Paperback Writer is pleased to announce our guest author today. Join Irene Watson, author of the memoir, The Sitting Swing: Finding Wisdom to Know the Difference (Loving Healing Press, Aug. ’08). Read on and find out how she came up with the idea for her book.
About the Book:
Irene Watson’s pretentious life could go no further until she faced her past. Her moving and inspiring memoir begins at the end, in a recovery center, where she has gone to understand a childhood fraught with abuse, guilt and uncertainty. Her powerful story is a testament that it’s never too late to change your life, never too late to heal.
The Sitting Swing shows us how guilt, fear and ignorance are borne by our children. Two distinct parts of the book look at an abusive child rearing and the process of recovery that takes place years later. On many levels this is a classic story showing us that change, growth, forgiveness and recovery are possible. It is also a heart warming healing story and a testament to the strength and courage of the human spirit. In the end it gives hope and freedom to those that accept the past and move forward by rewriting life scripts that have been passed down for generations.
Brave and inspiring, full of heartbreak and hope, The Sitting Swing by Irene Watson is an astoundingly honest account of a young woman addressing a commonly overlooked addiction. Forewarned: like me, you may recognize yourself on practically every page!
Welcome to Paperback Writer.
Would you share with us how you came up with the idea for your book?
I had a story to tell, and I felt my story was going to help others heal from dysfunctional experiences in their childhood. I believe it’s never to late to find a way to re-write our life scripts passed down for generations. By telling my story, I feel it gives hope to others.
Was it a light bulb moment or something that you thought about for a very long time?
I remember as a young child sitting under a tree and thinking I would like to be a writer. I tried writing for a newspaper that had a section for kids, but my work was never accepted. Finally, as an adult I decided it was time to tell my story.
It is true that everyone has a story tell?
Yes, I believe they do. It’s part of the expression of who we are.
How did you come up with the title?
The title of “The Sitting Swing” refers to a swing I could barely use as a child because the rosebushes around it made it impossible to move very far. My over-protective mother watched the swing through the window. My older brother, Alexander, had died and my mother blamed herself. She would not let anything happen to her second child. Only as an adult would I understand and forgive my mother’s irrational fears and overcome the limited world I knew as a child. Given that, I felt it was a great metaphore.
How did you find an agent and publisher?
I’m in the industry of books and have connections with various publishers. It was an easy connection for me.
Who reads your work in progress?
When I was writing my story I kept sending the finished chapters to about 12 people – all friends. They would give me feedback at that time.
How long did it take you to complete the first draft?
The first draft was in the writing stage of about 6 months. It seemed like an eternity to my first line readers. They kept asking for the next chapter.
How long did it take from start to publication?
About one year.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Yes, I sure do. The most important thing is not to get discouraged if you can’t find a traditional publisher to take your book on. Keep persisting, do tons of research to understand the publishing industry, and get help from experts.
You can visit her website at www.irenewatson.com.
Thank you, Irene, for stopping by Paperback Writer on your virtual book tour. I wish you continued success through the rest of you tour.
THE SITTING SWING VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR ’08 will officially begin on September 2, ’08 and end on September 26, ’08. You can visit Irene’s tour stops at www.virtualbooktours.wordpress.com in September to find out more about her and her new book!
As a special promotion for all our authors, Pump Up Your Book Promotion is giving away a FREE virtual book tour to a published author with a recent release or a $50 Amazon gift certificate to those not published who comments on our authors’ blog stops. More prizes will be announced as they become available. The winner will be announced on our main blog at www.pumpupyourbookpromotion.wordpress.com on September 26!