Chattanooga businesswoman and LAUNCH graduate Linda Murray Bullard recently wrote a book about her experiences growing up without a mother, as a teen mother and about the power of personal choice.
Writing the story was a "purge" for her.
She didn't plan for it to be a book. And after she decided to self-publish, she didn't intend for it to be a conversation-starter for mothers and their tween daughters.
But that's what has happened, she said.
What: Book signing for "The Well Ran Dry: Memoirs of a Motherless Child"
When: Sept. 24, 6-8 p.m.
Where: Barnes & Noble at Hamilton Place Mall
FYI: Bullard's book is also available on Amazon.com.
And for Bullard, who is passionate about working with teen mothers, having her book be a catalyst for conversation is a great byproduct of the project, she said.
The Chattanooga native worked at BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee for 26 years before the company restructured and cut some positions, including hers.
She has two degrees in business and now works in Erlanger's legal department.
After graduating from the LAUNCH business class in January, she started a business called LSMB Business Solutions, through which she assists entrepreneurs with business plans and strategies.
Although she is still helping some clients through that business, she is taking a step back from that now, she said.
And the business has helped fund her book, she said.
Bullard wrote "The Well Ran Dry: Memoirs of a Motherless Child," in 2007.
It's the story of her life—her mother died in 1968 on Christmas Day; she was separated from her brother, whom she reconnected with after 30 years.
When she lost her job at BCBST and had extra time, she got the project back out and decided it could be "book-worthy."
She researched publishing options and decided to self-publish through CreateSpace, which is an Amazon company.
She hired a professional editor and professional design team to create the cover.
Initially, she thought her book about being a young mother and about her family experiences only had a limited demographic. But she soon realized that there was an overarching theme about the power of choice.
And she's been asked to speak in the area about how changing your mind can change your life, she said.
"Some people don't even realize they have that power," she said. "It's [about] actually seeing yourself in a better position than you are in, regardless of the circumstances. It takes commitment. It's a different mindset. It takes thinking of things differently, which is not easy when you have no examples around you."
For more about the book, click here.
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