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As the creator of THE BREAK-UP BIZ™, the first of motivational destinations to cover today's world of more breakups than makeups in love, life and work, my expertise comes with street credentials. In short, I have insight, enough to fill a book, and now turn up the volume on life experience to help others find hope in troubled times, inspiration amidst chaos and feel-good energy to break UP to better.
If you liked Renee Zellweger’s journaling in A Bridget Jones Diary, Julia Robert’s dismissal of the traditional in Eat Pray Love and Gwyneth Paltrow’s cultural debacle in Sliding Doors, then you will enjoy my memoir of mishaps in THE LETTER DIARIES.
This memoir of mishaps is based on 30 years of real-life letters I wrote to my grandmother who lived in a tiny village in England. Whereas, I lived here in the United States. When she died, my inheritance was my life back in a box of letters to read again, to relive life as it once was from a British upbringing to a haunted farm, then to an America life. If I knew then what I know now, would all things in love, life and work be better, the opposite of now?
Follow along as THE LETTER DIARIES unfold. But first, allow me to introduce myself…
Meet The Author
"A blend of Helen Fielding meets Candace Bushnell in an Elizabeth Gilbert teaching moment," says longtime OPRAH producer Shantel Klinger, a colleague of first-time author Daniella Cracknell who, with a last name like Cracknell, is convinced she is cracked at the core, derailed at the get go.
Her father, too, had affectionately been nicknamed "Crackers." For him, the name eventually rang true. His mental illness had cracked his world apart, disabling his life beyond repair. His television career among London's leading actors now gone. However, Daniella was sane, at least in all senses of the word so why was her life also discarded and damaged, even referred to as "garbage" in The New York Times?
Daniella possessed ultimate good girl qualities and had done all things right. But if, life had not gone so perfectly wrong, our serial singleton would never have known an American life, nor a career among Hollywood's leading daytime talk show publicists. As such, she has shaped the reputations of national TV brands, stirred media controversy, handled media crisis and negotiated national news stories featured on The Today Show and Entertainment Tonight.
In the past, her prolific letter writing to her grandma overseas had been the glue that got her through one mishap after the other. But now, her letter writing engulfs her in a mental makeover that takes readers on an emotional journey through quaint English villages and big cities of London, New York and Los Angeles where letters were mailed and received. She had not intended her letters to be returned, but here they now were at her doorstep, a documentation of life, ready to relive with new perspective.
Perhaps her former self would reveal patterns of discourse, and her own musings could help make sense of why things she had set up to go so right had gone so horribly wrong. As prolific as Daniella was in writing letters, she was equally fluent in jotting down her own private thoughts, quirky and silly ones you wouldn’t dare, out of embarrassment, share with anyone but yourself privately in a diary. When pieced together with letters from the box her grandmother had left her, Daniella now sees what she hadn’t seen before, if only she knew then what she knows now.
Readers delve into the box with Daniella, which opens with a 'Near Death' experience where Daniella's grandmother jots down visions of her own burial. Thirteen years later, the family replicate the funeral of her grandmother's dreams. Travel through 'Until Death' where Daniella goes postmortem to fulfill her end of a death pact she made with her grandmother, solidified in a latter.
The death pact comes out of conversation on the topic of epistolary novels made popular in the 18th century, commonly known as the great age of letter writing, which, at that time, was one of the few allowable forms of written expression open to women. The topic leads Daniella and her grandmother to make a death pact in which THE LETTER DIARIES take Daniella on a journey to fulfill her end of the promise.
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