The following interview was done by Lisa Marie Basile on Suite 101.

Memoir Writing Tips:
Advice From The Memory Writers Network

Jerry Waxler, founder of "Memory Writers Network," shares some of his extensive memoir knowledge with writers. From learning how to write about one's life to remembering instances, Waxler provides writers with some insightful information about the oft-misunderstood and fear-inducing memoir.

Lisa Marie Basile: What is Memory Writers Network? What does it offer for readers and writers?

Jerry Waxler: In 2004, I became interested in developing my own memoir. I took classes and wrote a few anecdotes. To learn more, I began to study how other people wrote memoirs, and in 2007 I started a blog in order to share what I learned. Since then I have written more than 200 essays, book reviews, interviews, and writing prompts.


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Literary Journals in New York:
Literary Insight From NYC Editor


Sitting down with Andrew E. Colarusso, Editor in Chief of Broome Street Review, he tells readers all about writing, publishing and finding inspiration in New York City, a very literary city. Colarusso self-published his photo-essay collection Bonneville, which covers the gentrification in North Philadelphia. He edits what he calls the "illustrious New York journal, The Broome Street Review."

Lisa Marie Basile: Tell us about yourself and The Broome Street Review.

Andrew E. Colarusso: First of all thank you Lisa for having me. It's always an honor and a pleasure to know that the work I've been doing is of interest to someone aside from myself. I've always felt a bit awkward introducing myself which I think is the perfect introduction in this instance because it tells you a lot about who I am.

Lisa Marie Basile: As a writer in New York City, what is your biggest challenge and advantage? Andrew E. Colarusso: I was born and raised in Brooklyn with intermittent periods of life spent in Puerto Rico. My greatest challenge as a writer in New York City has been a constant negotiation with death. New York City is born every morning and dies every night, if you'll pardon the romanticism.

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The Index — Book 1: Mages

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Caper:Tell us about the plot?
KG: In short: people from other worlds end up on Earth for a break from their job, except the job follows them. As they go back to duty, they question what led them to where they are, as well as what they deem important.

Caper: Where did the inspiration come from?
KG: The inspiration came from a variety of sources. I read old-time legends for some time as a child, watched a lot of documentaries, even the Twilight Zone series - and then I started wondering, how would we be viewed by people who aren't from around here - as literally as possible. What would the world outside of Earth be like for them? What's really 'home' as the case may be? The story seed got planted and just had to germinate for a while. I fleshed out a couple of possibilities when I was younger but, come college, the plot finally ripened enough to where I could put it to work.

Caper: Tell us about your publishing methods and any advice you might have in this arena.
KG: Considering I self-published, I am not one to talk about much outside of that. Securing an agent is a Herculean task in this day and age, and I assure you that it was not for lack of trying on my part, but the traditional publishing route didn't happen. But self-publishing is a very freeing way to go about it, considering that the author is in control of every aspect of things. To me, it is the perfect avenue, because I like being on top of what is happening with the book, and the control is unparalleled.

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Books or authors you prefer?
  1. Any and all Sherlock Holmes
  2. Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith
  3. The Boleyn Trilogy by Philippa Gregory (The Constant Princess, the Other Boleyn Girl, The Boleyn inheritance)

Moonshine you adore?
I'm a sucker for an aged Pinot Noir. So far, I have a favorite in Napa Valley 2005, and a 2003 Cabernet also hits the spot nicely. In my off hours, I prefer a Cosmopolitan.
 
Imaginary author conversation?
I have two authors in mind. David Baldacci, because I want to know how he got into the crime-writing genre to begin with, and Charles Dickens, because I want to know what he saw that played into his stories. Since what an author sees greatly plays into the end result, I would want to know, in both cases: what exactly had they seen that played into those stories?
Writing music?
My music selection is very random. I go for modern jazz, rock, occasionally alternative and/or foreign music.

Jazz Age authors:
Hemingway is my closet favorite author of the time. Closet because I don't get to read him as often as I would like - nor any author, because things get busy in a hurry - but I can bravely say that much like jazz music itself, they paved a new literary path for their fellow authors. As of late though, I'm drawn to historical fiction.

Wisdom:
To all the aspiring authors out there - nothing ventured, nothing gained. Go for it. Go for your dreams. Write that book, write that poetry, make it happen. There is no such thing as impossible.

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