There are many good reasons to write a memoir or autobiography, and as a ghostwriter and book coach of personal life stories I consistently hear those diverse motivations for going public with something that happened. One common driving force is the desire to launch or support an important mission or cause. Two newly published books by clients I have assisted do that in a strong and powerful way.
Cheryl Hughes Musick lost her daughter, her first-born child, to drug addiction. Misty, a talented pianist and singer who lifted spirits whenever she walked into a room, was only 34 years old when a drug-caused auto accident took her life. When tragedy struck, she was only months removed from serving time in jail for crimes triggered by her habit. She had gone clean while incarcerated and things were looking up in her life. She was teaching yoga classes, leading worship groups and reconnecting with her three children. Her mother was right beside her in the quest to steer clear of drugs and transform her life. But Misty didn’t make it, and Cheryl was devastated. In her grief, however, something else took hold: a desire to sound the alarm for other addicts and their families to take action now so that they didn’t suffer the same fate as her daughter and family.
Her new book, “The Day the Musick Died: A Mother-Daughter Addiction Journey of Suffering, Loss and a Ray of Hope” recounts the many years of trying to help Misty help herself. It also touches hearts and minds in a way that any good memoir will do, and it leaves readers inspired to try to make a difference in our nation’s serious battle against drug addiction and its horrendous impact. You can learn more about this compelling book and Cheryl’s mission here:
Kim Moretto Niemeier has a different kind of mission. She believes that World War II stories still need to be told, and that it’s now up to the children of those who served to bring those stories to light. Her father, Fred Moretto, was a fighter pilot whose Thunderbolt was shot down over France six days after D-Day. Simple farmers and villagers who supported the French resistance risked their own lives to hide Fred from the Germans for more than two months, before the Allies liberated the country. Fred never forgot their heroism, and almost 50 years later, urged on by his daughter Kim, he returned to France and reunited with those who saved him . Kim was right there, tears in her eyes, to see the joyful and poignant reunion, and it inspired her to dig deeper into what happened to her dad. That quest continued even after his passing and resulted in her book, “In the Hands of Strangers: A World War II Story of Courage, Heroism and and Enduring Friendship”:
Do you have a mission or cause to support in a memoir or autobiography that you need to write?
– Kevin Quirk, Memoir Ghostwriter at Life Is a Book