It is easy to equate exploration and adventure with an outward display of risk taking: we climb mountains, we drive great distances, and we dive into deep waters. For Gail Kretchmer, her job as a writer is to examine life and experience, which often requires an exploration of a completely different but just as adventurous kind. In this piece she explains what it is like for her to seek to understand the human experience. She reaches deep into hearts and minds in order to explore not only her own psyche but also those of the people about whom she writes.
We are grateful that local author and Wf1 Truthteller Gail Kretchmer has returned to compose a piece just for our community about the healing power of writing. We often wear masks to conceal our wounds and our insecurities. We wear them to hide who we are, and we wear them to reveal what we want to be. Through the power of writing about pain and trauma, Gail learned a method for self-exploration that helped her uncover stories and personal truths which had been concealed for years.
Gail’s work has been seen in The New York Times and other publications. Her new novel, The Damnable Legacy of A Minister’s Wife, can be ordered from Ingram through most independent bookstores, and is also available online. Thank you Gail!