Please welcome Elena Kirby to this week’s Book Country Member Spotlight. Almost the moment she posted her book THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID for peer review, it started getting a lot of attention. Below she explains how she’s writing and revising her Memoir, her approach toward truth-telling in creative nonfiction, and what she reads to inspire herself to work on her writing.
LS: Tell us about THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID, and tell us why you think it was immediately read and reviewed by so many members!
EK: The book is essentially about me re-entering the dating world and learning about the online dating culture as a thirty-something single mom, although the term ‘re-entering’ might be a stretch because I didn’t exactly date all that much in my twenties (or teens for that matter). So a lot of wild oats are being sown in my story as well. Any kind of dating situation can be awkward, so I’m trying to find the humor in it all to cope with all the strangeness that comes along with going out on a date with a complete stranger. There’s a nice release of tension and anxiety when I can make the stories funny. Maybe the humor is partly why some people have chosen to read it. Also, there is something universal about the experience of dating and meeting someone for the first time who could be “the one” (the anticipation, the nerves twitching, the excitement and disappointment). We’ve all been there and can relate. When someone takes the time to read my story and tells me they know exactly what I mean, I feel a little less lonely knowing other people have gone through or are going through the same thing. Continue reading