Blogs by Emma L Willey
Book Review by Bill duncan
1/18/2010 6:07:08 PM
My new book published in November 2009 just got a fantastic review which will be printed in my blog. It will be moved later to my reviews under the name of the book, "Inspirations and Reflections, 89 Year of Life and Love."
Needlecraft expert hooked on writing memoirs
‘Inspirations and Reflections, 89 Year of Life and Love’
By Emma L. Willey
The News Review
If you think you are too old to write, don’t use that excuse with Emma Willey of Roseburg. “Inspirations and Reflections” is her third book, only if you’re not counting hundreds of needlecraft designs \ she has published in books and magazines. Emma is 89 years old and legally blind.
In her current book, Willey includes more than 100 poems, essays and short stories from her personal pen. Willey once taught in a one0room country school in South Dakota, serve d three years in the Women’s Army Corps during World War II and wrote about those experiences in her 2003 book, “Prairie Rattlers, Long Johns and chokecherry Wine,” followed up in 2006 with “Beyond the silent Prairie. She writes on a special computer designed for people with impaired vision.
She does no consider her condition a handicap, but a challenge, and continues to write every day.
“I think I would die if I could no longer write,” she said.
She dedicates this book to her late husband, Orman, who died May 22, 2009, at age 91, after 66 years of being Willey’s soul mate. He, too, was an Army veteran of World War II.
There are several poems in Willey’s new book dedicated to her husband. An especially poignant one recognizing his death ends with the words, “I will never erase him from my life.” Willey said some of the poetry in the book she took from the journals she has kept through the years. Speaking of the book, she said, “It was already written. I just had to organize it in chapters. I have precious moments when I write poetry, especially when I write about family and people close to me. The poems in this book came from my heart.”
Her daughter, Marlene Johnson who lives in Corvallis, designed and edited all three of her mother’s books and is a writer herself. Johnson’s latest book, “Dusty Boots, My Dakota Cowboy Dad” is about her dad, Orman Willey.
Johnson takes her inspiration from her mother, who said she has enough memories to fill a dozen books.
Willey was born in a sod house her father built on his homestead in western South Dakota. She regrets she doesn’t know enough about her parents to write more about their lives, but remembers in her first book Bout hard times farming on the prairie.
It wasn’t until after she had a heart attack in 1981 that Willey decided to write a memoir for her children and grandchildren to tell them what her life was like in the 1920s before electricity, telephones, radio or television. The early work was done using a typewriter to prepare the manuscript. AT age 77 she learned to use a computer for her writing.
“Actually, I turned to writing when I began to lose my vision and I had to stop crocheting,” Willey said. Prrior to tha, she had produced hundreds of original crochet designs and had written about them for magazines. “My first book was published in 2003 and was my memoires of growing up on the prairie. I was the 11th of 12 children.”
Her second book, “Beyond the Silent prairie,” , joining the Women’s Army Corps in World War II, meeting and marrying Orman and their lives together. She calls it a love story.
Is she finally writing “The End” to her writing career at age 89? Absolutely not. She is at her computer everyday writing about a life so full it seems to have no end.
Bill Duncan can be reached by writing to P. O. Box 812, Roseburg, OR 97470
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A Sample Poem - Thursday, January 21, 2010
Book Review by Bill duncan - Monday, January 18, 2010
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I'm back! - Saturday, January 09, 2010
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Getting Back to Writing - Tuesday, August 28, 2007
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Press Release - Thursday, August 10, 2006
Beyond the Siletnt Prairie, A Love Story - Tuesday, July 25, 2006
Beyond the Silent Prairie, a Love Story - Monday, May 01, 2006
Return to the Website - Saturday, February 25, 2006
Just Thinking - Saturday, January 28, 2006
Contract Signed - Tuesday, September 20, 2005
Beyond the Silent Prairie - Monday, September 05, 2005
Just Talking - Saturday, July 23, 2005
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