First off, I want to apologize for not having posted here in a very long while.
Truth is, I’ve been busy — this writing thing is starting to take off now, and I’m really excited about the direction in which it’s headed. Over the summer, I submitted two stories for inclusion in anthologies and am honored to say that both of them were accepted for publication!
The first one — Letters for My Little Sister — is a marvelous book about menopause. It’s filled with stories from women of all ages and walks of life from all over the world. I’m one of those gals who never learned from my mother about these things because, quite frankly, she passed away when she was only 35. My grandmother never shared anything, either, because I wasn’t experiencing (or even thinking about) symptoms when she was still here with us. So when I opened this book and started reading, it felt as if I had settled in among a circle of kindreds — I poured myself a cup of favorite tea, pulled up the blanket, and started reading. Couldn’t put it down. Several times I felt myself chuckling in acknowledgement at some of the experiences – of course, my husband wondered what I could possibly be laughing at, but he DARED not ask, for fear of what might happen (I’m pre-menopausal, you know?).
The second book — Women Awakening: Discovering Our Personal Truths — is an anthology of I Am Subject Stories that focus on women sharing how the influences of family history, body and mind, internal/external roles, and life-altering moments have helped shape their lives… and their stories. The stories are raw, honest, risky. I would like to meet several of these women in person some day. Diane DeBella, the book’s editor and the creator of the I Am Subject project, has become a friend via the wonders of technology (she lives in Colorado and I’m in North Carolina), and I hope to get together with her very soon to explore some opportunities to expand on this project.
I encourage you to consider these books and their creators. Here are links to their webpages and book information:
Cecelia Gunther — Letters for My Little Sister Book Order Page
Diane DeBella — The I Am Subject Project Page
For Women Awakening Book Orders