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Navigating the Emotional Rollercoaster of the Memoir Journey
A discussion panel with
Suzette Mullen, The Only Way Through Is Out
Patricia Grayhall, Making the Rounds: Defying Norms in Love and Medicine

May 2, 2024
4 PM PDT | 5 PM MDT | 6 PM CDT | 7 PM EDT

Patricia and Suzette will talk in depth about their books, their messages and meaning, and how they each made the journey from idea to publication, and more.


In 2017, Suzette Mullen left a thirty-year marriage, came out as LGBTQ+, and moved to a city where she knew exactly one person. In her introspective, bittersweet, and empowering memoir, she shares her story of how she learned to listen to her inner voice and find the courage to leave her safe, comfortable life to step into an unknown future.

Patricia Grayhall shares her story of what it was like to survive an illegal abortion, come out as a lesbian, and train to become a doctor in the late 1960s and early ’70s—before Roe v. Wade, before Title IX, and in a homophobic nation. Patricia chafes at the toxic masculinity of the culture of medicine, confronting many of the same issues women face in male-dominated fields today. She plunges readers into a life that is never boring—and certainly never without passion.

These two memoirists fought through self-doubt and rejection to write and publish empowering stories that impact readers in the LGBTQ+ community and beyond.

In this conversation, they will discuss:

  • Balancing the desire to write authentically and protecting other people’s privacy
  • Dealing with the consequences of being vulnerable on the page
  • Persevering through self-doubt and rejection
  • Finding successful paths to publication beyond the Big Five


Suzette Mullen (she/her) is a memoir and nonfiction book coach, speaker, and the author of the memoir The Only Way Through Is Out (University of Wisconsin Press, 2024), which was named one of February’s “most anticipated” releases by Lambda Literary and received a glowing review from Foreword Reviews (Candid, inspirational . . . an emotive memoir that issues a stirring call to women to choose self-actualization.”). Suzette’s essays have appeared in the New York Times, today.com, and Brevity, among other outlets. Get an inside look into Suzette’s memoir revision process with her free Behind the Scenes revision guide, learn more about her memoir and book coaching services here, and connect with her on Instagram @urstoryfinder.

Patricia Grayhall is the author of the memoir, Making the Rounds: Defying Norms in Love and Medicine, published by She Writes Press, and a 2023 Best Indie Book Award Winner in LGBTQ Memoir. Patricia’s memoir has received several other awards and enthusiastic reviews, including a starred review from Kirkus Reviews: “The author writes with a sense of blunt reality and warm humanity . . . The struggles, deeply felt emotions, and coming-of-age triumphs make this memoir touching and personal.”. Her essays have appeared in the Gay and Lesbian Review, Queer Forty, and Seattle Magazine, among other publications. Find out more about Patricia’s work, including interviews with NPR and others, social media, and her upcoming autofiction novel to be published by She Writes Press in June, 2025, at www.patriciagrayhall.com.

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