Growing up Southern Baptist with a self-absorbed Mother and often absent Father, Jo Alch was forced to spend most of her childhood with an abusive Grandmother who believed that hard work was the only way to get to heaven. On weekends, while her Catholic friends were watching cartoons and playing with the latest toys, Jo and her siblings were polishing silver and starching linens with military precision. Her Grandmother’s personality at church was gentle and kind, unlike the often cruel and harsh one only her family saw.
Jo’s life changed when she stumbled upon a little shop not far from her home, where a perfect stranger gave her the hope for a brighter future. That shop was called 'The Lemon Tree' and that's the story that inspired Jo to write her first book 'The Lemon Tree Book - Memoirs of Courage'.
Tune in to be inspired by stories of those who triumphed over adversity.
REPLAY: Meet the Author part 2
On part two of 'Meet the Author' Jo Alch explains the chapters regarding her adolescence, on facing her parents' divorce in a very conservative Baptist Church; keeping appearances at Church and adapting to life with an absent mother.
Jo delves into how she learned to survive, how her relationship with God shifted, her abusive grandmother and how the Lemon Tree became a beacon of hope in her life.
If you'd like to know more about 'The Lemon Tree - Memoirs of Courage' book, please visit the official website: http://thelemontreebook.com/
If you'd like to purchase Jo's book, please visit: https://amzn.to/2lZ1ijs
Author Michael Gray - Ep. 23
In this episode of The Lemon Tree, Jo Alch sits down with Author Michael Gray.
About Michael: I love writing books for other people. I feel like I’ve been writing my entire life, and the fact is I have. At fourteen, I taped my first work of satire to the refrigerator and waited for the laughs. Although muted, they did come.
Buoyed by that success, I moved into other arenas, publishing my first work in 1989. Ten years later, I published my first book. For the past twenty years, I’ve been ghostwriting books—north of one hundred. While the longest has been a 387-page 125,000-word behemoth, some are as short as 100-pages. Almost every book has received outstanding reviews.
Currently, I live and work in the Preston Hollow neighborhood of Dallas. Married for over thirty years, I spend each day in my home office, pounding away on my keyboard. Next to me on the floor is my precious writing buddy, Tizzy—a sweet but alert Corgi—making sure I get the work done. A nice long walk is her just reward.
For more information about Michael, visit www.texasghostwriter.com
The Lemon Tree Special Episode - Ep. 22
This week, Jo sits down with Sarah Strackhouse from The Strackhouse to discuss her book, The Lemon Tree. She details her tough childhood and how one stranger she met at a shop not far from where she lived changed her life forever. Jo is now the CEO of one of the largest senior-living companies in the southern part of the United States and hopes her story can help others who are struggling. To learn more information about Jo and her book, visit www.thelemontreebook.com.
So you want to write your story? The Benefits of a Memoir Writing Class: Ep. 21
In this episode of The Lemon Tree, Jo Alch sits down with Author Alice Parker. Originally from Chicago, Alice has degrees in psychology, marketing, and English ESLbilingual–bi-cultural studies in graduate school. Her Memoir has 45 pages of poems, setting up the chapters and sections, as she’s been an award-winning poet since the mid-1970s. She joined the Poetry Society of Texas, where she won first place in the state several times in the annual contests and several anthologies. Also, a 3-time President of Mockingbird Poetry chapter in McKinney.
"It all comes back to you!", Beth Duke- Ep. 20
In this episode of The Lemon Tree, Jo Alch sits down with Beth Duke, author of "It all comes back to you!".
Christine Hoza - Ep. 19
In this episode of The Lemon Tree, Jo Alch sits down with author Christine Hoza to learn about her story of courage and the journey of writing her memoir.
You can reach out to Christine through her profile: