Post #20 – Women’s Memoirs, Author Conversations – Kendra Bonnett and Matilda Butler
If you missed our informative conversation with Janet Grace Riehl, author of the memoir CD called Sightlines: A Family Love Story in Poetry & Music, you can listen to the recording below. Here are a few of my favorite parts of the interview:
- Janet has two writing places including one she calls the goddess gather room. Listen as she describes her inspirational spaces.
- Janet outlines the seven steps in creating a CD of spoken word and music, including how she put her team together to successfully carry out this important project. Be ready to take notes as you listen to Janet as it will help guide your work.
- Janet talks about her promotion efforts for her print version of Sightlines that was published in 2006 as well as what she learned in the interim that is framing the marketing of the CD version.
- Janet shares the special time when she sat with her father, watching his face with its range of emotions, as he read her completed book.
- Janet describes toggling between poetry and prose as a way to flex our word muscles.
- Janet, as a special treat, sing the 1863 song Dear Evelina, Sweet Evelina, a song that she and her father frequently sang to her mother (Ruth Evelyn Johnston Thompson) in her last years. Then, Janet concludes by reading one of her story poems, Appetite, the final poem in the section of the memoir featuring memories of her mother.
We know you’ll enjoy this interview.