August 2018: Client Spotlight

I am pleased to introduce you to my client, Becky McGregor, who is currently on the last round of editing on her book, A Dream Called Kristy: My Story of Loss, Healing, and Dreams Fulfilled. The book tells her story of a young mother’s struggle through grief to find healing after her baby’s death.

This book takes the reader on a journey through the worst time a mother can face. There is grief, but there are also fun events, times of growth, and healing of the soul. While this is not a self-help book, there are suggestions offered up to readers. Becky hopes the book will help to heal the heart of a parent who has experienced the loss of a child.

A wife to husband, Bruce, a mother of five, and a grandmother of four, Becky is a genealogist and writer, though she started her work life as a computer science engineer.

I recently asked Becky a few questions and I think you’ll find her answers inspiring and informative:

What do you want our readers to know about your book project?

I am so proud that my book is almost ready to send to the publisher/printer. Even though the subject matter can be sad/emotional, there is a happy ending. I survived and went on to a great life.

What has been the most challenging part of the writing/publishing process and how have you overcome the challenges?  

Sticking with the project long enough to finish it has been the most challenging part, but that is where Patricia really shines. She motivates me to hang in there, and I’m so glad I did. I love how the book has turned out.

Do you have any words of encouragement for Patricia’s clients who may be trying to write their own important stories or complete their own books?

Break the project down into workable segments. Then, tackle one segment at a time. Looking at the entire book at one glance can be exhausting, but looking at one segment makes it easy and manageable   You can pat yourself on the back with completion of each segment . You can also have fellow writers review a segment. They give you great ideas to make your book even better.

How has Patricia and/or the Writing Your Life community helped you write your story?

Becky (third from the left) in my Fall 2018 Six-Week Writing Class, Beverly Bailey (first from the left)

I could not have done this without Patricia. She is full of ideas and suggestions and is full of energy to help prop me up when I was down. The community helped with positive comments and hugs when I needed them.  I would like to especially thank Beverly Bailey, for all her edits. The community has become family to me, and I just hope I have given back to them as much as they have given to me.

I retired wanting to write my book, but I had no idea how to start. Luckily, I found the Writing Your Life community and Patricia. They gave me the tools to start writing and help to finish it. I can’t thank them all enough.

I am so proud of Becky for sticking with this important, difficult, and beautiful book. I feel honored to have been a part of its completion and look forward to holding a copy in my hands soon. Congratulations to Becky for a job well done.

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