I’ve read hundreds of blogs and posts and I recently decided that each one was a mini-memoir (of sorts). People write about what they know. We can’t write about what we don’t know.
I wrote my first book when I was ten, on a key-pounding typewriter (with white-out). My Mom saved it for me for decades, and I retrieved it from my treasures to read it a few years ago. As a child, I developed a protagonist, antagonist, a plot and characters. Encouraged by my ten-year old self, it became my dream and goal to write another book. My passion was renewed by my childhood story about Arabian horses, friendship, family, the good-guy and the bad-guy. If I could do it then, why not now?
I had spent years thinking about plot ideas that never came close to being written. Then, an unexpected opportunity plopped into my lap.
In August 2017, I decided to write a story about love, relationships, despair and hope. Sounds common, right? A romance book that can be bought anywhere with hundreds of thousands to choose from. I don’t like calling my book a ‘Memoir’ because it often carries a stigma of, “Oh, another one of those books.” A romance novel seemed far-fetched for my book’s theme, but it is the other genre closest in which I could compare it.
A Shoebox House is about my honest reflections, and twisted reality, as I struggle through the consequences and emotional mind games as a victim of catfishing and ghosting. I encounter the risks and pleasures of online dating, the boundaries of friendship and the strength of family. I wrote it knowing my Mom would be reading it, so there are only moderate sexual references.
The catch to A Shoebox House… it is written from both the man and woman’s point of view. There are Book One (published) and Book Two (release June 2019), and the time span covers 14 months. Each book is slightly different in content; Book One will hopefully leave you hanging – and ready to read the next one.
The point is… we often don’t have to look for a subject to write about… it’s right in front of us.
My name is Rhonda Phelps and I invite you check out A Shoebox House. If you are a single woman, dating either online or organic, and over 45-years of age – this book is for you. (Although it is a book anyone could enjoy reading, I wanted to disclose my target audience.)
What are you going to write about?