What inspired you to write your memoir?
I wanted to be able to return to the happiest time in my life, albeit, also the saddest time. I had written notes about the events at the time they were happening, and over time, the notes had begun to fade, much like my memory of details. So I decided to type up the notes before they were ruined. As I was working my way through crafting the story, I knew I wanted to share it. Thus, the book became a reality.
About your Book:
My book is a memoir, a poignant love story about my friend and I as we experienced our first loves with two guys who were also friends. It is set in the late 1960′s under the shadow of the Vietnam War, and set to the tune of the music of our era.
How did you decide how to publish your book and where is it published through:
The book is published with assistance from Printstar Publishing, here in Milwaukee, WI. I picked this publisher because he was local, was extremely helpful, and allowed me to learn from the whole experience.
How do you see writing a Memoir as different from writing other genres of books?
It has been more difficult to share my book with people I know than with strangers – that’s odd, I know, but sometimes the story is so personal, I’m not sure I want to have certain people know that much about my life.
Deborah (Donaldson) Chamberlain began her writing career when she was in seventh grade, crafting improbable chapters about unexpectedly meeting, along with her friends, the musical group The Beatles, who, of course fell madly in love with naive school girls from another country. If someone asks Deborah about those stories, it will surely bring a smile as she remembers how silly those writings were, but she’ll also mention that it was rather gratifying when friends waited breathlessly for her to finish the next chapter.
The writing bug bit again after Deborah was selected to be one of a group of annual Community Columnists for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Even though not all of the reader comments were supportive, most were. It was a thrill to have one of her columns read aloud by one of the on-air talents, to a wide and diverse audience on radio station WTMJ-AM. But one of the most enjoyable writing assignments was her contribution to Confessions of Shameless Dating,10 when Deborah recounted how she and her sister were able to wrangle “Free Drinks All Night.”
Deborah’s professional career has involved her in marketing, advertising and public relations, leading her to start her own firm, Donaldson Media & Marketing Services, LLC, in 1998. Deborah earned a Masters of Arts degree in Mass Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. While in graduate school, Deborah was also a teaching assistant for the chairman of the Mass Communications department. After a few years gaining experience in the advertising industry, she taught classes in media, principles of advertising and consumer behavior, part-time for several other universities.
The mother of a graduate from the Northwestern University School of Communications, Deborah watched her daughter mirror her footsteps when Becca wrote a press release for her high school’s “Box Out” fundraiser. To Deborah’s chagrin, the Associated Press picked up Becca’s article, while Deborah has yet to break into that honored group.
And, while thinking about those early Beatles stories is embarrassing, Deborah still hopes to one day meet Paul McCartney so she can apologize to him in-person for those silly love stories.
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Originally posted 2012-09-28 12:22:58.