Author Interviews/Features

       
1. Albert, Susan Wittig
2. Albert, Susan Wittig
3. Alter, Judy
4. Aronie, Nancy
5. Baldwin, Christina
6. Barry, Jenny
7. Beath, Mary
8. Bender, Sheila
9. Burke, Pattie C. S.
10. Cariou, Heather
11. Charleson, Susannah
12. Collier, Gaydell
13. Collins, Sheila K.
14. Conner, Janet
15. Counihan, Carol
16. Curtis, Nancy
17. Daniell, Rosemary
18. Delany, Vicki
19. Drake, Barbara
20. Durack, Katherine
21. Edgar, Robin
22. Ferguson, Kathryn
23. Flatau, Susie Kelly
24. Gates, Barbara
25. Goodman, Tanya Ward
26. Harman, Patricia
27. Hasselstrom, Linda
28. Hasselstrom, Linda
29. Haupt, Lyanda Lynn
30. Holstein, Barbara Becker
31. Hoye, Linda
32. Hudson, Cindy
33. Isleib, Roberta
34. Johnson, Donna
35. Jones, Andrea M.
36. Kalotay, Daphne
37. Kandel, Jill
38. King, Sorrel
39. Kouris, Diana Allen
40. Lauck, Jennifer
41. Levinson, Leila
42. Linnea, Ann
43. Lovejoy, Sharon
44. Marquart, Jan
45. Marsh, Susan
46. McEwen, Christian
47. Miller, Judy M.
48. Miller, Susan Cummins
49. Millin, Peggy Tabor
50. Moore, Kathleen Dean
51. Moore, Kathleen Dean
52. Morgan, Deborah
53. Morrison, Susan Signe
54. Murdock, Maureen
55. Myers, Linda Joy
56. Norton, Lisa Dale
57. O'Connor, Meriwether
58. O'Keeffe, Kristin
59. Patterson, Jamie
60. Pierce, PJ
61. Rabkin, Sarah
62. Ralston, Jeannie
63. Rancour, Patrice
64. Remmert, Donna
65. Remmert, Donna Van Straten
66. Renfro, Yelizaveta P.
67. Russell, Sharman Apt
68. Russell, Sharman Apt
69. Scarborough, Carolyn
70. Schlyer, Krista
71. Seale, Jan
72. Seeley, Tracy
73. Sherman, Suzanne
74. Short, Kayann
75. Silverman, Sue
76. Stark-Nemon, Barbara
77. Stewart, Kelsey
78. Straub, Gail
79. Stuever, Mary
80. Tomlinson, Susan Leigh
81. Trenshaw, Cynthia
82. Troccolo, Susan
83. Tweit, Susan J.
84. Tweit, Susan J.
85. Vileisis, Ann
86. Watkins, Andra
87. Webber, Pam
88. Weston, Julie Whitesel
89. Weston, Julie Whitesel
90. Wisniewski, Linda
91. Wood, Monica
92. Yost, Paula Stallings
93. Yost, Paula Stallings

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Susan Wittig Albert     Susan Wittig Albert: Susan Wittig Albert is the author of the novel, A Wilder Rose, the true, untold story of the writing of the Little House books. —read more...

In her new memoir, Together, Alone, prolific and talented mystery writer Susan Wittig Albert invites readers in to her life and the place she calls home, and shares her struggle to create and maintain a "room of her own" within her marriage to fellow writer Bill Albert. In this interview with memoirist Susan J. Tweit, Albert, who is also the founder of Story Circle Network, talks about Together, Alone and the decisions she made in telling her story. —read more...


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Judy Alter     Judy Alter: Judy Alter lives in Fort Worth, TX, in a 1922 red brick bungalow with a garden of wildflowers and a Bordoodle named Sophie. She has been involved in all kinds of writing over a long span of years, and is the author of more books than she can count (almost). But like all authors, Judy had to start somewhere, look for opportunities to use her writing skills, and turn those opportunities into a writing career. —read more...

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Nancy Aronie     Nancy Aronie: Nancy Slonim Aronie is best known for her book Writing From the Heart and her commentaries on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered." Nancy is the owner and facilitator of the Chilmark Writing Workshop on Martha's Vineyard where she offers weekly workshops each summer. She served as the keynote speaker for Story Circle Network's 2008 Stories from the Heart Conference. An inspiring speaker, commentator, writer, and workshop leader, Aronie shared some thoughts on what drives her... —read more...

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Christina Baldwin     Christina Baldwin: Christina Baldwin has taught journal writing seminars internationally for over 25 years. She has written several classic books about personal writing: One to One (1977/1991), Life's Companion (1991, revised edition 2007), and Storycatcher (2005). In the early '90s, Baldwin began exploring ways to help people use the circle as a way to move from personal to social consciousness, to understand how we must all stand by our stories and make our presence count in the world... This interview was conducted by Susan Wittig Albert and published in the December, 2001, issue of The Story Circle Journal (Vol. 5, No. 4). —read more...

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Jenny Barry     Jenny Barry: Susan Tweit of Story Circle Book Reviews talked with Jenny Barry, award-winning book designer and packager, about the collaboration that produced her new book with artist Maryjo Koch, The Artist, the Cook and the Gardener. Her answers offer a fascinating look at what goes on be-hind the scenes in dreaming up and producing image-rich books. —read more...

