When I decided to pitch my first memoir to potential agents or publishing houses in Australia, one of the most persistent questions that came up was: WHY? Why precisely was I compelled to write my story and why did I wish to share it with an audience? Why is my story important to me and how do I think my audience will benefit from it?
When I was a little girl, maybe nine years old, I started reading almost obsessively. The library was my personal treasure trove, giving me access to new worlds and ideas that came alive in the books I borrowed. At home, I would sit and calculate the time until the library would close and count the number of pages remaining in a book; I then averaged it out to a page per minute ratio. The aim was to speed-read so I could finish the book in time to borrow two new titles for the week (I was not good at math but miraculously, I managed this calculation just fine!).