What inspired you to write your memoir?
I was inspired to write this memoir by my own experiences of being diagnosed with and treated for breast cancer. Searching online book sites, I found plenty of books about breast cancer, but comparatively few written from a humorous point of view. Being an author of comedy (previously fiction) I jumped upon this as a niche I could fill. Surely I couldn't be the only person who wanted to find the humour in this situation?
About your Book:
How I found humour in breast cancer
When Robin Storey first heard the words, ‘you have breast cancer,’ she burst into tears. But as a comedy fiction author, she couldn’t help finding the humorous side as she underwent treatment, collecting frank and funny stories along the way from other breast cancer survivors.
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with breast cancer and want to feel positive and uplifted, you’ll love this honest, amusing and inspiring book.
How did you decide how to publish your book and where is it published through:
As I am an indie author and have published all my previous novels myself on Amazon and Smashwords, it was an easy decision to publish this book the same way. It is available on Amazon and Smashwords as an e-book and on Amazon in print.
How do you see writing a Memoir as different from writing other genres of books?
As memoir is writing about your own experiences, I think the difference in writing it is that it is often much more emotional – you're reliving parts of your life that weren't always happy. I think you also have to be conscious of not boring the reader – things about your life that you may think are fascinating may not resonate at all with the reader.
That's the reason I also included anecdotes from other breast cancer survivors in my book – to introduce other peoples' experiences, so readers could gain a wider perspective of how others have coped with breast cancer than my experiences alone.
Robin Storey is an indie author who lives on the picturesque Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia. She has published books in a variety of genres – comedy crime, romantic comedy, noir romance and memoir.
Robin is enjoying the challenges and rewards of being an indie author and loves connecting with readers on her Facebook page and her website/blog Storey-Lines. If you go to the website and subscribe to her newsletter, you’ll receive a free copy of her comedy crime novel How Not To Commit Murder.
When she’s not writing and dreaming up stories, Robin likes to get back to nature – hiking or chilling out at the beach. She is a certified book nerd and a useful person to have on your team for quiz nights for the literary questions, but not much else.