The summer of 1997, I was happily pregnant and writing for the first time in my life, thanks to a kick-start from The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron. Filled with endless creativity and possibilities, I felt myself blossoming into what I was meant to be.
Sadly, my daughter didn't survive, and my dreams were dashed. By then I had a regular writing practice, and I turned to it as a means to survive. Writing kept me connected to life as I grieved my losses. Out of this sadness, I wrote and published When a Grandchild Dies: What to Do, What to Say, How to Cope, which has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.
While working on WGD, another author, Georgie Holbrook, hired me to edit her book, Joy-Full Holistic Remedies: How to Experience Your Natural Ability to Heal. I worked with Georgie off and on for several years with her book and its marketing, and it was truly a "joy-full" experience.
In January I will release another editing project, Patchwork and Ornament: A Woman's Journey of Life, Love, and Art by Jeanette Feldman. This started out as a project for the family...Jenny was my mother-in-law, and when she died in December 2008, she left behind a treasure trove of journals. As I started to put the book together, though, I began to think that others might enjoy her stories, and apparently others agree. P&O was a finalist in the Memoir category at the Texas Writers' League's 2009 Manuscript Contest (under the name Pentimento).
Behind the scenes, I'm working on a number of projects. One is a book of meditations based on the book of Exodus...and is far more lighthearted than it sounds! I've also completed a novel, Blood and Loam, that I am revising and hope to release in 2011.
When I'm not writing, I love to travel! My husband Henry and I have visited numerous foreign countries, with plenty of domestic destinations as well. We are active, enjoying hiking in national parks, for example, and are about to take a hiking trip to Switzerland. I also maintain a dedicated yoga practice (I taught for a few years as well), and enjoy preparing healthful but tasty meals. Henry has boy-girl twins in college, Joe and Sarah, who liven up the house between school terms.