Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Following the Whispers

It’s an honor to host authors here on Straight From Hel. Who doesn’t love getting to know the aspirations, dreams, quirks and secrets of authors? Not I!

This week, we’ll get to hear from two. Yeah, I said, two.

Today, I’m introducing you to our Thursday author: Karen Walker.

Her memoir, Following the Whispers, just out this year, has been getting great reviews.
“There is no such thing as an average memoir, but if there were, Karen Walker's story, Following the Whispers: Creating a Life of Inner Peace and Self Acceptance from the Depths of Despair, would not be among them. From the title of her first chapter, "In the Beginning ... There Was Self-Hatred" to the guidelines for weight management at the end, this book is unusually rich with personal insight…. I admire both the heart and the craft of this book.” Sharon Lippincott, Story Circle Book Reviews
In addition to Following the Whispers, Karen has published essays in newspapers and magazines, as well as in an anthology series. She’s also had a thirty year career in marketing and public relations. To pursue her new career in writing, she went back to college to complete a Bachelor’s degree and graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2005 from the University of New Mexico’s University Studies program with a major emphasis in Creative Writing.

Karen’s stopping by Straight From Hel this Thursday to talk about her process for writing memoir. She’s going to talk about how to find the “golden thread” in memoir. Step by step, she’ll lead us through finding our own “golden thread” in our lives and in our life story.

If you want to see the beauty of Karen’s writing, she has a page of samples of her writing. Start with My Father’s Keeper at the top of the page. All you have to do is read that and I know you’ll be back for more on Thursday.
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  1. I have been following Karen's blog for a few weeks now and I am impressed. Can't wait for the interview.

  2. I love Karen's blog too and am so looking forward to your interview. I have written a memoir (as yet unpublished) and can't wait to see all she has to say.

  3. I'm a big fan of Karen's blog. I always feel more relaxed and focused after going there. I'm looking forward to Thursday.

    Mystery Writing is Murder

  4. I have a friend who should write her memoir. I'm encouraging her to come back on Thursday. Karen's a great teacher.

  5. Memoir writing is tough to do. Very different than fiction, I think. Karen certainly is one of the best. She’ll be a great guest.

    Best Regards, Galen
    Imagineering Fiction Blog

  6. Looking forward to Thursday. I just checked out "My Father's Keeper." I'm going back to read more.

  7. Dear Helen and friends,
    I'm sitting in my living room in tears. Saying thank you for all these kind words just doesn't seem adequate, but thank you from the bottom of my heart.

  8. I also am a fan of Karen's blog, so will definitely be back tomorrow. Thanks, Helen.

  9. How fascinating. I'm going over to check out her writing samples now.

  10. Remember, Karen will be here Thursday. I wanted to give everyone a couple of days to visit her site and blog. I'm glad so many are coming back for her visit!

  11. I try to never miss Karen's blog. I'll definitely be back on Thursday.

  12. Looking forward to Thursday. I would think that memoirs are tricky beasts.

  13. I agree, Elspeth. Don't know if I could do one!

  14. I know that author! I will be back on Thursday.

    L. Diane Wolfe “Spunk On A Stick”

  15. I love "meeting" other authors. Thanks for doing this, Helen! Looking forward to Thursday.

  16. I love "meeting" other authors. Thanks for doing this, Helen! Looking forward to Thursday.

  17. I will indeed plan to be back.


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