My Own Little Book
by Beth Kozan
For five years I’ve had this quote taped to my desk, just above my computer screen:
I’ve wanted to write books since I was in the fourth grade. I am now working on my second book, Helping the Birth Mother You Know.
More than just my wish is being fulfilled; others are cheering me on, knowing that if I can do it, they can do something they’ve always wanted to do, too!
When I was feeling like I’d never get this book published, I learned from a cousin in California that I have an uncle-by-marriage who published his first book at 93. Now that’s inspiration!
So thank you to all the people who have encouraged me and shown me the way!
*Who is Caroline Mytinger? I wondered. So I Googled her. She was a portrait painter and former model for Gibson Girls. Inspired by the writings of Margaret Meade, Ms. Mytinger took off with a gal-pal in the 1920s to travel to Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. She was not trained as an anthropologist, but her paintings captured the people she studied. She was aware she was recording a quickly disappearing world. She died at the age of 83 and her paintings and books – lost for a time – are now housed in the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkley.
Beth Kozan is the author of the upcoming books, Adoption: More Than by Chance and Helping the Birth Mother You Know. Beth worked in adoption for 35 years and retired to write. She has many more books than these titles to write and will emphasize and explore the concept of community in her additional books. “Growing up in a close agriculture-based, rural community in Texas, I felt the comfort and bonds of caring for others which is often missing in our busy lives today. Exploring and building communities for today is my writer’s goal.” Follow Beth on Facebook or visit her website, where she reviews books and films featuring adoption.