Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Inheritance

I started this blog six (!!!!) years ago, and in that time, friends, you have been very good to me. You keep stopping by, and you say the nicest things. I’ve taken great pleasure in sharing stories here. Somewhere along the way, I hatched the idea of writing a book containing the stories that have consumed a good portion of my adult life. I recently secured a deal with National Geographic to write that book, tentatively titled Inheritance.




top photo: my sister and me; lower photo, left to right: my sister, me, and my brother

Inheritance is a memoir. It’s the story of my diagnosis with a BRCA1 gene mutation, the two times I had breast cancer, the surgeries I’ve had to minimize my risks, and what I’ve learned along the way. It’s about family and genetics, and living with what can’t be fixed. It’s a love story: Alexi’s and mine, and a larger one that includes so many others I thank my lucky stars for. The book will be interwoven with cutting-edge science, demystified by interviews with renowned experts.

Thank you for your company here, your kindnesses over the years, and helping me believe I could do it. I can’t wait to share the process and, ultimately, the book, with you. xoxo

52 comments:

terken said...

Big congratulations Lecia!

I have been reading your blog for about 4-5 years now. I might have commented maybe twice.

We had to move from Seattle to Wyoming. I was missing Washington so much. That is how I found your blog. We are in Arizona now (better?) I still miss Washington.

I love to read your stories, and I am looking forward to reading the book.

Jess said...

You are a beautiful writer, I can't wait to see your book!

ramona said...

wow. that is awesome news.

Anonymous said...

This is so exciting- I can't wait to learn more.

Raquelita said...

Delurking to say yours is one of my very favorite blogs and I am so excited by the news. Congratulations! You write beautifully and your life - and your perspective of it - truly inspires me.

tea_austen said...

So delighted for you! You are going to write a beautiful book, and I am so excited to read it. xox

betsy said...

Yay! Congratulations, Lecia! I can't wait to read it. You are a gifted writer, and you live every day with such wonder and gratitude. I'm so glad you'll be sharing all of that with a wider audience. Lucky us! xo

shari said...

Fabulous news! xo

Penelope P. said...

Wow, that's wonderful news ! How exciting, I'm really looking forward to reading it! Penny L x

Jennifer said...

Oh, wonderful news! Congratulations!

Beth Coulton said...

Lecia - this is tremendously exciting! I am so happy for you -thrilled. Cannot WAIT to read your book! Have a great time as you go through the writing process- savor every moment. This is a beautiful work in the making, and the journey is precious. Thanks for sharing your life with us, and I look forward to you sharing your writing journey too!

brenda said...

So excited for you Lecia, no doubt this will be a wonderful read, just like your beautiful blog. Congratulations! I know you will enjoy the process, and I will love following along. Cheers!

Di said...

Congratulations! I hope writing it doesnt keep you away from us who read your blog, too much. A wonderful recognition of you as a woman with a valuable story to tell and your wonderful way with words.
I look forward to reading it, very much.
Regards
Di.

Andrea said...

Congratulations! I've followed your blog for a couple of years, but this may be my first time commenting. i am so grateful that you share glimpses of your life with us. I love your words and pictures- it's that simple. Can't wait for the book!

Lecia Phinney said...

Thank you all, so, so much! xx

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your book deal! I have never taken the time to comment (sorry!), though I do thoroughly enjoy your posts. Your writing is beautiful and it's a treat to read. I'm very happy for you!

Carol said...

Congratulations. I love reading your posts and look forward to reading your book. Enjoy the journey but don't stress along the way. xx

Cathy said...

Heartfelt congratulations, Lecia, but frankly, I'm not surprised. I've been following your blog for near six years ( I don't even remember how I found you!), and I always felt the heartbeat of a book beneath your posts. What a wonderful bit of news on a very cold and gusty day in the Northeast.

Lecia Phinney said...

Carol: I shall try not to "stress along the way" - we'll see!

Cathy: you've made my day.

xoxo

Marianna said...

