Other Writing

I love to write, but didn't have much excuse to do it after I graduated from college.  In 2005 I made a conscious decision to try my hand at real writing and the first thing I did was an essay for the This I Believe project on public radio.  It seemed like a good way to get into it since the format felt like a school assignment.  My essay, titled "Amazing Grace," made it into a collection called This I Believe: On Love published in November 2010, and I recorded it for broadcast on the Bob Edwards Show on November 5, 2011.

I had two essays published at Babble before they hired me on as a blogger for a few years.  My blog there was called Holding Down the Fort and it chronicled my life during my husband's second deployment to Iraq.  I was proud of the writing I did on that blog.  Disney apparently wasn't impressed because after acquiring Babble they recently deleted all my work from their archive.  I recently found a link to it using the wayback machine, so if you are curious particularly about my experiences during Ian's deployment, scroll back through Holding Down the Fort.

I've had essays published on the site Rewire Me, as well as on Mom.me.  I am also a regular contributor to Lake Effect on WUWM, my local public radio station.

Not long after my first essay was published I decided to attempt writing fiction.  I thought it might be nice to work on a novel in the background for a few years just to see what that was like.  It turned out to be so enjoyable I cranked out a whole book in a couple of months.  Then I wrote two more, along with some companion short stories.  After much thought, effort, and research I decided to self-publish.

My first novel, "Almost There," is available in print currently at the CreateSpace estore and also on Amazon, and is available in ebook form just about everywhere.

I also have a non-fiction proposal for a compilation of the emails my husband and I wrote to one another during his first deployment.  Those were stressful, interesting times.  I'm still looking for a traditional publisher for that book, and hope I find one.