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AUTHOR UPDATE SEPTEMBER 2018
New short story of mine has been published by Piscataqua Press in “Wayfaring,” a literary anthology.
“A Forgotten Way” is a story about Della, a mom who has suffered a devastating loss. Her grief and guilt are so great she is neglecting her nine-year-old daughter Julia.
The history of my childhood home inspired this fictional story of tragedy, love, and courage. Questions and mysteries surrounding my home always plagued me until Della came to me with her story.
Written words followed.
Review from Ellie: “I can’t get Della out of my mind. So many vivid images in”A Forgotten Way” help me to feel her anguish. I’m excited with this story. Thank you for the book!”
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“Before the sun rises, I’m onto the horse and cow stalls that stand, rotting in place, on the west side of the barn. I disturb a crusty, abandoned nest. Too big for a barn swallow or rats and I wonder what animals lodge here. Swallows and owls call this home. But rubbish congests the space, too. Tractor engine parts. A sleigh. Moth-eaten settees. An incomplete patio set.
They’re hard to move, as though time and forgetfulness have glued them down. I’m not stronger than time and forgetfulness, but I am more stubborn, and I heave these things out of my way with everything I’ve ever lost. The loss that fills me wins out over anything I’ve ever gained.” ~ Excerpt from my short story, “A Forgotten Way,” published in Wayfaring, 2018
“So, it was true, Vivian thought as tears filled her eyes. How was being without her father a good life? She had no chance without him, her strong father who taught her how to spot a saltmarsh sparrow and to love Shakespeare. He had more to give her, teach her, and she’d never know any of it. She looked away from her mother and glared at Foss. None of this would be happening if her father were here. Foss never would have held them up with a gun if her father were here.” ~ Excerpt from the award-winning short story, “Shattered,” published in Compass Points: Stories from Seacoast Authors, 2015.
“We sat in a bed of Yarrow. She asked me where I learned so much. I didn’t tell her the truth. I didn’t tell her I learned things because of an empty belly and scarred flesh. I didn’t tell her I came from a rickety shack in Kentucky. I told her lies. I told her my dreams and made them sound real. I gave her visions she could believe all because I know the scientific name for Harebell.
‘You were raised among flora and underneath rainclouds,’ she murmured dreamily, her head on my shoulder, my broken arm holding her close.
‘Something like that,’ I said.” ~ Excerpt from the short story “Treasures,” published in The Greensilk Journal, spring 2011.
SAMPLES & CLIPS
Foster’s Daily Democrat – daily newspaper based in Dover, NH
Concord Monitor – daily newspaper based in Concord, NH
Runs with Wolves Sanctuary
Wolf Warriors: The National Wolfwatcher Coalition Anthology — “An Essay on Wolf Rescue”