Now that my fifth book has been published, I have figured out what I’m doing as I write. None too soon!
I am capturing the biographies and memoirs of people whose stories would likely be lost in our busy and complex world.
- Jackie, with her traumatic brain injury from the execution-style shooting, could not write her story alone.
- DarRen and I co-wrote our overlapping stories. As a “lifer,” he did not have access to the world of publishers in the ways I did. Our co-writing enriched both of our life experiences.
- Tera could not write her story of the end of her life, the hoarding and the cancer. With help from her sister, I captured her tale.
- Nancy’s story includes her own words in ribald and poignant ways as she used her attitude to love life and ultimately deal with the disease [dermatomyositis] that took her too soon.
- Joshua, the punter, works with youth, helping them avoid gang involvement. A former prison guard and parole officer, Joshua made the choice to work in prevention rather than rehabilitation.
I write with dreamers who want to tell their stories, helping them capture their memoirs. It is a fascinating, challenging, and intimate process as we move from dream to publication.
I hold a Ph.D. in adult education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and then a BA and an MA in English (Luther College and Winona State University). I taught at Edgewood College, Madison, WI, for twenty-five years, retiring in 2018.