A Portrait of Elyse: Through the Eyes of Her Grandaughter

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AuthorHouse, Dec 11, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 76 pages

I fell in love with words when I was a little girl, and dreamed of being an author. As I grew older I realized I needed experience in order to make my writing interesting. I put the idea of writing aside for awhile and experienced the joys of living. I spent 4 years in the United States Air Force, 2 years as a flight attendant, and countless others jobs from being a maid to spending 24 years in the telecommunication industry. Life experience I have gained and its been great traveling the world interacting with people in many walks of life. At 61 I am ready to pursue the dream I have carried with me for most of my life. The saying that it is not the destination, but the journey that counts, is a true statement, and in my case the journey is not over yet, but so far has been fantastic. The rest of my life I hope to enjoy as an author.

 

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About the author (2006)

From the pen of her Granddaughter is based on my paternal grandmother Elsie Bolden. Writing has been a part of my coping with life mechanism for a very long time. In processing what I would write about in my first book I decided my grandmother Elsie deserved to be written about. Not because of who or how she was, but how I saw her. I didn’t have the facts of her life to make it a true biography; therefore, I have fictionalized much of it to try and portray the life of a black woman. Sometimes we look at older people and see them as they appear before us. We often forget our experiences could very well be the same as theirs were, and we really can learn a lot from them. Unless they made great accomplishments in their lives we tend to dismiss their experiences as trivial.

In writing this book based on my grandmother’s life, I have found a love and acceptance of her I never had while she was alive.

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