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Mary Beath     Mary Beath: Illustrator, author, naturalist, Mary Beath celebrates her "zigzaggy" path from a childhood in Washington, DC to a year in Istanbul, a decade in New York's East Village, and now the home she has found in Albuquerque, New Mexico's rural South Valley. Fascinated with science in childhood, she earned a BA Zoology at Duke University, and a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design. She leads a life in art and words that explores her love of what Aldo Leopold called "the community of the land." This interview was conducted by Susan J. Tweit. —read more...

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Sheila Bender     Sheila Bender: Sheila Bender will lead the Story Circle Network's Lifelines Writing Retreat in March of 2013. She is an award-winning poet, writer, writing coach and teacher. She has published essays, poems and reviews in numerous literary magazines, anthologies and newspapers as well as articles and columns about writing in Writers Digest and The Write. She is the author of many how-to writing books including Writing and Publishing Personal Essays; Writing Demystified: Hard Stuff Made Easy; A Year in the Life: Journaling for Self-Discovery; Writing Personal Poetry: Creating Poems from Your Life Experience; and Perfect Phrases for College Essays. —read more...

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Pattie C. S. Burke     Pattie C. S. Burke: Pattie C. S. Burke's story begins right on the book cover with her sketch of women of all ethnicities freely and gracefully expressing themselves in beautiful, individualized dance. It is titled, "We Have Our Own Dance to Do." An accomplished teacher and artist, Pattie has broken through many barriers in her life's journey and now, in her seventh decade, has published her first book, a memoir titled Women and Pedagogy: Education Through Autobiographical Narrative. Using prose, poetry, and drawings, Pattie explores through her own story the inextricable connections between teaching and learning, the ordinary and extraordinary, the familiar and unfamiliar, leaving home and returning home, absence and presence, life and death, war and peace. Her story intersects with her readers. stories in a myriad of ways. —read more...

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Heather Summerhayes Cariou     Heather Cariou: Heather Summerhayes Cariou was born and raised in Ontario, trained at the National Ballet School of Canada, and was a founding member of the Ontario Youtheatre and the Center for Actor's Study in Toronto. She enjoyed a professional acting career for twenty years across Canada and off-Broadway. She now lives on the Hudson River in New Jersey with a view of New York City and is working on a novel and co-producing the feature film "Make Believe" with her husband, stage and screen actor Len Cariou. She is a member of the Story Circle Network. —read more...

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Susannah Charleson     Susannah Charleson: Susannah Charleson is a professional writer whose heart has gone out to dogs and humans who need rescue. She is a commercial pilot and Search and Rescue handler with her dog, Puzzle. Her first memoir, Scent of the Missing, tells stories from this part of her life. The recent book The Possibility Dogs: What a Handful of "Unadoptables" Taught Me About Service, Hope, & Healing, tells quite a different story of humans and their dog partners. —read more...

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Gaydell Collier     Gaydell Collier: Gaydell Collier lives on a ranch in the Wyoming's Black Hills where the family moved after leaving the Harmony Community in 1977. Inspired by the beauty of the land and wildlife, she writes, walks the hills with her dog Maxie, and looks forward to visits from children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Collier co-authored three books on horses and horsemanship for Doubleday and co-edited three collections of women's writing for Houghton-Mifflin (including Leaning into the Wind). —read more...

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Sheila K. Collins     Sheila K. Collins: Sheila K. Collins is a dancer, social worker, and improvisational performance artist. In Warrior Mother: Fierce Love, Unbearable Loss, and Rituals That Heal (She Writes Press, August 28, 2013), Sheila shares how she survived the loss of two of her grown children. See Sheila's book trailer (on YouTube), friend her on Facebook, and Tweet her @SheilaKCollins. You can also visit her blog for healers, Dancing With Everything, on her website. —read more...

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Janet Conner     Janet Conner: Janet Conner did not set out to be a spiritual writer or teacher. Earning a BS from Marquette University in Speech Pathology, an MA in Education of the Deaf from Northwestern University, her initial career was in special education. In 1982, she created the first video journalist recruitment program at CNN. After she and her husband moved to Florida, she ran a division of an international search firm. —read more...

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Carole Counihan     Carole Counihan: In A Tortilla is Like Life, her book about the cultural importance of food in the southern Colorado Hispanic community of Antonito, Carole Counihan gives us an intriguing glimpse into the foodways and lifeways of a region and a culture, focusing on women's stories of the traditional diet, food work, and cooking they have done. In this email conversation (conducted on March 13, 2010), Carole answers Susan Albert's questions about her work as an anthropologist, a food historian, and a collector of women's stories. She also tells us how these stories have changed her, and the storytellers themselves. —read more...

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Nancy Curtis     Nancy Curtis: Nancy Curtis is the publisher and primary editor of High Plains Press, a micro-publishing company specializing in Western Americana, poetry, and memoirs of the American West and headquartered on the family cattle ranch near Glendo, Wyoming. The press has published over 60 books since 1984, winning five Western Heritage Awards for outstanding poetry from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, two Willa Awards from Women Writing the West, the Best Woman Writer award at the High Plains Book Awards, as well as other recognitions. The press was recognized by Western Writers of America with the Lariat Award for special distinction in support of western books and authors. In 2011, Nancy received the Governor's Arts Award from Wyoming Governor Matt Mead. —read more...

