Today, we’re excited to have Jennifer Haupt join us. She contributes to a wide variety of magazines, and also hosts the Psychology Today blog, One True Thing, an online salon of interviews with best-selling authors and essays about the moments that matter most. Her first foray into e-publishing, “Will you be my mother? The Quest to Answer Yes,” includes three personal stories, one of which began as an essay that sat at a widely read magazine for three years before it was, ultimately, killed. Now she’s using that essay to raise money for a worthy cause. All author profits from her e-book during May 2014 will be donated to mothers2mothers, a nonprofit working to stop the legacy of AIDS in Africa.
Hope Edelman, author of Motherless Daughters, has this to say about Jennifer’s work:
Jennifer Haupt writes poignantly about the connections and missed connections between mothers and daughters—the love, the silence, the longing. With eloquence and grace, she shares a series of stories that reveal how our first relationship imprints and influences us forever.
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During the past 25 years I have cranked out brochures about widgets and portals, gone to Haiti and Africa on assignment, spent eight years and counting on a novel that may never be published, been pulled over for speeding while cursing out O, The Oprah Magazine for killing my Haiti story, sold book proposals and buried a few in the bottom desk drawer marked “graveyard”…
Well, you get the picture. (And, may I add, not always a pretty one. Sorry, Oprah!)
Every one of these projects has been, if not strategic, at least a part of some broader plan.
Marketing writing during Seattle’s tech boom in the late 90s helped to fund my trip to Rwanda, where I found the bones of my novel. Writing fiction has made me a more skilled and creative nonfiction writer. The Haiti story that never made it into O, The Oprah Magazine because there was no happy ending has served as a piece of a larger creative nonfiction book project.