JoeyPinkney.com Exclusive Interview
5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…
Boyd Lemon, author of Digging Deep: A Writer Uncovers His Marriages
Digging Deep is a memoir about Boyd Lemon’s role in the destruction of his three marriages. This is a journey to understand one man’s role in marriages that ended in divorce, confusion, bitterness and blame.
The Pearl in the Oyster has been the journey of the writing, for the writer himself, and the peace that writing has brought him. Lemon lived on the cusp of the moralistic generation that grew up in the 1940s and 50s and the next generation that embraced sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll, as well as equality and independence for women. The transition rocked all pretenses of his working class upbringing.
The writer’s hope is that revealing the path of his own struggle to clarity and peace leads others to their own awakening, as so many modern couples and individuals deal with understanding and defining the new order in relationships, as well as facing their own past.
Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the inspiration to write Digging Deep: A Writer Uncovers His Marriages?
Boyd Lemon: I had finished 15 or so short stories, and I yearned to write a novel. My writing mentor advised me that she didn’t think I was ready to write a novel, but she suggested I write a memoir about my three marriages.
“There’s gold there,” she said. So I started it. I showed her the first draft, and she told me to throw it away and start over. I got inspired during the writing of the second draft when I started digging into my role in the destruction of those marriages.
JP: What sets Digging Deep: A Writer Uncovers His Marriages apart from other books in the same genre?
BL: It is brutally honest, holding nothing back of relevance in complex relationships and can help others understand and face issues in their own relationships. In the process, it is entertaining and in places humorous.
JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that led to Digging Deep: A Writer Uncovers His Marriages getting out to the public?
BL: Exposing it to as many people as possible that I think are in my target market.
JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take you to start and finish Digging Deep: A Writer Uncovers His Marriages?
BL: I wrote nearly every day for two years, but it took me ten drafts to get it as right as I could get it. I also had a lot of help from my mentor and from three editors.
JP: What’s next for Boyd Lemon?
BL: I’m writing another memoir, this one about retirement.
Writing this book was emotionally excruciating, but in the end, tremendously healing.