#4 Africa Timeline: Planning My Memoir

Launching into writing Vaccines & Bayonets, my memoir of Africa, was deceptively easy—smooth, nonstop. Memories of our lives in the smallpox eradication campaign flowed onto the page. The more traumatic experiences came to me first—clear and fully-formed.   “Don’t speak. Just listen. Grab an overnight bag and be ready in ten minutes.” Carl was calling from…

#3 The Book You Didn’t Know You Were Going To Write

It was time. Just dive in and start writing. The memoir of my family in the West African smallpox eradication campaign. Vaccines & Bayonets. I had file drawers full of historic documents. Plus--I'd gone to the Apple store to find out how to turn on the iPad, so no time to waste. Time to delve into one…