Publishing my novel, Even in Darkness, gave me the opportunity to bring a loved one’s legacy to the page. During the many years of research and writing, the decision to write a novel (rather than a memoir or biography), based largely on a true story, brought with it important considerations. During this seminar participants will consider
- How I come to this conversation- brief intro to Even in Darkness – historical fiction based on a true family story
- The importance of a good story, and a well- researched and articulated sense of time and place
- Is yours a legacy story? What other purposes does the story serve?
- Important questions anyone should think about before writing a legacy story about a real family, especially if it is written as fiction.
Every story needs a narrator, and I stepped up early in life. I learned storytelling, and a fascination with the magic of language from my grandfather. He wove unforgettable tales of a former life in Germany to his family in America. I spent most of my childhood with my nose in a book, or flying around the neighborhood on my bicycle, and learned to speak the languages of my German family, and later, the signs of the deaf children with whom I worked.
An undergraduate degree in English literature and Art History and a Masters in Speech-language Pathology from the University of Michigan led to a teaching and clinical career. Everywhere, there were stories. I’ve come to appreciate the way different languages impact the form of narratives, and the need to be heard and seen that we all share.
I live and write in Ann Arbor and Northport, Michigan