Heather Summerhayes Cariou discusses SixtyFive Roses: A Sister’s Memoir

by Matilda Butler on May 25, 2009

Post #19 – Women’s Memoirs, Conversations – Matilda Butler and Kendra Bonnett


Memoir author Heather Summerhayes Cariou’s blog and writing prompt were previews of the vibrancy and depth of this wonderful woman that Kendra and I had the pleasure to interview.

Heather is currently in Ireland, making this our first intercontinental interview for our Women’s Memoir Author Conversation series. Heather answered twelve questions from women interested in advice on writing their memoirs as well as talked about her writing life. You’ll love the description of her Virginia Woolf room as well as how she carves out a writing space for herself even when she is on the road.

From discussing the importance of writing for ourselves as well as to heal and understand our lives to discussing her journey to find a publisher, Heather provided ideas and suggestions that you’ll find especially useful as you create your own path.

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For more information about Heather and her beautifully written memoir, click here.

Also mentioned during the interview are two conferences for women lifestory writers:
(1) Story Circle Network where Heather will be a keynote presenter at the Stories from the Heart V Conference, February 5-7, 2010 in Austin, TX. Click here to find more information and to sign up to receive details of the conference.
(2) International Women’s Writers Group. Heather serves on the board of the IWWG and recommends their upcoming conference, June 12-19 at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY.

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Jamuna Advani May 25, 2009 at

Since I missed the live interview with Heather Summerhayes.I love this audio. It is very informative. Thank you Matilda and Kendra for arranging such wonderful interviews.

Karen Walker May 26, 2009 at

This is a fabulous interview. Thank you so much. I am halfway through Heather’s memoir and am blown away by the exquisite writing and the powerful story. The balance between narrative and reflection is just right – it doesn’t interrupt the flow of the story – it simply adds insight.
Thanks Kendra and Matilda for doing this for other women writers. It is such a gift.
Blessings,
Karen Walker

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