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Silent Courage: My First Author Talk

Last Thursday I had the good fortune to do my first Author Talk in my hometown of Chicago at Women & Children First, an independent bookstore that has historically prided itself in supporting women’s voices for over 30 years. Much of my story takes place in different locations within the Chicago area and it’s where most of my siblings and family still reside. It was such an awesome feeling being surrounded with the love and support of family and friends.

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Choosing to write and publish my story was not an easy one. In addition to the time and money it was going to take, I had reservations about how other family members might feel about me talking about our shared lives together. I was worried and “waited for the other shoe to fall.” My fears at times were stronger than my desire to write.

Thankfully, fear did not win. And what I never anticipated was that choosing to be vulnerable would open doors not only for myself but for my siblings. Our shared conversations tell me that they see the value of revisiting their personal stories for the healing it might hold for them.

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The occasion allowed me to touch base with how becoming an author at age 62 has inspired the younger members of our family. Their presence and encouragement allowed me to assure them that dreams can come true. And that they should never give up believing in the desires that resonate within their  hearts.

In the words of Joseph Campbell, “Follow your bliss.” It has unseen rewards.

 

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About Mary Byrne Eigel

Before writing children’s books, Mary spent many years teaching in classrooms and creating art in her studio. She was born with bi-lateral hip dysplasia, a painful condition that causes normal activities, like walking, to be challenging. As a child, when Mary had to trek long distances, she often wished she had a wheelchair. For her, a wheelchair offered pain-free opportunities, not limitations. Mary grew up in Chicago, which is the lakefront inspiration for the town of Sail. She lives in Missouri with her husband and two dogs, Beaux and Trey.

6 responses »

  1. I am thrilled for you, Mary. You Go Girl!!

  2. Mary Byrne Eigel

    Beth, thanks. It was special!

  3. Mary your book was amazing , I read it from cover to cover in one sitting . I literally could not put it down . I felt as though you were speaking it to me in person . I was completely unaware that you and your family were going through this . In all those years with the girls and there friendship and sporting events etc , never once did I ever hear anything less than positive from George or Katie . You have an amazing family ! We are all looking forward to seeing you all again at book signing ! Love to you all , Dar &. Rick

  4. Mary Byrne Eigel

    Dar, you are such an avid reader. I know it must feel strange to think that all this was such a guarded secret, but I learned what the world taught me. Just glad I can be in a place where honesty is a better option. Can’t wait to see you guys at Garland! Love, Mary

  5. Sorry, I’ve so long been out of touch. Congratulations of the publication of your book!

  6. Mary Byrne Eigel

    Phylor, thank you. No apologies, I took a long hiatus while writing the book. Hope all is well with you. Mary

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