How Was I Supposed to Know? A Memoir

Here is the new look for the second edition. I hope you like it!

Here is the new look for the second edition. I hope you like it!

WINNER of the Adirondack Writing Center’s Annual Literary Award, Best Memoir, 2012

Have you ever…

  • …felt as if you never really got over your childhood?

  • …looked at your life choices and asked, “What was I thinking?”

    Me, too!

  • …wondered if you would have made the same choices if you then what you know now?

  • …had trouble establishing and maintaining healthy relationships?

    Me, too!

  • …been told that you are “too sensitive,” “the problem,” or “an alcoholic?”

  • …been curious about how people who aren’t fictional face their fears?

    Oh, yeah!

  • …wished you fretted less and laughed more when life throws you a curve ball?

    And it always does, doesn’t it?

Well, then, this book is for you!

That's me, Lorna Lee!

That’s me, Lorna Lee!

In her former life as a sociology professor, Lorna published many academic and research papers. Creative writing is a new path taken since her premature disability retirement in 2006 due to Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome.

How Was I Supposed to Know? was awarded Best Memoir, 2012 by the Adirondack Writing Center in their annual Literary Award Contest. In 2010, she was a finalist in the Memoir genre of the Writer’s Digest Annual Writing Contest with her short story, “Monkey Business.” This memoir is her first book-length publication. Somewhere in her mom’s closet is a single edition of original poems about a frog, a ghost, and a kitten. The booklet was illustrated by Lisa (her younger sister) and compiled for her mother’s birthday when Lorna was about seven years old. In case anyone is searching for it, the cover was made from green construction paper.

Lorna currently lives with the man of her dreams and the dog of her dreams in the home of her dreams: a cozy, finished, and decidedly unbroken home. She keeps herself busy writing, quilting, walking, and blogging. Oh, and she has been sober for over thirty years.

Want to Contact Me?

If you have questions about the book, want to do an interview, or buy the movie rights, don’t hesitate to contact me via email:

If you’re curious about how that clueless little girl sitting on a swing became this slightly less clueless woman sitting on a swing, here’s how to order your very own book!

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48 Responses to “How Was I Supposed to Know? A Memoir”

  1. […] more about the book and for links to Amazon, visit the page on my website devoted to the book: Lorna’s Voice, How Was I Supposed To Know? A Memoir […]

  2. […] How Was I Supposed to Know? page on Lorna’s Voice […]

  3. […] dream of writing a book (my dissertation didn’t count), so I wrote and self-published my memoir, How Was I Supposed to Know? That book took me several years to write. Then I tried my hand at historical fiction to tell my […]

  4. […] Lorna! Now, tell them that regular followers of your blog, and those who have read your memoir, may be at an advantage with some of […]

  5. […] to my How Was I Supposed To Know Book Page on my blog to learn more about the book and for links to other […]

  6. […] you read my memoir, How was I Supposed to Know?, the book is nothing like that. It’s fictional and it’s serious. There’s even […]

  7. Thanks, Christoph! 🙂 ❤

  8. […] the medical profession with another mystery illness (this time in my belly, not my brain) and marketing the second edition of my first memoir, I’m working on getting my second book ready to be scrutinized by an editor. It’s […]

  9. And it is very much appreciated! I’ll post and tag soon, my dear friend!

  10. You’ve been tagged. Check it out:

    I usually don’t do awards or this kind of thing but wanted to take the opportunity to shine a light on a few authors whose work I loved. Enjoy!

  11. […] […]

  12. […] Me, but Victoria Is). Follow her site for your own humor break and be sure to check out her memoir, How Was I Supposed to Know: the Adventures of a Girl Whose Name Means Lost. It’s a fun read but full of […]

  13. Thanks, George! 🙂

  14. Done. 🙂

  15. Make sure to let (the the world) n=know how you felt about the book! 🙂

  16. I’m off to Amazon. I need a chuckle and a delight at the turn of phrase, as they used to say when I was a serious student. 😉

  17. I don’t know, George. The memoir is a hoot and also has 21 all 5-star reviews on Amazon. Plus it won Best Memoir of 2012 from a regional Writing Center’s juried writing contest. As I’ve been telling people, the best memoirs are not as much about the author as they are about the reader. They are about what it means to be human. That’s the book I wrote–and I wrote it in a funny yet poignant way (or so I keep getting told).

