Praying for Restraint is now available to purchase on Amazon in both paperback and as a Kindle book, at Barnes & Noble, and your local independent bookstore at Bookshop.org.
About the Author, Allen Long
One of my favorite memories from childhood is telling my younger brother, David, a made-up story every night during the summers we slept in twin beds in our cool basement.
|Storytelling seems to have been hardwired into my DNA.|
After I graduated, I accepted a scholarship to earn an MA in English/fiction writing from Hollins University, where I wrote the first half of a novel. I then received a second scholarship and a teaching assistant position to pursue an MFA in fiction writing at the University of Arizona.
I published two more stories, and then I decided to change gears and write a memoir called “Soul Breach” about the high level of illegal and unethical behavior I’d witnessed while working in the management consulting field. The story was published, and my good friend and editor, Kit McIlroy, told me it was the best piece I’d ever written, and he encouraged me to write more nonfiction.
After that, I published memoirs on a wide variety of subjects, including two about my work as an assistant nurse in a poorly managed inner-city hospital populated by challenging patients, including violent mentally ill ones who often were not sedated or restrained.
“Keep writing about that hospital, and you’ve got your next book,” Kit said. I followed his advice, eventually producing my second book, Praying for Restraint: Frequent Flying with an Inner-City Hospital CNA(Legacy Book Press, 2021).
WOW: Thanks so much for that insight. It is quite remarkable that you survived such an ordeal with your wits about you and your marriage intact! This is such a personal story - tell us about your writing process for this book?
WOW: Sounds like the process was therapeutic (although maybe a bit tedious). So glad you kept at it until you had it just right! Now, did you have any fears about how Praying for Restraint might be received?
Thank you for saying that out loud - thinking about memoirs I've read, authenticity seems to be the key. I enjoy reading about flawed humans (like myself).
Who is your support - what have you found to be most supportive in your writing life as well as in life in general?
WOW: That's encouraging in today's world where relationships seem to be difficult. It's fabulous to hear you have such an extensive list of supporters!
What advice would you give to others when it comes to self-care for authors?
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