Today is Launch Day for The HerStories Project: Women Explore the Joy, Pain and Power of Female Friendship. I am proud to be one of 50 contributors to this new anthology and to be in the company of such fantastic writers. This collection of essays about women’s friendship is a reflection of just how important these relationships can be.
As any parents of a tween, especially a girl, can testify, friendships are hugely important and they can get awfully tricky in middle school and junior high.
Tweens feel a closeness to their friends that they may not have experienced and relish in the joy of sharing laughs and a closeness that is just different from that of friendship at a younger age. Conversely, someone who is a friend one day is not the next. The realization that friends can cause hurt and heartache can be one of the most painful tween moments.
Those ups and downs of female friendship continue throughout adulthood, sometimes with less intensity, and sometimes with every bit as much, if not more, emotion.
The authors of this book share their stories of friendship loss, enduring bonds from childhood, navigating the transition to motherhood, and renegotiating the role of friendship in their adult lives. This anthology will enable readers to find their own stories in the words of others and cause them to reflect on their own unique friendship history.
Jim Valvano said, “To me there are three things everyone should do every day. Number one is laugh. Number two is think -- spend some time time in thought. Number three, you should have your emotions move you to tears. If you laugh, think and cry, that's a heck of a day.”
My friends make me laugh, they challenge me to think and their kindness has moved me to tears on many occasions. The diverse essays in this collection will do the same - they evoke tears, laughter, and a deep recognition and appreciation for the friends with whom women everywhere share their lives.
It's an exciting day to be published in a book. It's even more exciting to know that I got there because of my friends.
You can learn more about the project and fantastic contributors at The HerStories Project website, and you can find the book on Amazon! You can buy a copy of our book—available in paperback and Kindle-- and spread the word to your friends! The book would make a fantastic holiday gift for women- the perfect present for your girlfriend or sister.
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