As a four-year-old, Lise Deguire endured an accidental burning that covered 65 percent of her body. She recovered physically, but the emotional scars that remained affected the rest of her life. She chronicled her past in a memoir, Flashback Girl, that garnered recognition by two international competitions, reports Lisa Gage for the Yardley Patch.
Deguire’s writing won the 2020 Nautilus Gold Award, which celebrates “books for a better world.” It’s also a finalist for a 2021 Next Generation Indie Book Award, a plaudit with international reach.
In Flashback Girl, Deguire poignantly recounts her painful life experience. After her accidental burning, she endured countless surgeries and extended hospital stays. She grew up in a dysfunctional family and eventually lost four members of her family to suicide.
Yet, she shares to inspire others who suffer life’s challenges. She interweaves the clinical expertise gained from her psychology practice with stories from her past. She seeks to provide important resilience techniques to anyone undergoing hardships.
In commenting on her honor, Deguire said, “[The Nautilus] Award places my book in the company of highly esteemed authors: Depak Chopra, Barbara Kingsolver, Desmond Tutu, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama. I am truly humbled and honored to be selected to represent my memoir among such great authors and thought leaders.”
More about Deguire, including details on an upcoming book signing, is at the Yardley Patch.