Now that an eight book has been published, I have figured out what I’m doing as I write and edit. None too soon!
Simply, I help writers capture their biographies and memoirs — stories that could 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.
- Diane’s memoir literally depicts her life from joy to anguish, and back, as she recalls her 80+ years of engaged living and insightful growth.
- Pascual knew the experiences of his life were not the way things were supposed to be. He took his early experiences and turned them into compassionate teaching in his roles as teacher and administrator.
- Rebecca Lawton and Dawn Rosewitz wrote the story of Rebecca’s three hemorrhagic strokes, her cognitive and physical recoveries, and her ultimate work as a special education paraprofessional. I was a part of editing this impressive story or a multiple stroke survivor.
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.