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Portsmouth woman shares her love for writing through books

By Rachel Follender
features@seacoastonline.com
July 18, 2013 2:00 AM

When Eileen Doyon’s father died from lung cancer in 2011, she found comfort in the form of written word. Through her discovery, she was able to help others in dealing with their own loss.

“I was going through the healing process,” Doyon said. “I did a lot of research online and they suggested people write in a journal. I knew I had to do something.”

The Portsmouth resident felt that her healing process would be more meaningful if she could share it with others, and so she came up with the idea for “Dedications,” a compilation of short stories written by women remembering their dads who served in the military.

Doyon dedicated the book to her father, who served in the military and fought it World War II. “Dedications” is the first of her self-published series titled “Unforgettable Faces & Stories.” Similarly formatted, “Keepsakes” was published shortly afterward, which tells the individual stories of personal mementos. Doyon plans to release several more books within the genre.

“I thought, oh my God, if people got excited about this, what other stories do people want to share?” she said.

Upcoming books include “Best Friends,” “Small Town Memories,” and “Motorcycle Memories,” for which Doyon is running a contest to select a new title. She said the winner will receive an attribution within the book, and a free copy.

Doyon plans to donate a percentage of the profit from each book to a corresponding charity. Funds from “Best Friends,” for example, will go to Big Brothers Big Sisters, while those made from “Motorcycle Memories” will go to the Patriot Guard Riders.

“My mission is to help as many people as I can,” Doyon said.

Hard copies of “Dedications” and “Keepsakes” are currently available to purchase online for $9.99. For information on Eileen Doyon, the “Unforgettable Faces & Stories” series and how to make submissions, visitwww.unforgettablefacesandstories.com. The books feature tales written by people from various places, and Doyon said she has yet to turn a story down.

“I truly believe in my heart that everyone has a story to tell and pictures to share,” Doyon said. “This has been a phenomenal experience.”

 

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