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Rosemary Daniell     Rosemary Daniell: Rosemary Daniell is a novelist, memoirist, poet and teacher. More than 20 years ago, she established the Zona Rosa writing groups. In leading these ongoing groups and Zona Rosa workshops held across the United States and in Europe, she has helped many women find and share their writing voices. Daniell's writing credits include The Woman Who Spilled Words All Over Herself. She has also written a collection of poems called A Sexual Tour of the Deep South, the novel Hurricane Season, and two memoirs: Fatal Flowers, which is about growing up female in the South and her mother's life and death, and Sleeping with Soldiers. In this interview (originally published in September, 2005, in The Story Circle Journal, Vol. 9, No. 3), Patricia Pando asked about her life and work. —read more...

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Vicki Delany     Vicki Delany: Vicky Delany is the author of six mysteries, with a seventh coming out in Spring, 2009. The first chapter of Valley of the Lost is available on her web site. She blogs at Type M for Murder. —read more...

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Barbara Drake     Barbara Drake: Barbara Drake is the author of the memoir Peace at Heart: An Oregon Country Life and the popular textbook, Writing Poetry, as well as several volumes of poetry. She is a professor of English at Linfield College in McMinnville, OR. She and her husband William Beckman live at Lilac Hill Farm, in the Yamhill Valley of Oregon. Susan Wittig Albert conducted this interview in August, 2000. It was originally published in The Story Circle Journal. —read more...

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Katherine Durack     Katherine Durack: A near-native New Mexican, Katherine Durack grew up on Las Cruces, and now lives in Cincinnati, Ohio. Living in the urban core of the "Queen City of the West" since 2000, she takes her inspiration from the people, history, and urban settings—the "everyday extraordinary" of her neighbors and her surroundings around town, across the street, and just outside the windows. She is a professor at Miami University of Ohio, and the author of a memoir, Unmentionables: a Woman's Journey, Body to Soul. Visit her website. —read more...

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Robin Edgar     Robin Edgar: Robin A. Edgar is the author of In My Mother's Kitchen: An Introduction to the Healing Power of Reminiscence and Personal Legacies: Surviving the Great Depression. In My Mother's Kitchen combines her own memoirs of her childhood and her mother with hands-on exercises developed in her workshops on the healing power of reminiscence. Edgar presents her workshops and writing retreats throughout the country. This interview, conducted by Patricia Pando, was originally published in The Story Circle Journal, Vol. 9, No. 2, June, 2005. —read more...

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Kathryn Ferguson     Kathryn Ferguson: A writer, filmmaker, and dancer, Kathryn Ferguson lives in Tucson, AZ. She is coauthor of the award-winning book Crossing with the Virgin: Stories from the Migrant Trail. Visit the book website. —read more...

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Susie Flatau     Susie Flatau: Susie Kelly Flatau is a writer and speaker who spent over twenty years teaching English in high school and community college. In 1994, Flatau founded the Casa del Sol Writing Studio, offering workshops and consultation in women's studies, creative writing, legacy work, book reviews, bookbinding and more. The author of four books, she lives in Austin, TX. This interview, originally published in The Story Circle Journal (Vol. 6, No. 1) was conducted by Susan Wittig Albert in March, 2002. —read more...

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Barbara Gates     Barbara Gates: Barbara Gates's book, Already Home: A Topography of Spirit and Place (Shambhala Publications, June 2003) comes out of years of writing, editorial projects, Buddhist practice, and research into the ecology and history of the author's home place in the San Francisco Bay Area. Gates's writing is informed by three decades of Buddhist mindfulness practice. Her published works include Changing Learning, Changing Lives: A High School Women's Curriculum from the Group School (Feminist Press, 1979) and articles in several anthologies of American Buddhist writings. This interview, conducted via email by Jane Ross, was originally published in The Story Circle Journal (Vol. 9, No. 1, March 2005). —read more...

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Tanya Ward Goodman     Tanya Ward Goodman: Tanya Ward Goodman is the 2013 Sarton Award winner for Leaving Tinkertown, her deeply moving memoir chronicling her return home to the roadside museum, "Tinkertown," where she grew up, in order to care for her father as he battled Alzheimer's disease. Goodman's essays have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Cup of Comfort series published by Adams Media, Literary Mama, The Huffington Post, and Brain, Child Magazine. —read more...

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Patricia Harman     Patricia Harman has spent over thirty years caring for women as a midwife, first as a lay-midwife, delivering babies in cabins and on communal farms in West Virginia, and later as a nurse-midwife in teaching hospitals and in a community hospital birthing center. For the past twenty years, Ms. Harman has been a nurse-midwife on the faculty of The Ohio State University, Case Western Reserve University and most recently West Virginia University. In 1998 she went into private practice with her husband, Tom, an OB/Gyn, in Morgantown, West Virginia. Here they devoted their lives to caring for women and bringing babies into the world in a gentle way. This interview was conducted by Susan Wittig Albert. —read more...

