• Making the transition from reality to fantasy without landing irrevocably in either camp.
Can you give us a short synopsis of The Daughters Lem?
• Four sisters were orphaned when they witnessed (and survived) their parents’ murder-suicide. Three became embittered women who leaned heavily on the “normalcy” of my mother. She never really knew what it was like to be a mother, but struggled to give her own daughters her perception of family.
What inspired you to write this book?
• Years of pondering over my mother’s secrecy about her past.
How many hours per day to you spend on writing?
• My discipline is definitely influenced by opportunity. I can spend every waking moment of a day pounding at the keyboard, or I can tuck my thoughts away when I need a break.
Name your top five favourite books.
• Can I instead say I appreciate good writing? Most of my favorites are classics, such as “To Kill a Mocking Bird,” “Mobey Dick,” and nearly anything by Hemingway. I always was drawn to Chaucher’s “Canterbury Tales,” but might have been unduly mesmerized by the rich baritone of the lit teacher who liked to read it aloud. I adore Ray Bradbury’s works, especially “Fahrenheit 451”.
What are you working on now?
• My golf game.
Title: The Daughters Lem
Author: Nila Aamoth
Genre: Biographical / Memoir / Historical
The Daughters of Lem witnessed and survived the tragic event that forever transformed them. Orphaned, frightened, fiercely independent, the four sisters fought defiantly to raise themselves. But Lucille, Louise, and Nell Rose could not defeat the notion of a Lem bad seed; they chose to remain childless. Only Dorothy sought to achieve what she perceived to be a “normal” life as a wife and mother. In the process, she discovered her power as an independent woman. Her own three offspring became a new generation of the Daughters of Lem, and fortunate participants in their mother’s improbably joyful journey.
Nila Knack Aamoth wrote her first story at age four, and never stopped plying the pencil, the typewriter, and finally the computer keyboard. She began her journalism career in Houston, Texas, and owned two community newspapers in Michigan. For 25 years, she was editor and publisher of The Penasee Globe. “I figured my thoughts were more valuable than the traditional penny, so I called my weekly column A Nickel’s Worth,” she likes to joke. Those mostly light-hearted musings won her numerous state and national writing awards. Her insightful editorials, both humorous and serious, won the Michigan Press Association award for “Best Editorial” two years running. “I believed I could write about anything,” she says. “But writing the incredible story of my own family was almost too heart-wrenching. I think I’ve finally grown up!”