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: dizzylorna@hotmail.com.

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 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. artist meets author | sue clancy
    Oct 22, 2015 @ 14:15:53

  2. Author Wednesday – Lorna Lee | P.C. Zick
    Jan 14, 2015 @ 03:57:31

  3. An Interview With Lorna Earl, author of “Never Look Back” | countingducks
    Jan 05, 2015 @ 06:34:00

  4. Come and Play with Lorna to Win an Amazon Gift Card! | Vanessa-Jane Chapman
    Nov 05, 2014 @ 07:10:09

  5. Free, Free, Free. Did I mention Free? | Lorna's Voice
    Oct 17, 2014 @ 01:03:09

  6. What’s The Hold Up? New Book Cover Revealed! | Lorna's Voice
    Sep 20, 2014 @ 01:00:25

  7. Lorna's Voice
    Jul 24, 2014 @ 11:36:15

    Thanks, Christoph! 🙂 ❤

  8. Finally! A game I’m Good at… | Lorna's Voice
    Feb 17, 2014 @ 01:02:53

  9. Lorna's Voice
    Feb 10, 2014 @ 13:57:04

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

  10. The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap
    Feb 09, 2014 @ 12:35:39

    You’ve been tagged. Check it out: http://thepersecutionofmildreddunlap.wordpress.com/2014/02/09/i-tot-tagged-passing-it-along/

    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. I tot tagged! Passing it along. | The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap
    Feb 09, 2014 @ 12:27:33

  12. Monday Meanderings–Television: A Blessing or a Curse? | Victoria C. Slotto, Author
    Sep 02, 2013 @ 17:03:36

  13. Lorna's Voice
    Aug 16, 2013 @ 09:31:27

    Thanks, George! 🙂

  14. George Weaver
    Aug 15, 2013 @ 18:14:53

    Done. 🙂

  15. Lorna's Voice
    Aug 15, 2013 @ 16:20:27

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

  16. George Weaver
    Aug 15, 2013 @ 15:34:52

    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. Lorna's Voice
    Aug 15, 2013 @ 09:53:23

    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. George Weaver
    Aug 13, 2013 @ 21:02:41

    Why have I not read your books?

  19. Who is this “Lorna Person” anyway? | Legends Undying
    Aug 11, 2013 @ 11:45:28

  20. Is there a microcrapologist in the house? My SPAM is fishy! | Lorna's Voice
    Aug 10, 2013 @ 15:34:34

  21. Lorna's Voice
    Apr 09, 2013 @ 09:42:11

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

  22. Al
    Apr 08, 2013 @ 16:58:04

    You wrote a book??

  23. Making My Own Kind of Music, Round 2 | Lorna's Voice
    Apr 08, 2013 @ 16:20:08

  24. Lorna's Voice
    Mar 18, 2013 @ 17:22:42

    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. Margarita Garcia-Notario
    Mar 16, 2013 @ 23:51:46

    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. Don’t Discount this Discount on My Memoir | Lorna's Voice
    Mar 16, 2013 @ 15:33:59

  27. “How Was I Supposed To Know: The Adventures of a Girl Whose Name Means Lost” by Lorna Lee | writerchristophfischer
    Mar 04, 2013 @ 01:12:47

  28. Lorna's Voice
    Feb 28, 2013 @ 16:32:05

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

  29. Victoria C. Slotto
    Feb 28, 2013 @ 13:12:28

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

  30. Lorna's Voice
    Feb 26, 2013 @ 10:47:41

    Happy to do so. I enjoyed it!

  31. rimassolosailingaroundtheworldm
    Feb 25, 2013 @ 20:03:01

    Thank you so much for visiting my blog

  32. Memoirs – They’re Not All About You | Limebird Writers
    Feb 25, 2013 @ 05:08:37

  33. Introducing How Was I Supposed to Know by Lorna Lee « The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap
    Feb 21, 2013 @ 15:29:04

  34. Lorna's Voice
    Feb 15, 2013 @ 16:57:52

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

  35. The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap
    Feb 15, 2013 @ 11:02:43

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

  36. Lorna's Voice
    Feb 15, 2013 @ 10:35:07

    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. The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap
    Feb 14, 2013 @ 19:21:32

    Just bought your book. 🙂

  38. The Legends Undying “There Be Dragons Here” Writing Contest Has Officially Begun!! | Legends Undying
    Feb 07, 2013 @ 17:25:22

  39. Lost in Translation | Vanessa-Jane Chapman
    Feb 01, 2013 @ 06:20:59

  40. Lorna's Voice
    Jan 28, 2013 @ 09:10:31

    This reply came through. Could you try again?

  41. maturestudenthanginginthere
    Jan 28, 2013 @ 08:32:55

    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. Okay, Now I Feel Really, Really, For Real, Different « Lorna's Voice
    Jan 25, 2013 @ 10:55:50

  43. How was Lorna supposed to know? Win her book and find out! | Vanessa-Jane Chapman
    Jan 22, 2013 @ 07:01:19

  44. Lorna's Voice
    Jan 14, 2013 @ 11:17:55

    You’re a sweet tweeter! 🙂

  45. Lorna's Voice
    Jan 14, 2013 @ 11:17:20

    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. darkjade68
    Jan 13, 2013 @ 13:36:09

    Posted about it on Facebook Too


  47. darkjade68
    Jan 13, 2013 @ 13:32:58

    Just Tweeted This Page on our “Legends Undying” Twitter

    Good Luck


  48. Funny, I don’t feel any different… « Lorna's Voice
    Jan 13, 2013 @ 11:19:17

Silence can be just what the doctor ordered. You know I'm a doctor, right?

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