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Linda Hasselstrom     Linda Hasselstrom: Linda M. Hasselstrom is a rancher, writer, writing instructor and the full-time resident writer at Windbreak House Writing Retreats, established in 1996 on her ranch. She was a visiting faculty member for Iowa State University, Ames, and served as an online mentor for the University of Minnesota's Split Rock writing program and is now advisor to Texas Tech University Press. —read more...

Linda Hasselstrom writes, ranches, and conducts writing retreats for women on the South Dakota ranch homesteaded by her grandfather. She has edited several important women's anthologies, including Leaning Into the Wind, a collection of writings by western women, and is the author of several memoirs, notably Between Grass and Sky: Where I Live and Work and Going Over East: Reflections of a Rancher Woman. Visit her website. —read more...


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Lyanda Lynn Haupt     Lyanda Lynn Haupt: Lyanda Lynn Haupt created and directed educational programs for Seattle Audubon, worked in raptor rehabilitation in Vermont, and was a seabird researcher for the Fish and Wildlife Service in the remote tropical Pacific. Her first book, Rare Encounters with Ordinary Birds, was a winner of the 2002 Washington State Book Award. Her second book, Pilgrim on the Great Bird Continent: The importance of Everything and Other Lessons from Darwin's Lost Notebooks, got great national reviews. Her writing has appeared in Image, Open Spaces, Wild Earth, Conservation Biology Journal, Birdwatcher's Digest, and The Prairie Naturalist. —read more...

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Barbara Becker Holstein     Barbara Becker Holstein: Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein is a therapist in Ocean, New Jersey. Her first book, The Enchanted Self: A Positive Therapy, was based on her premise that many people are unhappy not just because of past hurts and present disappointments, but because they simply cannot remember being happy. What we need, Holstein suggests, is to return to the enchanted moments in our lives, those times when we are in touch with a self that is whole, happy, and creative—the enchanted self. Holstein has just self-published her second book, Recipes for Enchantment, a collection of stories and vignettes that she has collected from clients and from her newsletter. She is also the author of Delight and The Truth. Susan Wittig Albert interviewed her via email for The Story Circle Journal (Vol. 5, No. 1, February 2001). —read more...

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Linda Hoye     Linda Hoye: Linda Hoye is a writer, a business analyst, writer, adoptee, bibliophile, and somewhat-fanatical grandma. She recently published her memoir, Two Hearts: An Adoptee's Journey Through Grief to Gratitude (2012), and is a contributor to Adoption Voices Magazine. She lives in the state of Washington with her husband and their two Yorkshire terriers and is down the months until she retires from corporate life and moves to Canada to be closer to her grandchildren.You can connect with Linda on her award-winning blog, A Slice of Life Writing. —read more...

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Cindy Hudson     Cindy Hudson: Cindy Hudson grew up in Brusly, Louisiana, where she nourished her early love of reading while wandering the cubbyhole rooms of her local library, a converted Victorian mansion. Wandering the aisles of bookstores and libraries are still two of her favorite things, and if she can do that with her husband and daughters she's even happier. Book by Book: The Complete Guide to Creating Mother-Daughter Book Clubs (Seal Press 2009) is Cindy's first book. Her website (and its companion blog) features reading lists, book reviews, author interviews, book giveaways and other book club resources. Hudson lives with her husband and two daughters in Portland, Oregon, where she writes weekly for The Oregonian. —read more...

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Roberta Isleib     Roberta Isleib: New Jersey born clinical psychologist and golfer Roberta Isleib says that she began writing golf mysteries to justify the time she spent on the links. Her first series, featuring a neurotic professional golfer and a sports psychologist, was nominated for both Agatha and Anthony awards. Her new series, starring a Connecticut psychologist and advice columnist, debuted in 2007 with Deadly Advice. Roberta is the president of Sisters in Crime and the past president of the New England chapter. She lives with her family in Connecticut. —read more...

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Donna Johnson     Donna Johnson: Donna M. Johnson has written about religion for The Dallas Morning News and other publications. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband, the poet and author Kirk Wilson. —read more...

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Andrea M. Jones     Andrea M. Jones: Andrea M. Jones was born and raised in Colorado, where she lives with her husband and their two horses. Her essays have appeared in Orion, the Christian Science Monitor, High Country News, and Wildbranch: An Anthology of Nature, Environmental, and Place-Based Writing, among others. She is a professional indexer and the owner of Jones Literary Services. Visit her website. —read more...

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Daphne Kalotay     Daphne Kalotay: A New Jersey native, award-winning author Daphne Kalotay grew up in a multi-cultural family—a Canadian mother and a Hungarian father, a fact which no doubt influenced her writing. She attended Vassar and went on to earn a Ph.D. in Modern and Contemporary Literature at Boston University. While at BU, she won the school's Florence Engel Randall Fiction Prize and a Transatlantic Review Award from The Henfield Foundation. Her first book was a collection of fictional pieces, Calamity and Other Stories. —read more...

