Hello world!

Standing here on the threshold of my first ever blog entry, I find myself feeling both intimidated and empowered.

Intimidated because I’ve spent the last few years of my life quietly locked away writing my memoir, ‘Fly Away Home’. Chained to my Mac with nothing more than a cup of tea and my own thoughts. No one reading or judging my words except myself and all my secrets still safely tucked away.

I confess I was neither a writer nor a journalist. I was simply a woman with a story. After deciding to tell my story, I attended a series of write your life stories workshops, in the Hague. My teacher was the very gifted and talented author, Jo Parfitt. Jo also happens to be a publisher, who believes my story can and will find an audience.

I must also admit my grammar skills are horrendous. If you continue to read my blog which I hope you will, you may find yourself wondering… How did she write a book, when she can’t even get her commas in the right place? I’ll tell you how…editing. A good editor has the ability to turn all the ramblings of a writer into a nice and tidy little package called a book. I was lucky enough to get Jane Dean to edit my book. Jane has gone above and beyond in supporting me throughout this process.

Finally, everything has been pulled together by the talented designer Lisa Hall at lemonberry.com Lisa has created and transformed the contents of my manuscript into a coherent whole. She is also responsible for designing my awesome book cover.

These women are like three fairy godmothers, making all my dreams come true.

Oh yeah, and why do I feel empowered? Because on April 20, 2012 my book Fly Away Home will make its debut at the American Book Center in the Hague!

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About maggiemyklebust

I grew up on the Jersey Shore and now live in Norway. I have also lived in Houston and the Netherlands. I have written a memoir called Fly Away Home.

Posted on March 2, 2012, in writing. Bookmark the permalink. 18 Comments.

  1. I can’t wait to see it in print Maggie!
    Thanks for your kind words of praise.
    Its your story told so emotively that it will have your readers going for the tissues – that deserves all the praise! (And you think your grammar is bad!)

  2. Louann Angelo

    Maggie, I admire your bravery and look forward to reading your book.

  3. Congratulations! It takes guts to sit down, write about your life, then open it to the world. Being brave is something you’ve always done which is why you’ve been able to do this. Bravo!

  4. Well Maggie I have known you since the 4th grade…my very best friend in the world. I have been with you through thick and thin. I admire the wonderful person you are, and I cannot be prouder of you. Your life experiences have made you who you are today. I cannot wait to share the next 50 with you! Congratulations!

  5. Well done, Maggie! Can’t wait to read your book 🙂

  6. Super excited to read your book! Can’t wait to find out what crazy things my mom and her best friend did growing up! 🙂

  7. Ever since my memory has started I have Loved, Respected and Admired you….You are a Wonderful Sister and a Beautiful Person!!! Congratulation’s on all your life acheivements and the incredible future that life has in store for you!!! I Love you Margaret ❤

  8. Well, done, Maggie. You made it. In a few short weeks your book will be for sale worldwide via Amazon and other online bookstores. Writing a book is a dream shared by over 90% of people.. you are one of the 2% who actually did something about it. Be proud of yourself, you deserve it. Jo

  9. annie siersema potter

    maggie- i’m so happy for you! looking forward to your book launch in amsterdam- then my visit in norway! thank you for including me xoxo annie (one of your jersey girls)

  10. I am so excited to get your book and read your story in print. I always knew you could do it and am extremely proud of your commitment and accomplishment.
    Love you and miss you our time together in the Hague.
    Sylvia

  11. Thank you Sylvia for always believing in me…even when I didn’t.

  12. Dear Maggie!
    When Harry told me that you were going to write a book I thougth that it was a brilliant idea! I am so glad that you dear to do it! I look forward to read “Fly Away Home”.
    Klem Jane Kindem

  13. debbie peters tomes

    I can’t wait to read the book either, i’m loving you’re blog!!!!!

  14. Thanks Debbie…that means a lot!

  15. Congratulations, Maggie! I can’t wait to read your book. I have already alerted my Minnesota friends to the release date.

  16. Thanks Kathy, I really appreciate it!

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