My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. All shall be well!
Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
A. Pachelbel Canon D; Wind Beneath my Wings, The Rose, A Whiter Shade of Pale, Morning Has Broken
Q. Which living person do you most admire?
A. Nelson Mandela
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. For me, perfect happiness is the ability to revel in the day-to-day miracle of being alive and filling my days with moments of joy, beauty and connection--flowers, music, talking to my daughter, or lying in a hammock on an idyllic summer day watching the clouds play charades.
Q. What do you regret most?
A. Killing time.
December 03, 2012I am delighted that my memoir MOONLIGHT ON LINOLEUM is a 2012 Grand Prix Selection for ELLE Magazine's Nonfiction Book of the Year. Cloistered in my office writing (and re-writing) for the better part of two years, I hoped readers would identify with the universal themes of love, forgiveness, abandonment and redemption clothed in the particulars of my story and the lives of my sisters. The bond of sisterhood forged between the six of us became a taproot from which we drew strength, comfort and belonging. If our story can inspire others, then the distilling of our lives onto paper was well worth the effort and risk of waking sleeping giants.
August 22, 2012A comment I love hearing about Moonlight on Linoleum, is: "Your memoir reads like a novel." This comparison to literary fiction affirms the countless hours I spent constructing floor plans of our trailer house, perusing old photographs with a magnifying glass, locating marriage certificates and divorce decrees, interviewing relatives and friends, and creating an elaborate time line that spanned two decades. My voluminous research became the building blocks for vivid scenes in my memoir that anchored the action of our family's story.
Instead of telling our story in generalities (we lived in a trailer), I tried to invite the reader into our... see more