Army Wife

My mother was the last of her generation, the only one who remembered events actually happening, rather than just hearing about them.  In this blog, I plan to share with you not only the creative process behind my book,  but also some of the many anecdotes from her full and amazing life.

I’ve selected this first one because it reveals so much about my mother, her insecurities, my father, and their relationship.  The attack on Pearl Harbor occurred during my […]

November 3rd, 2014|Family Stories|

Fears About Writing

In addition to concerns about my siblings’ reactions to my work, I have the fears that every writer has:  is my book worthy of publication?  I have no doubt that the story is an important one.  It’s worth telling of my mother’s transformation from a woman with tremendous insecurities – one who viewed herself primarily as a platform from which her husband and children could fly – to a confident high school teacher capable of dramatically changing the lives […]

January 19th, 2014|Creative Process|

Was it just a line?

While the end to my parents’ marriage was fraught with difficulties, their friendship as teenagers was filled with romance, even if my mother didn’t recognize it as such at the time.  In the following passage from her journal, she describes walking together after rehearsing a high school play.

We ended up spending a lot of time together after school at rehearsals as a result.  At the end of the first day, I was standing outside the building waiting for my […]

January 5th, 2014|Family Stories|