Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Laurelhurst Author Publishes First Novel, Adding to Collection Of Previously Authored Books

Show Me Your Face
Goldie Gendler Silverman, who has lived in the neighborhood for over 40 years, has published her first novel called "Show Me Your Face," about a woman who moves to Seattle to take a job in a shelter for abused women.

Goldie adds "while moving into her apartment, she meets a very attractive man who uses a wheel chair. In the course of four months, September to December, she learns a lot about paraplegia and domestic violence."

Goldie got the idea from a man she saw in a wheel chair who "rolled up to a steep escalator, put his arms out to the moving handrails, rode up to the top and disappeared."

She added:

I thought, what an amazing man, bold, daring, sure of himself. I decided then that I would write a story about such a remarkable man. And  began to think about the kind of person who would do that. That’s how Kevin Corwin was born, a gorgeous man who drives a white convertible car.
The car on the cover actually belongs to Goldie, but is not the same as the white convertible as described in the book.

Goldie had been thinking about the book for thirty years and said that the actual writing took three years. She says that her "book is a love story, but in writing it, I learned about paraplegia and domestic violence. I am just as proud of this new book as of the earlier ones, and I hope my readers will learn a lot from all of them."
Goldie has written other books -  ones called Backpacking With Babies and Small Children, and Camping With Kids.  Those came about when she had joined a group of women in a support group for displaced homemakers who wanted to get back into the world of work.

At their urging she contacted Louise Marshall who was the publisher of Signpost and she asked me to write Backpacking With Babies and Small Children. Later she moved the book to Wilderness Press and wrote two further editions.

Then Wilderness Press asked her to write Camping With Kids "because they felt fewer people were backpacking these days, and they wanted a book for car camping."

Goldie has also written four low-fat, low-salt cookbooks.  She said the most successful one, called No Salt, No Sugar, No Fat, published by Nitty Gritty, "is still around, mostly seen in gift and kitchen shops."

She got the idea for that book from a friend, Jacqueline Williams, who wanted to write a cookbook to share what she had learned in cooking for her husband, Walt, after his first heart surgery.

"She had no experience writing books so she asked me to help." And they wrote four cookbooks together. Jackie went on to write a number of history books and her son David wrote The Seattle Streetwise Naturalist and Cairns.

For many years, Jackie and Goldie taught a class in community colleges and at the Experimental College called "How to write a Cookbook."

Goldie has also written several books in a series called the Phoenix Reading Series (remedial readers) based on research done from reading newspapers on microfilm or microfiche and published by Prentice-Hall.

Goldie said all the writing " took place over many years, beginning 1975. Now I write the occasional blog and I'm working on my memoirs. What I do now is work on causes that are important to me. I did telephone banking and marched for marriage equality, and now I'm working in favor of gun safety and against coal and oil trains running through our city."

Her other interests and hobbies include hiking, camping, travel, gardening, book group, Jazzercise and her family which includes three kids and four grandchildren.

For more information about Goldie's book and her blog go here.

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