What inspired you to write your memoir?
My reason for undertaking this provocative and controversial revealing of my lifes story stems from the unexpected and radical change that took place in my life, years ago, when this happily married wife and mother, was visited by a love that knew no boundaries. A chance encounter at a prayer meeting, where I met Kate, would not only open the door to a strange, frightening and unknown world, but a relentless love that would try and prove us at every turn. It was a time where nothing was sacred and fear was king.
Indiscriminately, I’ve documented each step of my life changing journey, even though it meant revealing the raw, and ugliest details of my personal life. I did so, because of the importance of reflecting the inner strength of the human spirit when one is confronted with unexpected, unsought after, and life stirring events that each of us may encounter on our path. It reveals the truth that no obstacle, circumstance, event, or situation is insurmountable, if you are willing to walk in truth, faith, and trust in yourself and a power greater than the essence of who you are.
It is my belief that “A Fall to New Heights” is a game changer for anyone looking to live a life where fear becomes the chains that bind and prevents one from living their authentic truth and best life.
About your Book:
“A Fall to New Heights” reveals the passion, pain, fear, panic and utter helplessness that dominated the lives of two women and their family’s,
when each woman, awakened to a love that knew no boundaries. It speaks to the stranger that entered my world, in the summer of 1973, tearing the tapestry of a happily married life and motherhood to shreds. With the uttermost candor, an unexpected, surprising, and amazing life story unfolds, in the most unbelievable way.
This non-traditional love story reveals the prejudice, judgement and demands that surfaced within my family and community when two married women stepped out of the shadow and into the light to announce their love for one another; a love that would not succumb to logic or outer expectations.
Threatened, shunned and ultimately rejected, because we no longer fit into the stereotype that society demanded. Kate and I were faced with two choices: to be ruled by fear and guilt or embrace the love that had awakened within us. Should we have sacrificed our love and passion to build a life together, and crumbled under the pressure and demands of family, friends and others to do the ‘right’ thing? What would have taken more of a toll. to live a lie or honor out authentic truth?
How did you decide how to publish your book and where is it published through:
After receiving numerous rejections from traditional publishers, and with a passion to see my memoir in print, I decided to self-publish, knowing that my story contained a powerful and needed message to those looking to overcome the obstacles and problems they were facing.
How do you see writing a Memoir as different from writing other genres of books?
Writing a memoir demands that one opens their soul to the inner and outer workings of their life. It means speaking the truth at all costs, in hopes of helping another to realize there is more to living a life of fear, guilt, questions and doubt. A memoir exposes the writer at their deepest level and can be a frightening task at best; it’s a risk it all venture.
Sidney Andrews is a mother, retired nurse, author, encouragement speaker and a psychology graduate from Worcester State College, in Massachusetts. She resides in Port St. Lucie, Florida with her partner of 39 years. She continues to fulfill her passion of writing to make a difference in the lives of others, and just released her second book “Journey into Thought” Awakening to Spirit. She is a contributing writer for examiner.com.
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