"Why do you do this?"
Giving talks 6-7 times a year is actually something I do for fun. I don't get clients from it (That happens at writers conferences and pitchfests, or more often by word-of-mouth.)
I give talks to connect with new writers and especially those just beginning the process of writing their memoir. It's a way of getting out of the office and into people's lives.
About one-third of my time is spent traveling, and the other two-thirds is spent in my office, typing madly to beat another self-imposed deadline.
Honestly, I really love hearing other people's stories. People come alive when they stumble into that "aha" moment and realize this is what they're meant to do. We talk about psychological and real barriers to writing your own story. Then we get down to the fun part, exercises and mind traps that lead you into the story you didn't know was there.
Along the way people realize this isn't just a fun project -- its a way to heal your family and draw closer to one another. It opens up lines of communication like nothing else. Time after time, I see family members drawn into sharing their stories and learning something new, like how amazing it is to be a part of this special group.
Along the way, you discover things about yourself and your loved ones, like who really stole the cookies from the cookie jar. But that's another story...