Reviews for authors are sometimes hard to get so I thought I'd pass on a few that I've had in the last 6 months as I found them very moving that people found my book to be useful and worthy of their praise.
Amazon Reviews of my book Writing Memoir. How to Write a Story from Your Life
"If you have been dreaming of writing your memoir and wondering how or what to do this book is very helpful. The writing is clear and gives readers the details needed to write a memoir. It is also helpful when working on writing a book in general, I think anyway. I found this book inspirational. Everything you need from start to finish in writing a memoir is found here. I voluntarily reviewed this after receiving a free copy."
Charity RB Howard 5 Stars
JWalch 5 stars
"If you have thought about writing a personal memoir, but had no clue as to how to write one, read this book. In just 161 pages Anna will teach you everything you need to know about writing a memoir. Anna not only talks the talk, she walks the walk, having already published a personal memoir about one period of her life spent in Africa, but is busy working on a second memoir. After reviewing this wonderful book I feel that I finally know how to write one or more memoir of my own."
Reviewed in the United States on November 28, 2019 I have read a number of memoirs featuring famous people and also those written by well known teachers of the genre. This book, gathering together the process from idea to eventual publication, is one of the most succinct and to the point I have read.
The Exercises at the end of each chapter are simple and relevant, giving would be memoirists material for their own work from the outset and without delving excessively into theory.
Chapters on Truth, Mindmapping, Dialogue, The importance of Time and Place, Writing Emotion, Breathing Life into the Senses and handling Storytelling are excellent. Writing about Trauma and Abuse is handled sensitively. In fact, many of the questions facing me as someone writing my own story are answered at the outset of this book.
Much valuable information in chapters about Editing and Self-Publishing is also provided and a list of recommended reading.
The writing style is like that of a friend giving out well-tried advice
I would recommend this book for the shelf of any would-be memoir writer. I give it 5 stars.
This book is very comprehensive and very concise. It discusses the difference between and autobiography and memoir. Each chapter has a point to make, examples to back up or further describe the point and an exercise to incorporate that point in your writing. It is a clear, concise path to writing.