NORTH HAVEN — With Valentine’s Day just a few weeks away, more people may be thinking about how to find the perfect match.
One Connecticut native decided to share her online dating experiences in a memoir titled “Plenty of Laughs: One Woman’s Journey Navigating the Online Dating Waters.”
Dana Buckmir recently held a book signing at Barnes & Noble on Universal Drive.
“I always envisioned myself as a writer, but I just didn’t feel as though I had a story to tell,” the rookie author said.
Buckmir decided to use correspondence with potential online suitors from websites such as Plenty of Fish to get started.
“The book has those online correspondences between the narrative,” Buckmir explained during the Jan. 17 event. “It adds that element that makes it seem as though you’re reading a diary.”
Buckmir was striving for a book that was part memoir and part self-help.
“You know there’s stuff out there like ‘Dating for Dummies’ but you don’t have anything that’s based on personal experience,” she said.
The personal experience include plenty of dating snafus. In one chapter she recounts meeting a catfish — someone who creates a false online identity. In another, she explores her pickiness as DanaDane (the author’s online screenname) tries to find a match.
“In life we’re all looking for love and to belong,” she said. “People aren’t alone. I talk about dating but I also talk about themes of friendship and growing up. I want to show people that there is this kind of commonality so we can build a community.”
Buckmir also mentioned a possible sequel exploring her experience rekindling a “long lost love.”
“You don’t know where life is going to take you,” she said. “Things fell in line for me when I stopped looking.”
You can find out more about Buckmir and her book at www.danabuckmir.com.