I'm author of four books, including two novels.
I began writing creatively as soon as I could string words into sentences, when I was about seven years old. My debut pieces were plays for my dolls. I recall moving the dolls about on my bed as I read their parts aloud. Curiously, I haven't written any fully-developed plays as an adult, although I originally drafted what would later appear as stories in my first book, She Lives! (Crossing Press1989), as a three-act play.
My strongest writing interest has long been fiction. I sold a novel in the 1970s--even got an advance--but the publisher went bankrupt on the way to the printer and then other life events intervened. But I now have two other novels under my belt, Three Part Invention, and the triple-award winning Beyond All Desiring.
I majored in journalism in college (Ohio University) because I felt it would give me a way to earn a living writing--and it did. Though I started as a newspaper reporter in Trenton NJ, love took me, well, several places, but ultimately to Washington DC, where "the universe" urged very reluctant me into medical and health writing. And surprise! This turned out to be a rewarding, long-term career path.
Meanwhile, the women's movement egged me into investigating the relationship between religion and women's roles in society. Two published books grew out of that tug: She Lives!The Return of Our Great Mother and Goddess Spirituality for the 21st Century: from Kabbalah to Quantum Physics (1997); a second expanded edition, with a foreword by Rachel Pollack, was published in 2008. It is the Award-Winner in the Religion:Comparative category of the National Best Books 2009 Awards. In writing these books I discovered two abilities I hadn't developed before: song writing and dance choreography. My ebook, Goddess Spirituality at the Crossroads , comprising my columns that appeared in the print journal, The Beltane Papers, is also now available.
Among the journals in which my short fiction and poetry have been published are: HLFQ, So Dark So Deep, Soul Fountain, Mid-America Poetry Review, Pedestal Magazine, Facets Magazine, Metropolitan, OALM, Poetica, Fieralingue; the anthologies in which my poetry or fiction appear include: Prayers to Protest (Pudding House 1998), Hot & Bothered 3 (Arsenal Pulp Press 2001), A Pagan's Muse (Kensington/Citadel 2003), A Winter Solstice Singing Ritual (Emerald Earth 2002), Not What I Expected (Paycock Press 2007).
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