Friday, August 28, 2015

Guest Post – The Experience of Working with a Ghost Writer

About Teera: A Life of Hope and Fulfillment
Teera’s life was beautiful. Having grown up in the splendor of a beachside paradise, Teera settled down in a good home with the love of her life and their two gorgeous children. Filled with love, joy, and a promising future, Teera’s world was nearly perfect, until the night her husband was violently murdered while the two of them lay in bed sleeping. The assailant intended to kill her too, but Teera survived. Devastated by loss and disfigured from a gruesome facial wound, her infants still to care for, Teera learned to endure and to carry on. Yet the murder was only the beginning. It would be years before Teera escaped the turmoil she faced in Sri Lanka, finding refuge for her family in a far away land. This is Teera’s life of hope and fulfillment, a declaration of faith and of love. Honest, inspiring and heart-rending, Teera’s is an incredible saga set against an enchanting tropical landscape tainted by bloodshed and betrayal.

Book Information
Paperback: 234 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 22, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1502309599
ISBN-13: 978-1502309594
Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches

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Working with a Ghost-Writer by Teera deFonseka 

I chose to tell my story, but knew that I needed someone with a better grasp of the English language to write it for me. Working collabartively with Patrick Meissner, my ghost-writer has been a great experience for me. Patrick came to mean so much more than just a person hired to do a job. He became a member of my family, a trusted member, and someone who was always eager to listen.
Patrick is one of the best writers of the younger generation who can illuminate the drama and complexity of life with compassion, humor and honesty. He is a rising star, and fits in anywhere. It doesn’t matter where he is, or whom he is with, he adapts and always stays grounded.
We learned so much from each other and I found him to be a kid with integrity. To my amazement he turned out to be a remarkable young man who doesn’t seem to have the need to impress anyone, and is comfortable in his own skin.
For a moment I doubted this young man’s ability to understand the story of a woman from a country like Sri Lanka, with an enormous age and culture gap. Patrick at the time was only 22, with the shining smile of a sixteen year old. It took longer than both of us expected to present my story and Patrick and I had our ups and downs, but we put our trust in each other, and never hesitated to clear up our misunderstandings through communication. Sometimes, he became the detective, and came up with questions that made me go back to those trying times. Other times, he became my therapist, and over time, I learned that he is a peacemaker. We worked long hours and days, which also became a part of my healing journey.
My story could not have been told with the experience, patience and understanding of my co-writer.

Sri Lanka was not always a place to escape from. In many ways, I wish I never had to leave. But I did, and that’s another story that I’m only beginning to address. When I was growing up, Sri Lanka was paradise. It was home, and I didn’t know anything outside of the little teardrop shaped island off the coast of India that we called Ceylon.
It is customary where I come from to name the home that your family resides in. A lot of families would proudly display the name of their first-born son somewhere near the door. Others would display religious tributes or anything else that might be relevant to their household. My family’s home has a wooden sign with the name “Sea Breeze” carved into it, a tribute to both the ocean we lived on, and the safe serenity that home granted our family.

Teera de Fonseka is a mother, a grandmother, and a writer living in Los Angeles, California. In her free time she enjoys reading, writing and walking her dog, Tigger. Writing especially has become a hobby for Teera in recent years, as she has worked to publish her memoirs. She loves to spend her days, as she puts it, “writing her heart out.”
Writing has brought Teera a great deal of peace and she wants to encourage others to write their hearts out too. She hopes that her story can touch and inspire others. After having had a chance to tell her tale, Teera wants to keep helping people. She finds inspiration in the talent that she sees in the people around her. She wants to encourage these people to do everything that they can with these talents, and to live up to their potential; to trust in God’s plan for them.

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