothing else, I hope that is your takeaway from this book that I have birthed. And it was a birth, both in the creation of a physical object, and a renewing of spirit.
While I do not remember the rape itself (I was drugged and banged up), the trauma I experienced at the hands of my abortionist and his assistant, has resulted in life-long consequences.
A snapshot of a budding romance during my nineteenth summer, it was unexpected and raw – a friendship set on fire. But like things that catch fire, they burn out eventually. We made it a good year before ashes set in.
Once in a while, when you least expect it, you make a connection that catapults you to the next step in your journey. And if you are lucky, that one new connection will lead you to another, then another, and so on. As an author, there is no greater gift than being seen and heard, especially by another author.
Book development is an ever-changing and evolving process. It is a process that not only requires you to be agile and open, but demands it. And this is where it can be painful for an author.
In my first attempts at writing the description for “Girl on the Right: Memoir of a Life Upside Down,” I did that thing most authors do: I shared it with 20 people I know and trust. I often refer to writers as “feedback whores,” which may or may not be pleasing, but true nonetheless.
I am a narrative nonfiction author, who’s had the good fortune to be an award-winning essayist. In an attempt at growing in my craft, and maybe helping or inspiring a few souls along the way, I’ve embarked on a book adventure.