On Becoming Me: Memoir of an 80's Teenager
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by Kirsten Pursell Publish: Oct 11, 2021Biographies & Memoirs



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Pursuing my passion for writing now that the nest is empty, the kids are grown and flown, and I can be whatever the next version of me is that I want!

Once upon a time in college I had a professor ask us to describe who we were. My answer was simple: I am me. People thought it strange that I didn't identify as student, athlete, daughter, psycho, confused, etc. To be honest, by the time I had gotten to college I had been through enough to know that the only thing I was ever going to truly be was me in all its iterations. Most days, I am happy as can be with the me I am. Meet me, you'll understand.

About me the writer: First and foremost, I love to write. I realize that love of writing does not a writer make. While I have written a screenplay, several books, and dabbled in blogging as the mood strikes, I have gone the safe route and self-published my books because most of us would say we write for ourselves not for the potential fame, glory, and windfall of cash that a lucrative publishing deal or Hollywood rights might provide. But I have been getting strong feedback beyond my tried-and-true following of readers making me realize my writing should be shared with a broader audience than my limited social media following. (I believe we can't take ourselves too seriously and having the ability to poke fun at ourselves is paramount to survival!)

While the bulk of my actual career was spent doing consumer related marketing, I have, however, spent the last couple of decades managing and carefully crafting the successful launch of my three now grown and flown children into the world. Yes, I left corporate America for the much less glamorous world of childrearing. My expertise broadened to include logistics, multi-tasking, coaching, encouraging, strategizing across multiple spectrums and personalities, while all the while encouraging them to be their own people. Mission accomplished. Now what? Reinvent myself or just dig deep into what I love to do? Or quite possibly some combination? That is the objective! No more excuses for not putting my works out there.

All my writing has strong female characters. My screenplay, Allegiance, is about a woman determined to find her former lover in war-torn Sarajevo. It is a love story between woman, man, and country.

The three novels I have written have varied strongly in theme. My first novel, Harvard, is a contemporary romance told in alternating narrative: her voice and his voice. (There is some irony to Harvard in that my daughter will graduate from there in 2022, over ten years after I initially wrote the book!) The second novel, Company Clown: The rise and fall of a corporate icon, is a contemporary fiction book taking a not so glamourous, tongue-in-cheek look at the world of advertising (Some of the characters inspired by real-life people I met working in the industry). And my most recent novel is my memoir entitled On Becoming Me: Memoir of an 80’s Teenager. It is not how I remember those times but my words as I wrote them in journals, diaries, poetry, and letters. (Think Go Ask Alice but with current reflective narrative mixed in.) I was a competitive athlete who endured injuries that forced me to quit at sixteen. I had no idea who I was without the sport that defined me and the struggle to find my place very real and relatable on so many levels today. The underlying themes of teenage angst, joys, fears, discoveries, heartache, and growth transcend time. Plus, it was the 80's, undeniably one of the most iconic decades ever.

I am a happy, upbeat, glass half-full kind of person. I think age is just a number and will not go down without a fight. I love to tell stories and believe mine are different enough to set them apart in a cluttered world of storytellers. I am the kind of person you take a chance on because I work my ass off to deliver the best product with memorable characters and storylines (the handful of reviews on Amazon will tell you as much!).

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Book Awards and Achievements

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    On Becoming Me: Memoir of an 80's Teenager

Bridget Bridget 5 months ago
Ahh, the 80’s. Whether you lived through them or just want to know what it was like you will want to take a step back in time and into the pages of On Becoming Me: Memoir of An 80’s Teenager. This diary-style memoir chronicles the friendships and the experiences of what it was like to be Kirsten spanning from 1979 to 1986.

Even though the diaries take place just a generation ahead of mine I found it interesting all the similarities and differences that it seems every girl goes through in their teen years. Obsessions of overweight, acne, boys, and the fear of not fitting in seem to be universal. Being in love with movie stars and certain song lyrics are too. I feel that other than certain subtle references this could be any American teen girl’s story. What makes her story unique is her perspectives and experiences that come across as genuine, heartfelt, and interesting.

I would suggest reading this book if you are a fan of The California Diaries or are craving some authentic 80’s nostalgia that can only be brought to us by those of us who lived and loved every single minute. Kirsten Pursell speaks a thousand voices of the last generation before we became subject to social media when you had to write letters by snail mail and telephones were plugged into the wall. Through her personal diary entries, letters, and photos you will be transported and emerged into her teenage world and hanging on to every single totally radical page.
Book Detail
Title On Becoming Me: Memoir of an 80's Teenager
Author Kirsten Pursell
Publish Date 11, Oct 2021
Language English
Page Count 413