Author Interview with Judy Mandel

by Matilda Butler on February 22, 2010

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Imagine a room with a desk surrounded by bulletin boards. You place pictures of yourself at various ages on the board. Next to them are photos of your parents, the sister you knew, and the sister who died before you were born.

Memoir Writer Judy Mandel

Judy Mandel

Judy Mandel

This is the study Judy Mandel described to us. This is how she kept the memory of those she was writing about close to her. “Seeing pictures of me when I was young, helped bring back the memories and reminded me how I talked and what I did.”

Judy Mandel is trained as a journalist and has had 20 years experience in marketing communication. She knew about writing and she knew how to meet tight deadlines. But writing her memoir took her more than four years and she reworked the story structure at least 13 times.

During our interview with Judy, she talked about how the writing process helped her better understand her past and why she had taken her life path. The replacement child for a sister who died when a plane crashed into her home, Judy often felt the outsider in her family. Conducting the research to put all the information together and then working on the story enabled her to understand her family and personal story in a way that she did not think possible.

Answers Your Questions about Memoir Writing

Judy answered readers’ questions about:

— Memoir story structure
— Writing difficult stories when you family is not supportive
— Memoir marketing
— Memoir publishers
— And more

We think you’ll enjoy her interview where she discusses writing her memoir: Replacement Child.

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If you missed Judy’s guest blog and memoir writing prompt Click Here.

If you have more questions for Judy, you can either contact her through her website, or by leaving your questions in the Comments box below. Judy will be glad to answer your questions.





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