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Jill Kandel     Jill Kandel, winner of the 2014-15 Sarton Memoir Award for her book, So Many Africas: Six Years in a Zambian Village, believes in the power of words and the power of women telling their stories. This is a happy time for this mother and grandmother, who has lived and worked on four continents. But it wasn't always so for the writer. Kandel grew up in North Dakota, and after earning a college degree, married a man from the Netherlands whose heart was set on teaching agriculture techniques to African farmers. Her book is about the first six years of her marriage, which she spent in a primitive and remote African village. —read more...

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Sorrel King     Sorrel King: Sorrel King is a patient-safety advocate and cofounder of the Josie King Foundation, a non-profit organization aimed at increasing patient safety and eliminating medical errors. She wrote Josie's Story after the death of her 18-month old daughter—a death caused by poor communication between medical personnel at Johns Hopkins Hospital and the failure of doctors and nurses to respond to Sorrel's concerns. The Kings live with their children in Baltimore, Maryland. —read more...

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Diana Allen Kouris     Diana Allen Kouris: Wyoming writer Diana Allen Kouris' new book, Riding the Edge of an Era: Growing Up Cowboy on the Outlaw Trail, starts out as an affectionate portrait of family and place:
"We were the youngest of the six Allen kids and we were best pals. Often given free rein to ride our cow horses on trails disappearing into sunrises and cedars, Nonie, Bobby, and I found the reflection of our heritage in enchanted places where shadows of history live."
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Jennifer Lauck     Jennifer Lauck: Jennifer Lauck is an award-winning journalist and the author of the memoirs Blackbird, a New York Times bestseller, and Still Waters. Lauck has been featured in Newsweek, Harper's Bazaar, Talk Magazine, People, Glamour, and Writer's Digest. Before becoming a memoir writer, speaker, and teacher, Lauck worked for eight years in television news for ABC affiliates from Montana to Oregon. Her investigative reports have appeared on CNN and the ABC Nightly News. Visit her website. —read more...

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Leila Levinson     Leila Levinson: Leila Levinson is the first place winner of the 2011 Sarton Memoir Award for her book Gated Grief: The Daughter of a GI Concentration Camp Liberator Discovers a Legacy of Trauma (Cable Publishing, 2011). This literary award was established by Story Circle in 2011 and is named for May Sarton, distinguished American memoirist, poet, and novelist. Levinson's memoir describes the trauma experienced by World War II veterans who worked to liberate concentration camp survivors. It also reveals the author's personal struggle to better understand her father. Most importantly, her work reveals how unspoken memories and unshared stories can imprison and haunt us. It speaks to the power of story to honor and heal the wounds of the past. —read more...

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Ann Linnea     Ann Linnea: Ann Linnea has been a naturalist and teacher of outdoor skills for three decades. As a high school student, she led grade school children on canoe trips in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. In her twenties she took high school biology students and Youth Conservation Corps students into the mountains of Utah, for environmental education. In her thirties she developed Sense of Wonder Workshops which led teachers and families outdoors in a spirit of curiosity, exploration and discovery. In her forties and fifties, she has continued to lead people into the wilderness on foot, in canoe, by kayak, and via dogsled. This interview was conducted via email by Susan Wittig Albert and originally published in The Story Circle Journal (Vol. 5, No. 2, June, 2001). —read more...

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Sharon Lovejoy     Sharon Lovejoy: Sharon Lovejoy is the award-winning, bestselling author of nonfiction books about nature and gardening for children and adults. Running Out of Night is her debut novel. It draws on her ancestral roots in Virginia, and her lifelong interest in nature, herbs, ethnobotany and early American arts and crafts. Her other books include the children's gardening classics Sunflower Houses and Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots, which have introduced hundreds of thousands of children to nature. She lives on California's Central Coast and on a little green island in Maine. —read more...

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Jan Marquart     Jan Marquart: Jan Marquart is a psychotherapist and author who has written in every imaginable genre from fiction to memoir to poetry to self-help. She won the Writer's Digest Self-Published award in 2000 for The Breath of Dawn and the Achievement in Poetry Award by the International Library of Poetry in 2005 and has published poetry, stories, and essays in Victim Poetry, ladyinkmagazine.com, Solecisms, and Random Access Poetics. Her many books are available on Amazon and through her website. She is founder and CEO of About the Author Network, an organization dedicated to helping authors write, publish and sell their books. Jan has taught on-line writing classes for the Story Circle Network and will be leading a Story Circle Network Writing from Life workshop November 2, 2013 in Austin, TX. Lisa Shirah-Hiers interviewed her via email for the Story Circle Journal. —read more...

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Susan Marsh     Susan Marsh: Susan Marsh, winner of the 2014-15 Sarton Award for her contemporary novel, War Creek, has felt all her life that the beautiful and wild world we inhabit is of great importance, both for its own sake and for the psychic wellbeing it brings to our souls. Perhaps it is because she grew up near wild beaches, woods and mountains. —read more...

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Christian McEwen     Christian McEwen: Christian McEwen is a freelance writer, teacher and workshop leader. She has edited four anthologies, including Jo's Girls: Tomboy Tales of High Adventure, and The Alphabet of Trees: A Guide to Nature Writing. She has written for the Nation and The Village Voice, her poems and essays have been widely published, and she made the documentary film, "Tom Boys!" She has been a fellow at the Yaddo and MacDowell colonies. Born in London, McEwen grew up in the Borders of Scotland and currently lives in Northampton, Massachusetts. —read more...

