I am a new member of the Real Lives group and was blown away by the talents within it. If memoirs or books based on the stories of real people is your thing then I suggest you bookmark this page. There is plenty of good reading to be had.
Before I turn to listing some of these authors and their works a few words more: if you too are a memoirist or write books about real lives then I suggest you do two things. First, join the BooksGoSocial Authors Facebook group. Then join us in the Real Lives group.
These are some of group members and some of their books:
I have written numerous books over the course of my life, but my real love is writing narrative books, based on long and confidential interviews. These enable people to talk intimately about their lives, so that their stories come alive on the page. I have just re-launched a book about nurses and other people working in end-of-life care (Life in a Hospice). When this came out ten years ago, it was Highly Commended by the British Medical Association. My most recent book is about what it is like to be a grandmother (Celebrating Grandmothers). Many years ago, I published book was about people with HIV/AIDS at a time when there was no cure (Wise before their Time).
Although American by birth, I live in London with my English husband. I have two children who both live in London and two grandchildren.
Ann has individual websites for her books and you may find out more by clicking on the links below:
Alternatively here are the Amazon links:
Click here to go to the Amazon store to purchase Celebrating Grandmothers
Click here to go to the Amazon store to purchase Life In A Hospice
Brenda Mohammed is a Trinidad and Tobago-based award-winning multi -genre writer and former Bank Manager who has written sixteen books to date. She loves to travel and is a fan of photography and art.
She is on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media.
Three of Brenda’s books have received recognition.
‘I am Cancer Free: A Memoir’ was the Winner in the Category Non-Fiction in the McGrath House Indie Book Awards 2016. The book also received a five- star review and five-star seal from Readers Favorite in February 2017.
‘My Life as a Banker: A Life worth Living’ placed second in the Category Bio/Memoirs in Metamorph’s Publishing Summer Indie Book Awards 2016.
‘Revenge of Zeeka: Horror Trilogy’ received a five-star review and five-star seal from Readers Favorite International on 14th September 2016.
Brenda willingly donates books to children’s hospitals, national libraries, and school libraries.
Click here to go to the Amazon store to purchase Life As A Banker: A Life Worth Living
Mickey Thomas is a first time author who shares life experiences using his down to earth writing style. Mickey and his wife, Hope, have four daughters and five grandchildren. Mickey and Hope have been married for forty years and make their home near Atlanta, Georgia.
The author’s life events lead to guilt, depression and PTSD
At the age of fifteen Mickey loses his older brother who is killed in a car accident; an accident that took split second timing for two cars to come in contact on a remote highway in rural Iowa. At age twenty he arrives in Vietnam as a US Marine Corp Infantryman. The Grass Swale is a section of foot path in Vietnam that changes the lives of six Marines, including the author, who lives with the mental anguish and nightmares caused by post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Walk with Mickey down The Grass Swale.
Click here to go to the Amazon store to purchase The Grass Swale
Lis Norman & Tracey Samios
Tracey Samios & Lis Norman live in Melbourne, Australia and have been best friends for nearly 50 years, since they were 5 years old. They are both married, Tracey has 3 girls (all now young adults) and Lis has 2 twin boys (also young adults). Last year they decided to write an anecdotal book titled “Mum’s the Word” about raising our kids.
Motherhood doesn’t come with a rule book. Sometimes you wonder if anyone feels the same way you do. Am I feeding them right? Am I loving them enough? Can I exchange this one for a newer model that doesn’t cry so much? There’s nothing better than feeling understood, like there’s someone else out there who gets it. This collection of two life long friends’ motherly stories, quotes and memories – both fond and ones they’d sooner forget – will show you there’s no such thing as a perfect mum, and at the end of the day, maybe that’s not such a bad thing.
Click here to go to the Amazon store to purchase Mum’s The Word
Jonathan Fryer is a British writer, lecturer and broadcaster based in London, though he hails originally from Manchester. His birth name was Graeme Leslie Morton but that was changed when he was adopted into a business family in Eccles, as recounted in his memoir “Eccles Cakes”. He left school before completing his sixth form studies to go to the Vietnam War as a freelance reporter for the Manchester Evening News. He studied Chinese and Japanese at Oxford University, later joining Reuters News Agency, which sent him to Brussels. On signing his first book contract (for “The Great Wall of China”) he resigned from Reuters and has been freelance ever since, working mainly for the BBC, Middle Eastern television stations and London University’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). A regular contributor to BBC Radio 4’s “From Our Own Correspondent”, he has reported from or travelled in more than 160 countries round the globe. He has written a number of literary biographies and social histories, including a study of London’s Soho in its heyday. For many years he has been active in the Liberal Democrat Party (previously the Liberal Party), notably standing several times for election to the European Parliament.
