My first published book is Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir which provides information about this lesser known disease, and offers hope and inspiration to women and their families. Though I am a registered nurse I did not recognize my bloating stomach as a symptom. Since 70% of women diagnosed will die within five years, my mission is to do everything I can to increase awareness about ovarian cancer. Proceeds from the book go to ovarian cancer research.
I faced the challenge of this diagnosis with the same tools I used when I dealt with abuse, alcoholic parents, divorce, and untimely deaths. My philosophy is that “the beauty of the real me, and the real you, outshines the effects of cancer, chemotherapy, and radiation.” We can outshine any challenge.
What inspires you to write?
Realizing the difficulty in recognizing the “whispering” symptoms of ovarian cancer, and the lack of books about this subject 5 years, inspired me to publish Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir.
I have always loved to write poetry and short stories. I have a biographical novel that is with an editor now. Through the magic of the pen (and now the computer) I can face issues, learn about people and events, and create stories that hopefully bring joy to others.
Inspiration often comes when I least expect it. I am inspired by people, nature, and life-changing challenges.
Tell us about your writing process.
When I have an idea, I just write down any thoughts or words. When a story begins to formulate I might do an outline, or just as often I “go into my own world” and write.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I become very in tune to my characters, male or female. I often dream or daydream about them.
When I am writing, I become the characters.
What advice would you give other writers?
Follow your dream and write! Do not let others discourage you, but seek out advice and support from those in the literary field.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I explored traditional publishing and sent out MANY queries. Then one day I began exploring on the Internet about self-publishing. I searched what might be available in the Twin Cities, which led me to Beaver’s Pond Press. This company wears both hats: traditional and self publishing. It was a perfect match for me.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I believe self-publishing is the avenue most writers, especially new ones, will take more and more. The large publishing houses may need to re-evaluate and look to a company like Beaver’s Pond Press as a model for the future. I hope that the quality of the printed word does not get lost.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?
Non-fiction, Historical Biography, Biographical Novel
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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