Nov 18 – Meet Rhode Island Author Debbie Tillinghast

Debbie Tillinghast writes about a place that is near and dear to me- Prudence Island, Rhode Island.  My husband introduced me to Prudence twenty-two years ago, and his family have helped me make it my island as well as theirs.  Read about Debbie’s beginnings in Prudence, and check her out at the ARIA Author Expo on December 5th at the Lincoln Mall, with over 100 local authors.  And watch for Debbie and me at the Elephant Room in Cranston on December 17th, where we will be reading from our works on Memoir Night.

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Memoirs and Memories

About two years ago, Lisa Tener inspired me to work with my mother to write A Girl From the Hill.   Lisa is an accomplished author in her own right, and has helped many people get started and live their dreams.  She has literally (some pun intended) changed my life.

It has been with much happiness that I can return the favor, even if only in miniscule fashion, by telling about my writing experiences on Lisa’s new website.  Oh yeah, it doesn’t hurt me either, and I was absolutely honored to participate, so I see it as a win/win.

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Why I Write

Anne Frank in the World

Anne Frank in the World (Photo credit: elycefeliz)

Such a beautiful and important answer.  I have never considered this specific example, but I too feel a gut churning fury when the weak – animals, the elderly, children, those with special needs– suffer abuse at the hands of those who feel they are superior.  Bravo to Harper Faulkner for putting this into words.

Check his blog post here  Why I Write.

I’m a Blogger Now

Dahlia Lydia Fiore, Junior High Graduation

Dahlia Lydia Fiore, Junior High Graduation

This is a huge step for me.  A blog.  I am becoming a blogger.  It doesn’t sound pleasant, and I can’t stop thinking of Harry Potter’s Quidich team and the bludgers- those big black iron balls  that try to knock the players off their broomsticks.  My goal here is not to knock anyone off his or her broomstick, but I do hope I leave you with a positive impression and a reason to read, comment and interact with me and others who follow these posts.For the past year and a half I have been working to put together my mother’s memoirs.  I figured the task would be an easy one and would help me get my feet wet in the world of real writing. Not writing that I scribble out on a pad and then shove in a shoe box in the back of my closet, and not writing that I bang out in a fury and then save to a file folder that I’ll never refer to again.  Real, grown up writing.

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