    My next book is a novel and won’t be out until later this year or early next year.

  18. Why have I not read your books?

  19. […] it of not, I am an author. I have one published book–a memoir–and am working on a novel based on a true […]

  20. […] It goes on for another 50 lines or so and it’s responding to a page about my memoir. Well, thanks for nothing. You didn’t read my memoir. If you had, you would know that I […]

  21. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it! 🙂

  22. You wrote a book??

  23. […] you missed the first round of fandabidoozle reviews that my memoir, How Was I Supposed to Know? The Adventures of a Girl Whose Name Means Lost, got, click here. You’ll get to read some great reviews and learn why I have such a hard […]

  24. Yes! I would love to attend your class! Once a teacher always a teacher! I’ll contact you via email as well… Thanks for the kind words about my book. 🙂

  25. Hi, Lorna. I am teaching a class on child trauma and authenticity. I teach at SUNY Plattsburgh. I have read your book and loved it. My students are going to read it as well. I learned about you through the Press Republican article. I was wondering if you would like to come to my class. This is an Honors class. The students are “la creme de la creme”. Please let me know. Our classes are always on Thursdays from 3:30 through 6:15 p.m. Thanks for your book.

  26. […] price for the e-book on Amazon and on Smashwords is now $2.99. Go to my page about my Memoir for all the […]

  27. […] For direct links to Amazon in other countries, direct reader to my blog page devoted to my book: […]

  28. Can’t wait to hear what you think of it!

  29. Got it!!! Looking forward to reading, Lorna.

  30. Happy to do so. I enjoyed it!

  31. Thank you so much for visiting my blog

  32. […] read. A while ago, on my personal blog, I interviewed Lorna Lee about her newly published memoir, ‘How Was I Supposed to Know?’ and one of the things she said in the interview was “Memoirs need a theme like fiction needs […]

  33. […]  Link to her site: […]

  34. Thanks. When I saw that picture looking through the boxes of old photos, I just knew that was my cover image. 🙂

  35. My pleasure. Looking forward to reading it. That’s such a cute cover! 🙂

  36. Oh, thanks so much! I do hope you get a few chuckles from it. You will learn a lot about how lost I really was.

  37. Just bought your book. 🙂

  38. […] Lorna @ Lorna’s Voice – Lorna too was an Award Winner, but this time for “The Dark Globe”‘s Outstanding Artist Awards, under the Outstanding Blogger of the Year Category, in 2011. Lorna has been a Great Supporter of “The Dark Globe”, and has also partaken as a Judge for our Site. Lorna is now one of “Legends Undying“‘s Sunday Posters, a Great Contributor, and Reader Favorite on our site. She’s also just Self Published her First Book, which you can Read About Here. […]

  39. […] In a minute we’re going to have a laugh together, but first I would like to announce that the winner of the giveaway I ran on my interview with Lorna Lee is… Anne Woodman! Congratulations Anne! You are now the proud owner of a copy of Lorna’s book ‘How Was I Supposed to Know?’ (or you will be the proud owner of it soon). If you didn’t win, but would still like to get your hands on a copy (and who wouldn’t, right?), then the buying details are on this page of Lorna’s blog. […]

  40. This reply came through. Could you try again?

  41. On a work computer, which is rubbish and tried to leave comment before with no luck. Left a review on Amazon UK. I hope you do so well. Do let us know what feedback you get.

  42. […] Amazon customers in the UK, Germany, France, Spain, or Italy, go to my Memoir Page and scroll to the bottom. I have provided separate links that Amazon gave me for those […]

  43. […] If you would like to buy the book for yourself, then this page on Lorna’s blog has the buying details – […]

  44. You’re a sweet tweeter! 🙂

  45. Thanks so much! I don’t understand how, but everything I read says this will help sell the book… I’m such a social media dolt! 😉

  46. Posted about it on Facebook Too


  47. Just Tweeted This Page on our “Legends Undying” Twitter

    Good Luck


  48. […] about the book, I’ve created a special page right here on my blog. Cleverly, I named the page, How Was I Supposed to Know, A Memoir?  Pretty smart, […]

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