Author Sherri Rabinowitz has just released her first non-fiction book entitled Entering My Second Half. Today, you’ll get to meet my multi-talented friend, find out how she stepped out of her fiction-writing-comfort-zone to write a memoir, and then you’ll read a humorous excerpt from her latest book. I couldn’t keep from smiling at Sherri’s charming retelling of an unexpected meeting with Mr. Garner (that’s right—Hollywood celebrity James Garner) at Universal Studios, where employees got around the lot via golf carts, when Sherri was 16 years old. I clicked over to Amazon and downloaded a copy of Sherri’s new book to my kindle. I know you’ll enjoy today’s excerpt. ~ Bette A. Stevens http://www.4writersandreaders.com
Finding My Path to Memoir
Guest post by Sherri Rabinowitz
When I was about to hit 50 years old it seemed like I was heading straight for a brick wall. I could feel so many things changing in my life. It felt like the end of the world. So I did what I usually do when I have issues, I wrote in my journal and tried to figure out what was going on in my pointed little head.
The first thing I did was write two columns on a piece of paper, the good things I have done in my life and the bad. The first piece of good news was that my good column was far longer than my bad. Whew! But then as I read all I had done, the places I have been, the people I have met, what I had accomplished I thought, this might make a good book.
At first I was thinking of fictional and I did use some bits of it in one or two of my books; but as I continued writing in my diary, I thought it would be good therapy to write a memoir. I had never written non-fiction and I was (I still am, really) scared out of my wits to tackle non-fiction. I am a fiction writer after all, what on Earth did I know about non-fiction?
But it is my life and who is an expert on my life? Just me. I also thought about the fact that I have tackled other things that I was scared of—acting, writing, hosting a radio show…. none of these things came easily to me. I am, believe it or not, a shy person who continues to do what I do because of a weird drive that is within me. So I thought this would be another challenge, another adventure.
Well this little adventure took four years to write and it was not easy. Whole chunks were put in and taken out. I had to worry about things I never really worried about when writing fiction so it was not an easy transition but it was ultimately satisfying, I am proud of my life and my story. My biggest hope is that some of the lessons I learned will help others, and inspired them to try new and scary things too.
Read an excerpt
from ENTERING MY SECOND HALF by Sherri Rabinowitz
Over the hill came my hero in a golf cart. To my astonishment it was none other than James Garner. “What are you doing here all alone?”
I quietly explained it to him. He told me to get in the golf cart. I was 16 years old, but I looked like I was 13. I was often asked on the tour if I was old enough to be working there and where are my parents? I think Mr. Garner thought I was younger than I actually was, but he insisted that I get into the golf cart so he could take me back to civilization. To me, he was Rockford and Maverick, so I did what I was told.
We chatted amicably about school, my ambitions, the little theater and how excited I was to meet him. He was sweet, friendly and to be frank—quite fatherly. I think he had children my age and probably felt protective of anyone my age. He really reminded me of my Dad so I trusted him. We got to the toll booth, which was my base, and he said I should stay in the cart.
Then he went into the tollbooth and really gave it to my boss: How dare he leave a child out in the middle of nowhere? How could you leave her there without a car or walkie-talkie? Anything could have happened to her. It was quite loud because I could clearly hear him in his cart.
My boss said they didn’t have walkie-talkies and that I was just sixteen and didn’t have a car yet. But Mr. Garner was not accepting that. He said that it was dangerous; he said he didn’t want anyone up there without a car or a means of communication.
Then he came out to me and said I wasn’t in trouble. That I would only be assigned to jobs in the parking lot or in the studio. I thanked him and then I meekly came into the toll booth.
Ross, my boss, smiled and told me, “It’s not your fault.” And from that day on I was assigned crowd control inside the tour. Thank you Mr. Garner.
Years later, James Garner was at the Universal Sheraton. I worked and lived near there so I went to the gym at the Sheraton. He was promoting the new Rockford Files. (A young Renee O’Connor co- starred in one of them) I went up to him and asked for an autograph. And I asked if he remembered me. He said that I looked familiar. I told him about the story and he smiled replying, “That sounds like me. Well you grew up to be a lovely young woman.” I blushed, and said thank you. Then I was on cloud nine for about a week.
