Day 14 of the Writer Mama Every-Day-In-May-Book Giveaway .
Today’s question: Have you written any personal essays for pleasure or publication? Lela’s essays are sassy and funny. But every essay writer has a unique style and tone. How would you describe yours? (If you don’t write essays for publication already, tell us how you imagine yours would be described.)
My response: I’ve had a number of personal essays appear online and in print, including in Chicken Soup for the Soul, a Cup of Comfort and the Voices of anthology series, The Oregonian, Oregon Humanities, Literary Mama, WomenBloom, Survivor’s Review, and The Fertile Source. My tone varies depending on the publication I am writing for, and the topic I am dealing with. I have penned essays about cancer, my parents’ deaths, middle-age angst, and miscarriage. Obviously these are some of my more somber essays, but even there, I try to keep the essays from becoming ponderous or preachy. On the other end of the spectrum are my lighter and more humorous essays, and here I’ve written about raising kids, my wedding, how we got cats, my mom, and laundry. My goal in writing, is to explore common experiences and look for the humor or bright side in them. My style, I would say, is conversational. While my tone varies from essay to essay, what I hope doesn’t change is my “voice”!
The complete list of all my publications can be found on my “Publications/ Portfolio” page.
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