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Cheryl Rice on Family, Fear and Happiness @RiceonLife #Memoir #GoodReads #Women

Tell us a bit about your family.
I have been married just over 8 years to my extraordinary husband Alan. In addition to the gift of his love and friendship, he brought his two amazing children into my life. My step-son is a senior in college and my step-daughter is a senior in high school. I also have a 5 year old puppy named Gracie and a cat named Bo. I feel quite blessed.

How do you work through self-doubts and fear?

Walking in nature often helps diminish my self-doubts and fears and connects me with my own essential nature. If I’m still stuck I call a close friend – someone I trust and who can help me reframe my fears and focus on my desires and next steps. I’ve also learned that I don’t need to eliminate my fears to move forward. I just need to gently acknowledge them and take the next best step in the direction of my goals.

What scares you the most?

Having harm come to the people I love most. Not living up to my highest ideals.

What makes you happiest?
Being in my screened in porch on a warm spring or summer day catching up on reading, my dog nestled at my feet, my husband cooking dinner and my kids agreeing to clean it up.

What’s your greatest character strength?
Emotional courage

What’s your weakest character trait?
Taking too much too personally and impatience

Why do you write?
I write to know and be known--to gain some semblance of mastery over my lived experience and to offer that experience to others in a way that allows them to go deeper into their own lives.

Have you always enjoyed writing?
This is a funny question as I don’t think I’ve ever truly enjoyed writing. Writing is not a vocation I was trained for. I enjoy the experience of “having written” much more than writing. Writing is fairly agonizing most of the time for me.

What motivates you to write?

A potent desire for self-expression and self-knowledge and a wish to move and inspire others.

What writing are you most proud of?
Well certainly I’m most proud of my recent memoir, Where Have I Been All My Life? A Journey Toward Love and Wholeness as it represents the accomplishment of a life-long dream and also required a tremendous amount of personal fortitude beyond the technical writing. I’m also quite proud of an essay I had published in The Philadelphia Inquirer about my relationship with my children’s mother. Here is the link: http://www.philly.com/philly/opinion/inquirer/20140811_Mutual_love_of_children_unites_mom_and_stepmom.html

Where Have I Been All My Life

Where Have I Been All My Life? is a compelling memoir recounting one woman’s journey through grief and a profound feeling of unworthiness to wholeness and healing. It begins with the chillingly sudden death of Rice’s mother, and is followed by her foray into the center of mourning. 
With wisdom, grace, and humor, Rice recounts the grief games she plays in an effort to resurrect her mother; her efforts to get her therapist, who she falls desperately in love with, to run away with her; and the transformation of her husband from fantasy man to ordinary guy to superhero. In the process, she experiences aching revelations about her family and her past—and realizes what she must leave behind, and what she can carry forward with her.

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Genre – Memoir
Rating – PG-13
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