Celebrating the Completion of My Memoir

Celebrating the Completion of My Memoir #lifestory #selfpublished #personalhistory

When you wear holey jeans, rock concert T-shirts, and frizzy headbanger hair, why would you trade it all in for sequins, rhinestones, and Cinderella high heels? One day a woman planted a transforming fantasy in my heavy-metal-infused brain and mesmerized me with visions of tiaras and roses. When I asked my father if I could participate in my first pageant, he shouted, “You want to do what?”

In the early 1990s, I lost my mind and participated in a transformative adventure to capture a teenage beauty queen crown. Twenty years later, I wrote about my journey and have made available my memoir From Metal to Rhinestones: A Quest for the Crown.

Gratitude for My Friends’ Help

Many genealogy friends helped to edit chapters in this book and each reviewer was surprised how much fun they had reading their portion. They wish I would give them the whole book to see how it ended.

What is especially exciting is that few of the reviewers liked pageants before reading the book! However, they said my writing style kept them wanting more. My momma would be so proud! I’m the girl who struggled in writing classes in school.

Here’s a recent review of my book.

I just finished reading your book and wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed it. My favorite books are cozy mysteries and this book was so similar. I had to keep reading to find out what happened next.

I must say the insight into the world of pageants was enlightening, also. A family member is a former Miss Teen USA. I have heard talk about the trials, tribulations, and expense that the teenage beauty queen’s family faced with as she competed. Now I have a better understanding.

Your achievements are impressive, and you are a good storyteller. Keep on writing. – Karen in Houston, Texas

These positive reviews inspired me to share this story in multiple formats so you can enjoy a fun read set in Houston, Texas in the early 1990s. The teacher in me also wants to share with those who hope to complete their memoir someday know about my publication choices.

My Memoir is Available for Purchase

Please consider supporting my writing efforts through the purchase of From Metal to Rhinestones: A Quest for the Crown or any of my other books. If you have read any of my books, I’d love to hear what you think. Leave a comment below.

Why would a tomboy, heavy-metal fan trade in her ripped jeans for gowns and the quest for a crown? You'll have to read on to find out. #memoir #genealogy #personalhistory
Devon Noel Lee

Devon Noel Lee

Devon Noel Lee is passionate about capturing and preserving family stories so no one alive today has to be researched, or forgotten, tomorrow. She has authored 6 how-to books, a memoir, two published family history biographies, and over 60 family scrapbooks. She's an enthusiastic speaker who energizes, encourages, and educates at the same time.

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