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Judy M. Miller     Judy M. Miller: Judy Miller is a mother and a writer—two attributes that qualified her to participate in a national program called "Listen to your Mother," in which moms read their stories to an audience.

Judy, who is Story Circle Network's vice president, jumped at the opportunity to do just that after hearing about the program from a friend, who was producing and directing one of the regional shows. —read more...


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Susan Cummins Miller     Susan Cummins Miller: Susan Cummins Miller is the editor of an outstanding collection of thirty-four women writers who lived from the early days of the American frontier until midway through the twentieth century. Reviewing the anthology, Susan Wittig Albert writes: "A Sweet, Separate Intimacy makes a vitally important contribution to our understanding and appreciation of the lives and work of women writers who would otherwise continue in the obscurity into which many of them have fallen." —read more...

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Peggy Tabor Millin     Peggy Tabor Millin: Peggy Tabor Millin is the author of Women, Writing and Soul-Making: Creativity and the Sacred Feminine. Based in Asheville, North Carolina, she is a writer, writing guide, retreat leader, and owner and founder of Clarityworks, whose mission is "to offer programs in the written word that guide women in developing their voices so they can stand in their power and inspire positive change in their world." —read more...

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Kathleen Dean Moore     Kathleen Dean Moore: Kathleen Dean Moore lives in a college town at the confluence of two Oregon rivers, and in summer, in a little cabin on the shore of a southeast Alaskan inlet. An essayist, activist, and professor, she brings together natural history, philosophical ideas, and creative expression in a search for lasting, loving ways to live on Earth. Her three previous collections of personal essays all address, as she puts it, "living in the lively places where water meets land," Riverwalking: Reflections on Moving Water, Holdfast, and Pine Island Paradox. —read more...

Kathleen Dean Moore is the author of three books of nature essays. Riverwalking: Reflections on Moving Water (1995) won a Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Book Award. Holdfast: At Home in the Natural World (1999) took the 2000 Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award and The Pine Island Paradox (2004) won the 2005 Oregon Book Award. She also wrote the introduction to What Wildness is This: Women Write About the Southwest, a publication of the Story Circle Network. —read more...


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Deborah Morgan     Deborah Morgan: Deborah Morgan, the author of Writing Out Loud, is a very special person. She has devoted her life to working with people—mostly women—who live with a secret handicap: they are illiterate. Deborah has a handicap too: she lives with multiple sclerosis. But like the women whose lives she has helped to shape, she has is a survivor who has learned to celebrate life in joy and in service. A Canadian who lives in Camrose, Alberta, Deborah says that writing about life is not just something to do—it's a way to live, and a way to change lives. This interview, conducted by Susan Wittig Albert, originally appeared in The Story Circle Journal (Vol. 6, No. 2, June, 2002). —read more...

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Susan Signe Morrison     Susan Signe Morrison: Susan Signe Morrison studied at Swarthmore and Brown University. A professor of English literature at Texas State University—San Marcos, she is also the author of scholarly books and journal articles. Learn more about Susan Signe Morrison on her website and about both author and editor on the book website. —read more...

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Maureen Murdock     Maureen Murdock: Maureen Murdock is a psychotherapist, creative writing teacher, and a much published author. Her work includes the influential book, The Heroine's Journey: Women's Quest for Wholeness and Unreliable Truth: On Memoir and Memory. Other publications by Maureen Murdock include: Father's Daughters: Transforming the Father-Daughter Relationship and Spinning Inward: Using Guided Imagery with Children for Learning, Creativity and Relaxation. Murdock lives in Oakland, CA. She was interviewed by Jane Ross, via email, for The Story Circle Journal (Vol. 8, No. 4, December 2004). —read more...

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Linda Joy Myers     Linda Joy Myers: Linda Joy Myers has many strings to her bow. With a Ph.D. in psychology and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing, she is a therapist, a published author, and a teacher of life-writing. She has written her own memoir, titled Don't Call Me Mother, and has published Becoming Whole: Writing Your Healing Story, a book aimed at helping other life writers to approach the often emotional process of memoir writing and to allow the writing to heal their emotional wounds. She was interviewed by Jane Ross for The Story Circle Journal (Vol. 7, No. 2, June, 2003). —read more...

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Lisa Dale Norton     Lisa Dale Norton: Lisa Dale Norton is the author of Shimmering Images and Hawk Flies Above. She is the founder of the Santa Fe Writing Institute and teaches writing at the UCLA Extension Writers' Program. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Visit her website for more information. You can hear her excellent reading of Chapter 3 of Shimmering Images on her website. —read more...

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Kristin Bair O'Keeffe     Kristin Bair O'Keeffe: Kristin Bair O'Keeffe grew up in Bethel Park, Pennsylvania. She has a B.A. in English and journalism from Indiana University and an M.F.A. in creative writing from Columbia College Chicago. Her articles and essays have been published in Poets & Writers Magazine, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Baltimore Review, San Diego Family Magazine, The Gettysburg Review, and elsewhere. Her column—The Fiction Writing Workshop—appears monthly in the popular ezine Writers on the Rise. —read more...

