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Writer’s remorse

Honesty is the best policy when writing about family – especially if your story isn’t entirely true

AGONY EDITOR

Dear Agony Editor, My grandmother’s first husband abandoned her with three kids during the Depression. Her second husband was an alcoholic, and she eventually became addicted to pills. I’ve always wanted to write a novel based on her life, but guilt is holding me back. I feel like I might taint her memory, or I’ll upset family members. How do I get over it and just write the damn book? Signed, Keeping It in the Family

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