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Hopefully, better late than never...Well, I'm very behind on shouting my own praises, but here's most of a press release that was sent out in a more timely fashion:

"Best Books of Spring" San Francisco Book Fest Picks "TellTale Souls Writing Mother Memoir."

San Francisco Book Festival 2012 competition honored Lynn Cook Henriksen’s new “TellTale Souls Writing the Mother Memoir” guidebook on creatively writing memoir as a winner in the how-to category for “Best Books of the Spring.” Peruse The Story Woman blog for writing tips and exercises, book reviews, and stories inspired by this original and unconventional writing method.

In a tough competition that attracted entries from around the globe, Lynn Henriksen’s “TellTale Souls Writing the Mother Memoir: How to Tap Memory and Write Your Story Capturing Character & Spirit” made the grade using a step-by-step method that shows daughters and sons how to “Keep Spirits Alive.” The book has the power to move people and change awareness.

To write well, be that memoir or fiction, start by writing a true story about a ‘mother figure.’ This book, focusing on technique and true tales, draws people deep into the heart and soul of why writing the Mother Memoir is important work.

Lynn Henriksen, an intuitive leader and writing coach of story salons and workshops, knows tapping memory and learning to write with honesty about intimate, sometimes trying, relationships is the most valuable form of writing. The book takes readers on a journey through emotional terrain to access the deepest spiritual truths of intimate relationships. By way of specific triggers unexpected impressions will emerge and evolve as the author shows daughters and sons how to discover their mother’s individuality and write to tell about it by answering this question, “If you could tell just one small story that would capture your mother’s character and keep her spirit alive, what would it be?”

Find the secrets to answering this key question via intriguing prompts and exercises throughout the guidebook’s Five Acts—steps to success—interwoven with 40 inspired memoirs by TellTale Souls who have walked this path.

From a new perspective, Lynn Henriksen guides readers and writers to that tender spot deep inside to locate striking memories, and then to move the hint of fragrance, the turn of a phrase, the hum of a tune, the flash of an eye, the back of a hand, or a fragment of family ritual into a remarkable short, true story about mother. People new to writing will find the writing process demystified, and professional authors will encounter abundant food for thought and innovative techniques to get their creative juices flowing.

“Rarely does a book carve out a unique place for itself within the hallowed halls of writerly advice and wisdom, yet Ms. Henriksen has fearlessly stepped into uncharted, original waters with this book that brings to mind ‘Writing Down the Bones’ by Natalie Goldberg and ‘Walking on Water’ by Madeleine L'Engle… It is destined to be one of the classics required to complete the journey for writing the truth and writing it well.”  —River Jordan, author of “Praying for Strangers: An Adventure of the Human Spirit.”

As Lynn Henriksen discovered a profound way to keep mothers’ spirits alive after witnessing Alzheimer’s disease ravage her mother’s mind, she has helped hundreds of daughters and sons capture in brief memoirs the memories and feelings they never thought they could record.  The creation of each Mother Memoir is the immediate side to this journey of discovery, but there are far reaching effects brought about by "TellTale Souls Writing the Mother Memoir: How to Tap Memory and Write Your Story Capturing Character & Spirit" as well. Sharing our mothers’ authenticity through story fills voids, reenergizes spirits, and links souls as universal connections are illuminated, recognized, understood, and celebrated.

Lynn Cook Henriksen, aka The Story Woman, is CEO of TellTale Souls, an enterprise promoting writing memoir creatively through workshops, classes, speaking presentations, and the new guidebook, "TellTale Souls Writing the Mother Memoir: How to Tap Memory and Write Your Story Capturing Character & Spirit."