On episode 38 of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast I spoke with Allan Ament about Learning to Float, his new memoir about his transformation into a compassionate caregiver for his wife, Deloris, after her stroke.
We also discussed:
- honesty in memoir writing;
- the process of putting the memoir together from dozens of emails;
- his advice for people who may soon find themselves in a caregiving role;
- the last play of the Super Bowl.
Plus, on Today in Writing, the first edition of Roget’s Thesaurus.
About Our Guest:
After successful careers as a criminal defense attorney, higher education administrator and instructor, and day spa manager, Allan Ament now enjoys retirement with his wife, an award-winning journalist and author, and a semi- neurotic cat (is there any other kind?). They live on an island in Puget Sound, north of Seattle, where in addition to writing and being his wife’s primary caregiver, Ament serves as board chair for the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts (nila.edu). His work has previously appeared in academic, professional, and literary journals, and is included in an upcoming anthology, Being: What Makes a Man. This is his first book-length work.