“I wanted to tell the secret stories that my great-grandmother Blanche whispered to me on summer nights in a featherbed in Iowa. I was eight and she was eighty . . . ” —from Don't Call Me Mother
At the age of four, a little girl stands on a cold, windy railroad platform in Wichita, Kansas to watch the train take her mother away. For the rest of her life, her mother will be only an occasional and troubled visitor.
Linda Joy Myers’s compassionate, gripping, and soul-searching memoir tells the story of three generations of daughters who long for their absent mothers, yet unwittingly recreate a pattern that she was determined to break. Accompany Linda as she uncovers family secrets, finds solace in music, and begins her healing journey. Learn how she transcends the prison of childhood to discover light in the darkness of strife, abuse, and undiagnosed mental illness.
Don’t Call Me Mother was originally published in 2005. This revised edition includes a new introduction and afterword, with new insights about memoir writing. It's an inspiring chronicle of perseverance, healing, and the transformative power of forgiveness.
Linda Joy Myers, President of the National Association of Memoir Writers, & Co-President of the Women’s National Book Association, SF, is the author of Becoming Whole and The Power of Memoir—How to Write Your Healing Story. Her workbook The Journey of Memoir—The Stages of Memoir Writing will be available in 2013. Truth or Lie: A Memoirist’s Dilemma is her next book. She coaches writers and offers teleseminars and workshops nationally.
It is wonderful to see you being featured here. I cannot feel but gratitude for your writing and mentoring me for almost a couple of years. It has been thanks to your efforts and dedication to the memoir and its healing and transformative power that I have come to uncover the truth about my own childhood, which was growing up the mercy of my narcissistic father. It has been under your guidance and compassionate nudging that enabled me arrive at this painful truth.
Thanks for all you, your writing and support has provided me.
Thank you Pavlina for your message! It's been such a pleasure to be with you on your journey through memory and story to find your voice and your truths. That's the thing about the narcissistic parents... we are kind of in a spell until we are able to stand outside that bubble and find out what WE think, what WE feel. And so much is at stake too. If we don't mirror that kind of parent, we feel lost, almost like we're going to die. So it is very brave what you are doing, and I look forward to more stories as you journey to the later stages of your memoir --and claim your Self! Having made that journey in my book and in the other writing I've done was immensely healing, and allowed me to move forward in new ways! See you soon!
Congratulations! This is the best news and a perfect fit. Success to LJ and She Writes.
Thanks Christie! I like the idea of being with a press that understands women, and supports women's voices. Our voices are unique, and we need to promote the idea of being more free to say how it is for us. Part of the stories of older women were how we were silenced when we were younger. That is changing and this is in part due to the political changes of the 60s and 70s. But my memoir is about finding my truth and my voice. Thanks for being with me on the journey and I look forward to celebrating your new books!
Congratulations, Linda Joy. This is wonderful news. I can't wait to read it. And I look forward to our NAMW roundtable on September 13.
You are indeed an inspiration to all of us memoir writers. Your support is always incredible.
Hi Madeline, I feel as you do--that we all need to work together to inspire each other! I love getting to know you, your work, your publisher, and your process, and talking about memoir writing. That is the best thing I can do with my day. We will just have to find more ways to connect and have conversations between ourselves and other writers who are passionate about personal transformational stories.
See you soon at the National Association of Memoir Writers! Write on!