About Me

My Writing Experiences

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I have been writing all my life, beginning with a diary that my mother gave me as a child.  Keeping a journal and regular letter-writing continue to be activities I enjoy.  I began writing professionally while teaching at a community college, creating study manuals for my students and writing curriculum for my department. Later, as a technical writer for a  software company, I wrote course manuals for technicians and sales personnel. It wasn't until after the death of my daughter that I decided to write something personal for publication. My first book is the story of my daughter's life and her battle with brain cancer. I'm currently working on a second book which will be a combination of personal narrative and essays to explain the concepts and theories that have had the most influence on  me throughout my life. I hope to finish it before the end of this year.

Forest Dale Publishing Company

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I formed this company in 2009 in order to publish my first book, Dance When the Brain Says No. For the next ten years, I helped other writers prepare their books for publishing by editing their manuscripts and guiding them through the print-on-demand method of self-publishing. Though I no longer do that professionally,  I am still interested in educating writers about this option because it does not require a major financial commitment. If you are a writer and would like my perspective about this option, I would be glad to share what I have learned about this means of publishing one's work.


Why I Write

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I believe that  by putting my thoughts and feelings to written words helps bring about clarity.  Initially, it  forces me to structure and organize what can often be a whirl of confusion in my mind. By putting names to the feelings I'm having, I'm then able to question them in relation to the motives that evoke them. Is this really rational? Is my  reaction justified?  Furthermore, by understanding that  my emotional reaction results from a certain interpretation of my experience, I know that I can change an interpretation. So the process of writing encourages me to look at other options  that may be more rational.  Writing also requires total engagement and focus, in that it's a creative act . Though my motivation to write isn't  consistent, I do know that I  always feel better having done it. 

  If there's a book you really want to read but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.  ~Toni Morrison