Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Be my guest! Free Kindle > April 25, 2012 PST> click on the book!

Whenever an author publishes, they have to accept criticism, which goes with the territory. Still, when I get a bad review, it pierces my heart because I am so emotionally involved in my family's harrowing and beautiful memoirs. Recently, after my Amazon Kindle Free book give a way, I have had some judgmental remarks denigrating the style in which my family's story was presented in We Never Lost Hope. This is what I said on Twitter about that:

I spent considerable time deciding on whether or not We Never Lost Hope should be written in intertwined first person conversations or in a more 'creatively' fictionalized style. I consulted with Doris Ober, Randy Shilts’s editor of  And The Band Played On: Politics, People and the AIDS Epidemic (1987) and with her help, then decided that the stories of my parents and other dear relatives are holy, and I didn't want to adulterate their words to make the reading more convenient for some who might not appreciate the stark contrast between first person and creative license. Sir Martin Gilbert offered to read my manuscript and knocked my socks off by phoning me with encouragement. He also wrote the foreword to We Never Lost Hope.

Yes, much blood, sweat, and tears went into this book. Please believe me when I say that with this last #Free #Kindle give-away comes my heart, on the first anniversary of losing my dearest friend, my mother, one year ago today, on April 25, 2012.

Naomi Litvin
We Never Lost Hope