Gold Book Award

Hurting Like Hell, Living with Gusto: My Battle with Chronic Pain won gold in the Florida Authors and Publishers President’s Book Award contest! I knew I’d won an award but didn’t know it was gold until the banquet (which I missed because I was traveling for other book events). My …

WSRE Interview

One of the best learning experiences so far came in the form of a nearly 30-minute interview on our PBS affiliate, WSRE. It was a lesson in controlling nerves, staying calm, and going with the flow. For starters, I wasn’t fully aware of the concept of a greenroom until I …

Book Tour: Atlanta

One of the most fun parts of being an author is traveling to cities where old friends live. I recently spent nine days in metro Atlanta, and while there were some challenging times (I’ll NEVER be ok with the traffic!), there were some great times, too. Some major stuff went …

Book Publicity

Being an author is my favorite job ever. It’s humbling, adventurous, sometimes maddening, and always fascinating. I put together some info on the book publicity I’ve gotten so far, and it’s mind-blowingly surreal. My word today, and every day, is “grateful.” Featured on Out Magazine’s website  The Out piece was …

First Book Review

I got word of my first thorough book review today, and I’m so grateful. It’s truly surreal, humbling, and gratifying to read these words at the end of the review: “This is so much more than just a beautiful read. It is a memoir to be cherished and referred to when …

An Unexpected Guest

As week one of a two-week writer’s retreat slipped into history this afternoon, I lay on the bed half naked and reflected on what I’d learned and experienced in seven days. The radiator in my cabin put off wonderfully soothing heat while constant rain pummeled the roof. I’m not a …