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Meriwether O'Connor     Meriwether O'Connor: Meriwether O'Connor is a goat-farmer in rural Maine who grew up in Kentucky, and has migrated around the country following her heart and her need to live where she can raise her own food and harvest wild edibles from poke to rattlesnake. Before moving to Maine, she lived most recently in New Mexico, where (among other things) she ran a poetry project. —read more...

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Jamie Patterson     Jamie Patterson: Jamie Patterson has been awarded second place in the Sarton Women's Memoir competition for her book Lost Edens: A True Story (Beaver's Pond Press, 2011). A memoir of a failed marriage and abandoned dreams, Lost Edens helps readers understand that while some relationships are too broken to fix, we can change our stories and thereby transform our lives. Patterson, an academic editor, lives in Minneapolis MN. Lost Edens is her first book. The Sarton Memoir Award was established by Story Circle in 2011 and is named for May Sarton, distinguished American memoirist, poet, and novelist. For details of the 2012 competition, go here. —read more...

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PJ Pierce     PJ Pierce: Story Circle Network member PJ Pierce is a freelance writer based in Austin TX. Her book, Let Me Tell You What I've Learned: Texas Wisewomen Speak, was published in 2002 by the University of Texas Press. For the book, PJ interviewed 25 well-known Texas women and the result is a distillation of the wisdom of these inspiring women. PJ began her career in journalism at age 10, when she and her friend Candace O'Keefe edited a neighborhood newspaper for three successful years. PJ earned a B.A. in German and journalism and an M.A. in German. This interview was conducted by Jane Ross for The Story Circle Journal (Vol. 7, No. 1, March, 2003). —read more...

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Sarah Juniper Rabkin     Sarah Juniper Rabkin: Sarah Juniper Rabkin is an award-winning teacher of writing and environmental studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She grew up in Berkeley in the 1960s and 1970s and studied biology at Harvard and science communication at UC Santa Cruz. She has worked as a high school teacher, workshop leader, Q&A columnist, oral history interviewer, and freelance editor. —read more...

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Jeannie Ralston     Jeannie Ralston: For more than 23 years, Jeannie Ralston has been writing for magazines, both on-staff and as a freelancer. She has been a contributing editor for Parenting magazine for the past 8 years. She now lives with her husband and their two sons in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. —read more...

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Patrice Rancour     Patrice Rancour: Patrice Rancour, MS, RN, PMHCNS-BC has spent more than 35 years in the healthcare field. She has practiced at the bedside, taught in the classroom, and run a private practice as a consultant. A undergraduate and postgraduate of Ohio State University, Rancour is also a Certified Advanced Care Planning Facilitator and a Second Degree Reiki Therapist. —read more...

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Donna Remmert     Donna Van Straten Remmert: Lisa Shirah-Hiers conducted this interview with Donna Remmert, author of Head Over Heels. —read more...

Donna Van Straten Remmert is the author of two earlier memoirs: The Littlest Big Kid and Jitterbug Girl. She is a long-time member of the Story Circle Network and past president of the Austin chapter. Her professional background includes teaching high school English and working as a journalist. For more than twenty years, she has pursued an informal study of Jungian psychology, especially as it relates to dreams. She and her husband live in Boulder, CO. This essay about her work was originally published in The Story Circle Journal (Vol. 4, No. 4, December, 2000). —read more...


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Yelizaveta Renfro     Yelizaveta P. Renfro: Yelizaveta P. Renfro is the 2014 Sarton Award winner for Xylotheque, a collection of nine very personal and revealing essays that combine memoir and nature writing. She is also the author of a collection of short stories, A Catalogue of Everything in the World, winner of the St. Lawrence Book Award. She holds an MFA from George Mason University and a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska. Born in the former Soviet Union, she has lived in California, Virginia, Nebraska, and Connecticut. —read more...

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Sharman Apt Russell     Sharman Apt Russell: Sharman Apt Russell lives in the Gila River Valley of southwestern New Mexico and teaches writing at Western New Mexico University and Antioch University in Los Angeles. Her many books include Standing in the Light: My Life as a Pantheist and Anatomy of a Rose: The Secret Life of Flowers. Her work has been widely anthologized and translated into nine languages. Her work includes a Rockefeller Fellowship and a Pushcart Prize. Visit her website. —read more...

Sharman Apt Russell is the author of several books, including Hunger and Songs of the Fluteplayer, which won the Mountains and Plains Booksellers Award. She has written for publications including Discover and Nature Conservancy, and currently contributes to OnEarth, the magazine for the National Resource Defense Council. Russell teaches creative writing at Western New Mexico University and at Antioch University in Los Angeles, California. She lives in Silver City, New Mexico. —read more...


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Carolyn Scarborough     Carolyn Scarborough: Carolyn Scarborough is the author of Backyard Pearls: Cultivating Wisdom and Joy in Everyday Life. She is also an Inner Wisdom Writing Coach, helping people get in touch with the message they're here to share with the world, then supporting them to write it in books, blogs or articles. She lives in Austin, Texas with her husband, two teenage daughters and their big-haired labradoodle. —read more...

