Charge Your Karmic Batteries: Write a Letter to an Author You Admire

Deborah Siegel found herself so moved by graphic memoirist Phoebe Potts' infertility narrative, Good Eggs, she wrote her a letter.  And then she realized: we writers should do this more often.  It's like sending a karmic kiss.

SHE WRITES ON FRIDAY PROMPT: Write a letter to an author you admire. 

 Here's mine.  Post yours in comments or on your SW blog (tag #shewritesonfriday).  We'll tweet the best! 


Dear Phoebe Potts,


I’m so moved by your infertility memoir, Good Eggs, that I just had to say something about it in public. Today [WEDS] is thank-a-fellow-She-Writer day at She Writes, so please consider this note an expression of my gratitude.


Thanks for making me laugh, cry, sigh in recognition, and grieve in empathy as you chronicle your infertility journey in graphics and words.  You do what the best writers do—help us see beauty and pain in the human condition, especially our female condition—plus your writing is funny as hell and moving beyond words.  So many elements of your story resonate for me—the depression, the mother (hi mom!), the Jewishness, the loving husband, the doctors, the therapists, the friends—that at times I almost feel as if I’m reading a book written by my wiser, funnier self.  Except that I can’t draw my way out of a paper bag, so really that’s where the parallel ends. 


You write in a comic that we're featuring on She Writes, “tried for baby, had book instead.” You’ve birthed, written, and illustrated a fabulous book.  Thank you for that.  May you find your way to authoring that baby soon too, however the narrative unfolds.  You’re going to make one hell of a mother, I know.


Yours in fertility adventures and the desire to express it in words,



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