Jonathan is a prolific writer with 15 titles to his name on Amazon. You may see all of them here.
His memoir Eccles Cakes is described thus:
At the age of 18 months, Jonathan Fryer was adopted into a prosperous business family in Greater Manchester, but he felt like a fish out of water there. When his adoptive father started interfering with him sexually, his only dream was to get away as far as possible. The seeds were thus sown for him to take on the life of a foreign correspondent, beginning with his leaving home at the age of 18 to cover the Vietnam War.
Eccles Cakes is beautifully written, poignantly touching, disarmingly frank.
Jonathan Fryer graduated from Oxford University with a degree in Oriental Studies. After a spell working for Reuters News Agency he became a freelance writer and broadcaster, working mainly for the BBC and Middle Eastern television channels. A familiar voice from Radio 4’s From Our Own Correspondent, he is the author of a dozen volumes of history, biography and current affairs. He was finally reunited with his birth family in 2014.
Click here to go to the Amazon store to purchase Eccles Cakes
Cheryl B. Evans
Wife, mother, friend and author. Cheryl B. Evans was born and raised in Canada. She has been happily married to her husband for more than twenty-three years and together they have raised two wonderful children, one of whom is transgender. In her spare time, Cheryl is an avid reader of non-fiction books and when she isn’t writing or reading, she enjoys painting with acrylics.
Author Jane Davis interviewed Cheryl in detail on her writing and on her book I Promised Not to Tell. You can read that interview by coping and pasting this link into your browser: http://jane-davis.co.uk/2016/09/06/virtual-book-club-cheryl-b-evans/
Cheryl’s close friend writes this about her: As a person Cheryl B. Evans is determined, and ambitious, frank, persistent and supportive. She loves to laugh, drink flavoured coffee and eat chocolate. She will stop at nothing to support your kids, husband and family. She provides support to friends when they call crying. She is an advisor to all. No matter what the situation is she always comes out strong and smiling.
Cheryl B. Evans co-wrote another successful book under her real name. Unfortunately, do to the sensitivity of her book I Promised Not to Tell we are unable to say much about her other book. We can tell you that it was also a non-fiction book and sold over 50,000 copies in Canada alone.
In reviewing her current book I Promised Not to Tell we think you will find her to be an honest writer who speaks from the heart. It is the author’s personal desire that the book leave a positive mark on the world helping others to better understand transgender people.
I Promised Not to Tell is quite possibly one of the most important books to date on a very controversial and little understood social issue: transgenderism. A genuine, heartfelt and unforgettable LGBT memoir not be missed.
A must read book for anyone wanting to learn more about the transgender journey. It is especially valuable for a parent, relative or friend of a gender questioning or transgender person.
Together, Cheryl and her husband raised their children telling them: “You can be anything and do anything you want in life.” They just never expected to learn that what their youngest daughter desired most was to be a boy. This deeply personal story, told from Mom’s perspective is about discovering the son they never knew they had.
In the beginning, transgender was not even on Mom’s radar. There was a so much to learn. She went from knowing nothing at all about the subject to becoming significantly more knowledgeable. She partook in a journey of learning that evolved into one of self discovery for her as much as for her transgender child. There were valuable lessons and gifted blessings along the way. There were also times of great heartache and pain. Mom was strengthened, she was tested, she wept and she prayed and in the end, she survived as did her transgender child.
If you liked the book Becoming Nicole you will love I Promised Not to Tell.
The journey this family took offers encouragement, support, wisdom and hope to others who may have found themselves on a similar path. Mom shares many of the resources she used along her own family’s journey and extends to you a friendship that goes far beyond the pages of this book.
This is a wonderfully written and thought provoking true story which transitions beautifully between the family’s personal journey and some of the larger societal issues that face the transgender community today.
What is unique about this book is that it follows one gender assured child from birth through the difficult teenage years into young adulthood. You get a real sense of what this family went through. This book shares it all in the hopes of making a difference in what seems like a harsh and cruel world for transgender people.
Even if you don’t know a transgender person this book will make you feel as if you do. One Amazon reviewer even said: “By the end of the book I felt like I had become part of the family.”
If you are a transgender person, this book might be an excellent way to introduce the topic to parents and loved ones. Perhaps helping to pave the way to acceptance and understanding.
If you buy, read and enjoy this transgender book please kindly share your review.
Click here to go to the Amazon store to purchase I Promised Not To Tell
I hope you agree these are amazing people, amazing books and amazing authors. Real Lives Real People Real Authors!
By the way I am Stephen Bentley the author of Undercover: Operation Julie – The Inside Story, an Amazon UK bestseller.
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