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I wrote the last line of my first book, Torch, and then spent an hour crying while lying on a cool tile floor in a house on a hot Brazilian island. After I finished my second book, Wild, I walked alone for miles under a clear blue sky on an empty road in the Oregon Outback. I sat bundled in my coat on a cold patio at midnight staring up at the endless December stars after completing my third book, Tiny Beautiful Things. There are only a handful of other days in my life--my wedding, the births of my children--that I remember as vividly as those solitary days on which I finished my books. The settings and situations were different, but the feeling was the same: an overwhelming mix of joy and gratitude, humility and relief, pride and wonder. After much labor, I'd made this thing. A book. Though it wasn't technically that yet.
The real book came later--after more work, but this time it involved various others, including agents, publishers, editors, designers, and publicists, all of whose jobs are necessary but sometimes indecipherable to me. They're the ones who transformed the thousands of words I'd privately and carefully conjured into something that could be shared with other people. "I wrote this!" I exclaimed in amazement when I first held each actual, physical book in my hands. I wasn't amazed that it existed; I was amazed by what its existence meant: that it no longer belonged to me.
Two months before Wild was published I stood on a Mexican beach at sunset with my family assisting dozens of baby turtles on their stumbling journey across the sand, then watching as they disappeared into the sea. The junction between writer and author is a bit like that. In one role total vigilance is necessary; in the other, there's nothing to do but hope for the best. A book, like those newborn turtles, will ride whatever wave takes it.
It's deeply rewarding to me when I learn that something I wrote moved or inspired or entertained someone; and it's crushing to hear that my writing bored or annoyed or enraged another. But an author has to stand back from both the praise and the criticism once a book is out in the world. The story I chose to write in Wild for no other reason than I felt driven to belongs to those who read it, not me. And yet I'll never forget what it once was, long before I could even imagine how gloriously it would someday be swept away from me.
A very emotional, painful and raw look into the heart and mind of a young woman who has lost more than just her way in life and the journey she takes to find her way back.Published 1 hour ago by camey k
This is one of the best books I have read and a very long time. I could relate to it on so many different levels. Read morePublished 1 hour ago by Karen E.Hurrell
I loved this book! Wonderful writing, great storytelling, a really enjoyable read. Highly recommend! I didn't want it to end.Published 3 hours ago by Hibiscus girl
I was immersed in every step taken and quietly feeling the ethereal journey. I may never walk the distance Wild has taken me on but I will take lite day treks on the PCT with an... Read morePublished 6 hours ago by Joy Evans
I felt like I was hiking with Cheryl. It is something I could never do, but she took me along with her. I think I will re read A Walk in the Woods now. Read morePublished 9 hours ago by Dawn L. Zajk
I have done some hiking and backpacking (nothing to this extent) but Cheryl made me feel as if I was experiencing the trail with her! Great Read!Published 10 hours ago by Deborah S. Quarles
This book takes you on quite the journey of a seemingly lost soul who takes an incredible journey and shows what a courageous person she truly is. Very inspiring...Published 11 hours ago by Patricia
A story of human strength and the trust a person needs to have in themselves to overcome their fears. Amazing.Published 13 hours ago by tammy nicastro