Now that my third book is published, I have figured out what I’m doing as I write. None too soon!
I am capturing the biographies, the 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 is my next book. Much of what I’ve woven together includes her own words in ribald and poignant ways as she used the attitude that buoyed her life to ultimately deal with the disease that took her too soon.
I hold a Ph.D. in adult learning from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and then a BA and an MA in English (Luther College and Winona State University). In recent years, I worked at Madison College and then taught at Edgewood College, both in Madison, WI until retirement in August 2018.