Leslie Rupley

About me

I gained perspective on the twentieth century through the eyes of my clients, elders who experienced it by living through the Great Depression and the war years. As a Personal Historian, I listened to their stories and wrote their memoirs. Their recollections of a not so distant past stirred my imagination, which led to my first work of fiction, Beyond the Silk Mills.

It’s the story of an immigrant family in conflict and the tragedy resulting from the mother’s single-minded pursuit of wealth and position.

After writing for others, I’m thoroughly enjoying the thrill of creating my own fictitious world.

From my website

Memoir or Autobiography?

To think of writing an autobiography is overwhelming, but consider writing a memoir one story at a time and it’s doable. We want to write our family stories, yet may wince at the thought of an autobiography, a daunting word to say the least. Matilda Butler clarifies the difference between…

My Teenage Idol

Dinner and Jacks at Angie’s, My Teenage Idol I was a bee, crammed in a hive with incessant buzzing around me. Nana was the queen, situated in her own quiet bedroom. Mom and Dad slept in the converted living room with baby Jon’s cradle pushed up against their bed, leaving…

Memoir: Plausible Detail or Lying? You Decide

There’s a fine line in memoir writing between making up facts (lying), and enhancing memoir with plausible detail. At what point does an author deliberately mislead the memoir reader? Jane Friedman https://janefriedman.com/writing-advice-archive/ offers an archived guest post by Tracy Seeley called When Is Lying in Memoir Acceptable? 3 Key Issues. Read…

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