Creating a Life: The memoir of a writer and mom in the making, was published by Catalyst Book Press in 2010. It shares the bumpy road that led Corbin to motherhood and a career as a writer. Deformed sperm, a miscarriage, and quitting her job to become an editor only to have that publication become bankrupt were a few hurdles that she crossed along the way. But Corbin not only survives, she thrives, and is able to share her story in a heartfelt and humorous way.
Creating a Life was nominated for the 2011 PNBA and Washington State book award and has received positive reviews in Hip Mama, Feminist Review, Midwifery Today, Brain Child, Reality Check and other print and online journals.
Corbin is available to come and speak to your book group about Creating a Life, the writing and publishing process, motherhood, career changes, restless feelings, or any other life topic. Wine and cheese are appreciated, but not necessary. Contact Corbin for her availability.
“By bravely—and humorously—sharing her deepest secrets and confronting her biggest fears, Corbin Lewars makes one of the strongest arguments out there that pregnancy and childbirth aren’t simply about biology doing its thing. Becoming a parent is also about figuring out where you’ve been and where you want to be. For anyone who has ever rolled their eyes and asked, “Why would anyone give birth at home?” this memoir will not only give you an answer but have you cheering on the author as she triumphantly brings her baby into the world in a powerful, joyous way.” -Marisa Cohen, author of Deliver This, and Senior editor at Glamour
“You don’t have to be a mother or an artist to appreciate the journey Corbin Lewars took to become both...You just have to value the courage it takes to build your life around a dream. —Ariel Gore, editor, Hip Mama magazine
“Creating a Life is a story of memory and forgetting, of ghosts from the past slowly fading, of courage and forgiveness. Lewars’ story is honest and raw, her outlook hopeful and heartwarming.”—Midge Raymond, author of Forgetting English
Creating A Life is one of the most exquisite and brave memoirs I have read in years. The message of hope and dedication is universal and steps outside the confines of the story itself, reaching women of all ages. As a writer, woman, and mother, I’m humbled by this beautiful, courageous book. Many life lessons are here for the learning.—Ann Hite, Feminist Review, 3/10/2010
Neither preachy nor apologetic, Creating a Life will interest anyone who enjoys a woman’s tale of self-discovery and empowerment. Through giving birth, Lewars takes back control of her body, by creating a life, she recaptures her own. For that, she deserves gold.- Janna Cawrse Esarey, author of The Motion of the Ocean
This book is for every woman who has doubted her ability to do what she really wanted to, and it is the proof that we all can.–Review of Creating a Life by Lisa Beliveau, Hip Mama, Spring 2010