Lee Doyle, Profile of a First-time Author…

September 21, 2009 Tony Hurst


In the fall of 2008, after more than a decade of writing and revising, Lee Doyle finally published her first novel, The Love We All Wait For.

I met Lee through a networking organization where we were both marketing our respective businesses (Lee owns Credible Communications, a marketing communications firm in Marin County, California.) I immediately liked Lee’s genuineness and astute professionalism; two things that can be mutually exclusive in the world of business and especially in marketing.

Then I read Lee’s newly published book and I discovered a woman with an incredible talent not only for business but for writing fiction.

Frank and original, her novel reminds me of great classical literature by writers such as J. D. Salinger or John Steinbeck. Lee’s blog on her writing process reveals a deeply sensitive writer who juggles responsibilities as a mother and wife with her commitment to writing.

Too often, we witness the result of someone answering their calling and not the struggle behind it. But there is beauty in the struggle. Being a published author is no small thing and publishing a work at this level of authenticity is rare.

“Writing this novel was a personal triumph on many levels,” Lee explains. “First, there was the writing and revising, which required getting my butt in my chair, no matter what. But I also had to overcome the inner voice that was out to sabotage my efforts, the voice that tells us we’re not good enough, don’t have it in us, etc.  I grappled with an enormous amount of self-doubt writing this book. But eventually the characters became so real, the world I created so vivid, there was no way I could give up.  I simply had to push through the mental and emotional barriers and keep writing. In the midst of this, I started a business, had a child and underwent a huge healing process related to the death of my mother when I was five years old. Very unexpectedly, the novel helped me to deal with this trauma. I’ve come out the other side a better, happier person.”

There’s a lot more to fulfilling a dream like Lee’s than just the finished work. We should all strive to have the courage to face our demons and be as proud of the process as we are of the product.

Lee teaches writing at Book Passage and offers private editing and coaching to writers. Check out Fiction Toolbox at Book Passage, a series of four evening classes that will focus on the essentials of fiction: voice, character, setting, and plot. If you’re a writer this is your chance to unlock, unblock, or unleash your best fiction. (Lee is also available to speak at book clubs in the San Francisco Bay Area. Email her for details.)

My life has been enriched through contact with Lee and her book. I highly recommend The Love We All Wait For, available in book stores and online at Barnes and Noble and Amazon. More information on Lee and her novel can be found at: http://www.leedoyleauthor.com. Find inspiration in Lee’s blog and follow her on Twitter @leewdoyle.

Above all, do what you love; it means the world to the rest of us.

-Love, Tony

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Leela Setty  |  September 28, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    Hi Tony,

    Thank you very much for sharing Lee Doyle’s life experience of Hope and Courage which inspired her finally to fulfill her AMAZING DREAM!

    Hi Lee, National Best Books 2008 Award Winner!!!!!

    Good Luck and Congratulations!!!!!
    you must be very proud of yourself.

    Your book title “The Love We All Wait For”, reminds me a quote:

    Infinite love is a weapon
    of matchless potency. It is
    the “summum bonum” of Life.
    It is an attribute of the brave,
    in fact it is their all.

    It does not come within the
    reach of the coward. It is no wooden or lifeless dogma but
    a living and life-giving force.
    It is the special attribute
    of the heart.

    MAHATMA GANDHI (1869-1948)


    • 2. lwdoyle  |  October 13, 2009 at 9:51 pm

      Very nice Ghandi quote, but then aren’t all of them great? Thanks for reading Tony’s post.

  • 3. Hazel Wood  |  September 25, 2009 at 4:28 am

    Tony, thank you for sharing this wonderful information about Lee and her talents and accomplishments. And to Lee – you must be very proud of yourself. Congratulations on achieving something that most people don’t even allow themselves to dream about.

  • 4. Paulette Furey  |  September 22, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    Hi Tony:

    Congrats to Lee for getting published. I am looking forward to reading her book.

    aka – Pattie Parsnips

    • 5. lwdoyle  |  October 13, 2009 at 9:52 pm

      Let me know how you like it!
      Thanks for reading.

      • 6. lwdoyle  |  October 13, 2009 at 9:52 pm

        Oops, I meant Pattie 🙂

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