Wonderful news! Congratulations. I will anxiously await publication.

Anonymous said...

Lecia,
I am a great fan of your "straight from the heart" writing. Congratulations on the book deal! I am extremely happy for you and wish you all best in the new journey you are embarking on :-)
Liz

Lydia said...

Congratulations!! I hope you will share your book-writing experience with us. Thanks for the blog.

Catherine said...

congrats on the book from a longtime lurker. =)

Anonymous said...

I too enjoy your writing and beautiful pictures - congratulations, I'm sure it will be a beautiful book!
Elizabeth

Joey said...

Congratulations Lecia. I've been reading your blog for a couple of years, have commented a few times - I like the thoughtful way you write and of course the beautiful images. It's a story that deserves to be told and I'm sure you'll tell it beautifully.

Kim said...

Whee!
All the best in your endeavors, and I'll eagerly await the product.

Anonymous said...

WOOOHOOO!!

hannah said...

congratulations and big hugs!

Anonymous said...

i'm new to your blog and have so been enjoying reading your words... so happy for you with this wonderful news! all the best and *congratulations*!

Heather said...

Love your writing and what you have to say about life - it keeps me coming back. Can't wait to read your book!

Karen said...

Wonderful! Congratulations!

andrea said...

You are a tremendous writer; this news makes me incredibly happy :) Congratulations to you, I look forward to reading it!

Anonymous said...

Congrats--love your recipes. I have made your Aunt Louise's apple cake many times and I call it-"Aunt Louise's apple cake"!!!

Lecia Phinney said...

You guys are just too much! I'm totally awed by your kindness. xoxoxo

Ève said...

Like the other readers, i wanted to tell how i love your writing. So simple, and moving. From your heart.
I love your photos, showing highlights in everyday life.
And your recipes! Last week i made your brownies with peanut frosting...
I cant wait to read your book.
Thank you for sharing all these things.

cindy said...

Such wonderful news! I will be waiting with real anticipation.

Emma said...

How wonderful! I've been reading your lovely blog for most of that time it seems, I'm so happy for you :)

Emily said...

Warmest congratulations! Like many others, I've been reading your blog for years and have always found your writing deeply beautiful and evocative. Since having my daughter a year ago, I don't have time to read many blogs, but yours is one that always feels very worth visiting. I am thrilled for you and greatly look forward to reading Inheritance.

Maria said...

Three cheers, Lecia! xx

Anonymous said...

I knew it was only a matter of time. Congratulations! Joanna

beth said...

oh, lecia!!! what a thrill!! i adore your writing and often keep posts i've already read in my feeder... just to savor them and read them again. you take the ordinary moments and manage to exult them to magical ones, just by your noticing and paying attention to them. what a wonderful gift that you'll be writing a book!! all the best!

house on hill road said...

fantastic news! congrats, lecia!

chai ling said...

2015 starts with good news like such! i hope they ship to Singapore :) i will buy 2. one for myself, one to donate to the community library.

Jess said...

Congratulations, Lecia! I'm so looking forward to reading and to learning from you.

Lori m. said...

Wow! Congratulations! I absolutely love your blog, it makes me feel so calm and grateful. Can't wait to get your book!

Darcy said...

congratulations!!!

Lecia Phinney said...

Thank you so very much, friends. xoxo

Orla said...

Long time reader - I have never commented but really enjoy your thoughtfulness/mindfulness when you write about your like. I look forward to your book.

Orla

Dinae said...

Congratulations on six years of your beautiful, thoughtful blogging. And for the chance to write your memoir, it is already on my list to read.

Lecia Phinney said...

Dinae: awwww. xoxo

Nicola said...

Lecia, I have not been to your blog in so very long. What an amazing, wonderful post to happen upon. Huge congratulations. Peace and light, Nicola

Judi said...

I have been following your blog for quite a while...catching snippets of it now & then. Love your style. I feel like I'm sitting in an inviting room visiting with you.

Congratulations on your exciting news!