Take a “Look Inside” ENTERING MY SECOND HALF at http://www.amazon.com/Entering-Second-Half-Sherri-Rabinowitz-ebook/dp/B015T985JO/
Other books by Sherri Rabinowitz
- Murder Inc. —Alex Bennett led a double life. She was known the world over as the highly successful founder of a toy software company. But she was also the head of the infamous Murder, Inc. A situation she didn’t want but felt an obligation to fulfill.
- Fantasy Time Inc.—Readers follow Anne on a trip to the pre-Civil War South with her client, Heather, who wants to be Scarlett O’Hara, the belle of the ball. But Anne warns her, she cannot alter the past, or it will alter the time line, and that is against the rules. But when Anne meets Morgan, will she break those rules herself? Or is the dashing man, her destiny?
- Different Is Beautiful—Sherri Rabinowitz and Anja Gruber have found a unique way to encourage self-esteem in little ones while helping them develop a sense of appreciation and respect for everyone and everything in the world around them. A portion of the profits from this book will go to Anti-Bullying Charities.
Find Sherri Rabinowitz
- Author page on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Sherri-Rabinowitz/e/B004YTKO86/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0
- Chatting With Sherri: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rithebard
Thank you for stopping by for a visit today. Sherri and I look forward to reading your comments on today’s post.
Happy reading and writing,
Bette A. Stevens, Maine author/illustrator
Comments on: "Author Sherri Rabinowitz: Finding My Path to Memoir" (21)
I hope you enjoy it Bette A. Stevens 🙂
Thank you very much, cathleentownsend there are quite a few stories like this with different celebrities and dignitaries I have been privileged to meet. 🙂
Lovely story. If your memoir is filled with snippets like this, the time writing it was well-spent.
I’m looking forward to the read! 🙂
Thank you very much, macjam47 I hope you enjoy it 🙂
Thank you Micki Peluso, it was a special moment to me that I have always cherished. Yes, I like that kind of memoir very much but just decided I am too young to write a full out memoir so I went the scattered memories and what I have learned from them approach. But I am back to work on my fiction now 🙂
This sounds like a wonderful book, and memoirs are some of my favorite reads. I will definitely add this one to my TBR.
Thanks, Michelle. Memoirs are among my favorites too. I loved Sherri’s excerpt and definitely look forward to reading Entering My Second Half. Have a great weekend! ❤
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You too Bette. Has fall color peaked there?
We’re in full peek right now! Enjoy your weekend.
Nice excerpt, Sherri. I have the opposite problem. I write non-fiction memoir, slice of life and find fiction difficult, except for short stories. I didn’t want my memoir to be boring so I wrote it like fiction. Maybe you can try the opposite. 🙂 I’ll be sure to check out your memoir.
Sound advice, Micki! 🙂
Thank you so much, Annika, yes Mr. Garner was such a nice man, I’ll never forget him. Thank you for considering my memoir 🙂
What a lovely story and she writes it so well. I was a fan of James Garner so good to know he was as friendly and kind in real life. I like Sherri’s style of writing and will take a closer look at this memoir. Thank you for sharing.
I’m with you on all counts, Annika. James Garner was always one of my favorites and I’m excited to ‘hear’ more of Sherri’s experiences growing up among the stars. Thanks so much for stopping to chat. Have a great day. 🙂
Thank you Lynz Real Cooking and noelleg44 for checking out my guest blog 🙂
Yes, noelleg44 he was a very nice man, he was like my guardian angel that day 🙂
Wonderful excerpt! My Dad knew James Garner and told me his was a really nice person – this just confirms it.
I’m looking forward to reading Sherri’s memoir and your Rhe Brewster mystery is climbing up on my TBR–can’t wait to read DEATH in a Dacron Sail. Have a great week, Noelle! ❤
Very nice! thanks for sharing Bette!
Thanks for stopping by, Lynz. I’ve got Sherri’s memoir on my kindle and looking forward to the read. She grew up in LA/Hollywood and is sure to have some great stories to share. ❤
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yes I am sure!! very nice post Bette!