My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. All shall be well!
Q. Which living person do you most admire?
A. Nelson Mandela
Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. I would be an old oak tree--dripping with moss and with a limb low enough for a child to find safety and refuge in my branches.
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. Puzzles and games.
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
A. I'm judgmental of people who are judgmental.
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