My personal fascination with memoir stems from not knowing anything about my dad when I was growing up. He died when I was very young. Dad was from a different generation and by the time I was articulate enough to even ask about him, most of the people and players from his generation were gone, too. His stories were irreplaceable, and seemingly unobtainable.
Until A Letter From Paris arrived. Writing my second book was the most challenging and fulfilling creative project of my life, but what pushed me forward was this understanding of how everlasting the legacy of the written word. When I came across his lost (unpublished) memoir hidden in a vault later that year, it was like he’d been returned to me.
I finally had his stories. And I understand their value.
Stories have the power to bring us back to life, to reunite us with our loved ones, to connect us across time and to people around the globe.
Nothing is more precious than your story – and nothing can replace it.