What is your book about?
REACHING (click on the title for detailsTSRA) is a true story that illustrates how dangerous it can be to misread unresolved traumas. Set in Hawaii and Oregon, REACHING details my hostile childhood and how I stumbled into adulthood with chronic anxiety. Postpartum, I became convinced I was demon possessed and fell under the damaging influence of “Brock,” an expert on demonology and the Illuminati. After seven years of brainwashing, I was able to gain enough momentum to strike out on my own and eventually discover the true cause of my difficulties.
What inspired you to write your story?
In the beginning it was for my own clarity and self-awareness. Although I had a lot of childhood memories, I needed to clear the pervasive fog and look my history square in the face. As I went along, I realized my project would be good for my kids to read at some point. Eventually it dawned on me that I was creating something more universal and that if I structured it well enough, it could be a best seller. Well maybe not but you never know.
What’s the best piece of fan mail you’ve received?
One person told me recently that reading my book has made her a better mother. I love that.
Do you have any pet peeves?
Yes. Rude drivers.
Do you laugh at your own jokes?
Yes. I entertain myself on a regular basis.
What do you collect?
I’m kind of a forager and hoarder. I collect books for indoors; plants and rusty “junque” for my garden. Don’t laugh.
If you could borrow Harry’s invisibility cloak, where would you go and what would you do?
I think I’d stand on a busy street corner and toss glitter into the air just to see how people react.
What is one thing you’d like people to know about you?
That although my book deals with a very serious topic, these days I’m only serious when I absolutely have to be.