“Dracula is a brilliant metaphor for the author’s past as she confronts the dark forces that have shaped her life. Captivating!”—June Sarpong, MTV

          

Jane Congdon’s mesmerizing  memoir begins by detailing her lifelong fascination with Count Dracula and eventually leads her to the realization that monsters can lurk in many places and take  many forms. Deeply personal, It Started with Dracula will tantalize readers with its parallel stories of discovery.


Jane was thirteen when she fell in love with Dracula at the movies and longed to see the rugged landscapes of Transylvania. Jane’s incredible journey begins as she ignites her dream, traveling to Count Dracula’s homeland in  Romania, a mysterious land of ancient castles, misty hollows, and captivating legends.


When the “trip of a lifetime” triggers decades-buried memories of life with an alcoholic mother, that sets in motion a life-changing inner journey. Readers will glimpse the author’s childhood through movie references and real encounters  with her mother, who was more frightening to the girl than Dracula.


Unfolding in 18 days as she follows the footsteps of Dracula from Bucharest to the Carpathian Mountains and the Black Sea, this journey through Dracula's backyard becomes the prism through which Jane revisits her childhood and finds new happiness in her life.


Jane’s journey, one of rediscovery and remembrance, offers readers excellent insight about facing their own demons. It Started with Dracula:The Count, My Mother, and Me is a memoir full of surprises, hope, love—and, most of all, second chances.



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“You’ll love the story of Jane Congdon, who gave up a career that had stopped making her happy, and at age sixty-six will have her first book published.”—Deborah Norville in the Foreword for Chicken Soup for the Soul: Find Your Happiness


Readers everywhere should keep an eye on this contemporary memoir that reads like fiction. It Started With Dracula embodies many of the literary techniques that make fiction such great reading: intriguing subject matter, universal themes, and intimacy with the reader. A fantastic read that chronicles author Jane Congdon’s journey through her past as her distant memories converge in real time, changing her life forever.Patty Hansen, co-author of books and stories in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, including Divorce and Recovery and Out of the Blue: Delight Comes into Our Lives


Stunning! An elegant memoir of discovery, of dark secrets dragged into the light. —Catherine Watson, Lowell Thomas Award-winning travel editor and author

I love this book for many reasons, but as an editor I especially appreciate the structure—the brilliant interweaving of stories and locations. This is a beautiful book.—Mary C. Noschang, Editor-in-Chief, Peter Li Education Group

As a Romanian who grew up in Transylvania, I was fascinated by this story and the idea that someone wanted so badly to see my country when I only wanted to leave it. We weren’t so different after all; both of us had to escape our own nightmares, and both of us followed our dreams. I loved the story and especially appreciated the intricate description of the beautiful Romanian countryside.—Aura Imbarus, author, Out of the Transylvania Night

This is a perfect book club selection! Our group had some great discussions about travel, relationships, and even the supernatural.—Karen Caldwell, Fabulous Book Babes, Mason, Ohio

Compelling and inspirational! I never tire of the message that hope and forgiveness are possible--even after many years.—Sharrie Williams, author of The Maybelline Story and the Spirited Family Dynasty Behind It





                   

 

Book Details


October 2011


Trade Paper


350 pages


English


ISBN-10: 1936332108


ISBN-13: 9781936332106


Self-Help/Inspiration


Memoir/Travelogue



 
IT STARTED WITH 
DRACULA
The Count, My Mother, and Me

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Read about Jane’s career in            “How I Found My Calling.”


Jane’s inspiring story appears in                                 Chicken Soup for the Soul: Find Your Happiness                                  











Available Oct. 25, 2011.


“You’ll love the story of Jane Congdon, who gave up a career that had stopped making her happy, and at age sixty-six will have her first book published.”—Deborah Norville in the Foreword for Chicken Soup for the Soul: Find Your Happiness