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Lara Lillibridge sings off-beat and dances off-key. She writes a lot, and sometimes even likes how it turns out.

She is the author of two memoirs, Girlish: Growing Up in a Lesbian Home, Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards Finalist (Skyhorse Publishing, 2018) and Mama, Mama, Only Mama (Skyhorse Publishing, 2019).

Lara Lillibridge is a graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College’s MFA program in Creative Nonfiction. In 2016 she won Slippery Elm Literary Journal’s Prose Contest, and The American Literary Review's Contest in Nonfiction. She also was a finalist in both Black Warrior Review’s Nonfiction Contest and DisQuiet’s Literary Prize in Creative Nonfiction. She has had essays published in Pure Slush Vol. 11, Vandalia, and Polychrome Ink;
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Lara Lillibridge When people heard that my mom was a lesbian and my dad married 7 times, everyone said, "you should write a book someday!" So I think it was in my head…moreWhen people heard that my mom was a lesbian and my dad married 7 times, everyone said, "you should write a book someday!" So I think it was in my head from a very young age. I wanted to become a writer in high school, but gave up on it as impractical. In my 30s I became flooded with stories when I was pregnant, and started writing in every free minute, but much of my fiction was heavily colored by my past, so I knew I had to get this memoir out of my system so I could write something else. Thanks for asking!(less)
Lara Lillibridge Dinty Moore (I think) once said that if you aren't sitting there waiting for words, you will miss the days when the words come easily, so make time to…moreDinty Moore (I think) once said that if you aren't sitting there waiting for words, you will miss the days when the words come easily, so make time to write every day. For me, if I'm not writing, I'm reading, which eventually sparks something that inspires me to write. I read books, blogs, any work that someone I know wants feedback on. If I have an idea brewing, I've learned that it is best not to talk about it until I get a first draft down, or I lose my enthusiasm. It's like releasing the words to the air makes them float away. (less)
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This is, in many ways, one of the most recurring themes throughout the whole Beartown book trilogy. People often ask me why I chose hockey, and not another sport, to write about, and the answer is this: Hockey demands everything. It’s so hard to do, it’s so incredibly time consuming, and you can’t do it alone. So if you don’t love it beyond all reason to begin with…forget it. Go do something easier, less demanding. If you want to play hockey it’s BECAUSE it is hard. It requires love, all of it. And love makes you sensitive and easily offended. I did my best to explain throughout the book ...more
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“The problem with having a family made up of friends is that once they decided to leave, you didn’t run into them at weddings and funerals. Once they left, you never saw them again.”
Lara Lillibridge, Girlish: Growing Up in a Lesbian Home

“It seems like there is no way to just write your story without becoming someone's poster child. You are not just your own voice, your own history--rather you carry the expectations of both extremes.”
Lara Lillibridge, Girlish: Growing Up in a Lesbian Home

“Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life, and it is the main obstacle between you and a shitty first draft. I think perfectionism is based on the obsessive belief that if you run carefully enough, hitting each stepping-stone just right, you won't have to die. The truth is that you will die anyway and that a lot of people who aren't even looking at their feet are going to do a whole lot better than you, and have a lot more fun while they're doing it.”
Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

“Writing and reading decrease our sense of isolation. They deepen and widen and expand our sense of life: they feed the soul. When writers make us shake our heads with the exactness of their prose and their truths, and even make us laugh about ourselves or life, our buoyancy is restored. We are given a shot at dancing with, or at least clapping along with, the absurdity of life, instead of being squashed by it over and over again. It's like singing on a boat during a terrible storm at sea. You can't stop the raging storm, but singing can change the hearts and spirits of the people who are together on that ship.”
Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

“You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should have behaved better.”
Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

“If something inside of you is real, we will probably find it interesting, and it will probably be universal. So you must risk placing real emotion at the center of your work. Write straight into the emotional center of things. Write toward vulnerability. Risk being unliked. Tell the truth as you understand it. If you’re a writer you have a moral obligation to do this. And it is a revolutionary act—truth is always subversive.”
Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

“You can't have many exclamation points left,' thought Anne, 'but no doubt the supply of italics is inexhaustible.”
L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Windy Poplars

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