Driving Lessons

While writing my story I had been debating—with myself—is it a novel or a memoir? Some would call it auto fiction, fictional memoir or historical fiction. I decided I am writing a book based on my life.

There you have it: Driving Lessons 

Driving Lessons by Michaela von Schweinitz

A Roadtrip 

Of course, she wanted to come along. Does it matter she doesn’t even have her license yet? Who cares? 

In “Driving Lessons” Leonie, a nineteen years old girl from Germany, is on her first road trip with two new friends crossing two borders—yes, Europe was still very much devided then.

What begins as a joy ride quickly turns into a roller coaster of emotions. Leonie has to navigate a foreign territory, gain her footing and find out who is on her side before it is too late.

Based on a true story this adventure keeps you at the edge of your seat, riding shotgun so to speak, wondering, how this naive, innocent girl will get out of the trouble she gets herself into along the way.

The book isn’t out yet, but parts of my story have already been published. In the video below I’m reading from my essay Spanish Beach Vacation published in the anthology Spring and All. Laura Rink, my editor from Red Wheelbarrow Writers, introduces me.

The video below is edited down to three minutes. 

What readers said:

 

“A lovely, haunting story.”

“There is so much longing and nostalgia.”

“Thank you for sharing your poignant story. Lovely!”

“I didn’t just read this piece; I absorbed it. I changed in the process. Huge kudos.”

“I will be so excited to read your book when it’s done.”

“I really can’t wait to read your book.”

“Totally nailed the voice of innocence in this piece, taking me back to my travelling days.”

Driving Lessons by Michaela von Schweinitz
Nicole-Rosengurt
Nicole Rosengurt

Naked Angels NYC selected chapters from Driving Lessons as solo pieces for their cold reading series Tuesdays@9.

Nicole Rosengurt personified the protagonist with her spunk and youthfulness innocence at the latest reading.

It was my last reading at The Kraine Theater. 

Naked Angels NYC Tuesdays@9
Melené Sosi
Melené Sosi
Penny Balfour
Penny Balfour
Kelsey Puttrich
Kelsey Puttrich
Naked Angels NYC Tuesdays@9
Naked Angels NYC Tuesdays@9
Naked Angels NYC Tuesdays@9