“Writing this memoir is the bravest thing I’ve ever done.”
Beth Gumerove was born in the hills of Western Pennsylvania at a time when the coal fields and steel mills gave life to her town.
She mines this landscape in her memoir Like it Never Happened, digging up her past and blasting it with new light.
When she left her blue-collar hometown in 1971, she went to Ohio University to study journalism. This degree helped clear the way for her career in writing.
Producing marketing materials for hospitals across Phoenix, Arizona, her positions connected her to patients, young and old, who were facing overwhelming challenges. She felt privileged to find the grace in their struggles.
When life tugged her out of her comfort zone in Phoenix and asked her to recreate herself in Los Angeles, it was a blessing in disguise.
Small freelancing jobs led to larger opportunities. After a year, she opened her own advertising agency specializing in medical marketing. Her work won national awards.
But it was all work, all the time, and at a tipping point, she chose to begin a family. Twenty years passed. She raised three boys. And in the cyclical spin of life, her children led her back to writing.
It was a natural transition to help her son’s friends craft their college essays. When referrals poured in, her business grew and attracted applicants for graduate, law, dental and medical schools. Then internships. She worked with hundreds of students, helping each candidate distill details of their past and discover what drove their sense of purpose.
More than any other position, this quiet, one-on-one, heart-to-heart work with students prepared her for the lonely journey into authorship. After a lifetime of writing about others, she found the courage to write about herself.