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Friday, June 1, 2018

Good Notes Can Lead To Memoirs

“Most memoir writers will tell you that the hardest part of writing a memoir isn't what to include, but what to leave out.” – Kathleen Flinn

A native of Michigan, Flinn – who was born on this date in 1967 – is a memoirist, a journalist, and a chef, perhaps best known for her New York Times bestseller The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry.   After earning a degree in journalism from Columbia College in Chicago, she wrote for newspapers and magazines in a number of states and nationally, including time as an obituary writer in Sarasota, Fla.  That experience was – in a way – her first experience writing “memoirs.”  

It was also at that time that she started thinking about attending culinary school at the world-famous Le Cordon Bleu and her book is the first to provide an in-depth look at attending and graduating from the famed Paris culinary school.  To date, it has been translated into nine languages and sold in more than 60 countries.  But, she said, when she thinks about her writing, it usually comes back to her time on the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.     
                           “I didn’t realize it at the time, but writing obituaries was one of best jobs that I've ever had. After all, it's the only time that someone will ever laminate my work and put it in their Bible. Plus, let's be honest, writing obits in Sarasota is a very busy job. The old saying was that old people lived in Miami, but their parents lived in Sarasota.”

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