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Krista Schlyer     Krista Schlyer: Krista Schlyer is an award-winning conservation photographer and writer. She is a senior fellow at the League of International Conservation Photographers, and her work has been published by the BBC, the Nature Conservancy, High Country News, the National Geographic Society, and the National Audubon Society. She resides in the Washington, DC, metro area. Visit her website. —read more...

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Jan Epton Seale     Jan Epton Seale: Jan Seale writes poems, short fiction, and essays. Her work is published nationally in such venues as The Yale Review, Texas Monthly, and Newsday. Her short stories, seven of which were chosen for the PEN Syndicated Fiction Project, are collected in Airlift (TCU Press). She also has six books of poetry, a book of essays, and a writing textbook. She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Creative Writing. Seale teaches memoir and creative writing workshops both in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, where she lives, and nationally for writing groups and learning centers. This interview, conducted via email by Susan Wittig Albert, originally appeared in The Story Circle Journal (Vol. 6, No. 4, December, 2002). —read more...

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Tracy Seeley     Tracy Seeley: Tracy Seeley is the author of My Ruby Slippers: The Road Back to Kansas, published in 2011. She teaches literature and creative nonfiction at the University of San Francisco. There, she has held the NEH Chair in the Humanities and won both the Distinguished Teaching Award and the College Service Award. She currently co-directs the Center for Teaching Excellence. —read more...

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Suzanne Sherman     Suzanne Sherman: Californian Suzanne Sherman grew up in Los Angeles and now lives on a hilltop in the northern part of her native state. She began writing as a child, going on to gain a college degree in creative writing and create a career in the publishing industry. For about 20 years she has also been a teacher and storycatcher. —read more...

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Kayann Short     Kayann Short: Kayann Short, Ph.D., is a writer, farmer, teacher and activist at Stonebridge Farm, an organic, community supported farm in the Rocky Mountain foothills. A former professor at the University of Colorado, she directs memoir and digital storytelling projects and fosters ecobiography as a bridge between her farming and writing lives. —read more...

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Sue William Silverman     Sue William Silverman: Sue William Silverman's memoir, Love Sick: One Woman's Journey through Sexual Addiction (W. W. Norton), was made into a Lifetime Television movie. Her first memoir, Because I Remember Terror, Father, I Remember You, won the AWP award in creative nonfiction. Sue has also published a poetry collection, Hieroglyphics in Neon. Fearless Confessions: A Writers Guide to Memoir, was published in 2009 by the University of Georgia Press. Sue is associate editor of Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction, and teaches in the MFA program at Vermont College of Fine Arts. She has appeared on such national TV shows as The View, Anderson Cooper-360, and CNN Headline News. —read more...

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Barbara Stark-Nemon     Barbara Stark-Nemon: May Sarton, the poet and novelist who is the inspiration behind Story Circle Network's annual Sarton Award, was also an inspiration for author Barbara Stark-Nemon's book, Even in Darkness, the winner of the 2015 Sarton Award for historical fiction. The book tells the real life story of Holocaust survivor Klare Kohler... —read more...

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Kelsey Stewart     Kelsey Stewart: Kelsey Stewart is a first-time author/illustrator who has a unique perspective into adoption. She has been through two adoptions as a birthmother and hopes that this book will help children and adults everywhere understand why a mother might choose to place her child for adoption. Kelsey has lived a full, productive and happy life since her journey as a mother began and considers herself incredibly blessed. —read more...

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Gail Straub     Gail Straub: Gail Straub is co-director with her husband, David Gershon, of the Empowerment Institute, the co-author of Empowerment: The Art of Creating Your Life As You Want It, and the author of The Rhythm of Compassion: Caring for Self, Connecting with Society as well as Circle of Compassion, a book of meditations. —read more...

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Mary Stuever     Mary Stuever: Mary Stuever is the state timber management officer with New Mexico's EMNRD Forestry Division. She has published essays in such works as A Mile in Her Boots and served as one of the editors for Field Guide to the Sandia Mountains. —read more...

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Susan Leigh Tomlinson     Susan Tomlinson: Susan Leigh Tomlinson has a Ph.D. in geology, an undergraduate degree in fine art, and is the director of the Natural History and Humanities program in the Honors College at Texas Tech University. She is also one of the editors of To Everything on Earth: New Writing on Fate, Community, and Nature (Texas Tech University Press, 2009). —read more...

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Cynthia Trenshaw     Cynthia Trenshaw: Cynthia Trenshaw earned national certification as hospital chaplain and as massage therapist. She holds WA state certifications as professional guardian, guardian ad litem, and nursing assistant-registered. She holds a master's degree in theology (MTh) from Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley. Three of the chapters from Meeting in the Margins have been published in an anthology and a literary journal, and her essays and poetry have been published in a variety of magazines and journals over the past ten years. She blogs regularly on her website. —read more...

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Susan Troccolo     Susan Troccolo: Susan Troccolo loves telling stories, especially humor and gardening essays for her blog: Life. Change. Compost. She writes for Culinate, Open to Hope, and Lighthearted Travel, and her essays have appeared in Voicecatcher and Northwest Women's Journal. —read more...

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Susan J. Tweit     Susan J. Tweit: A trained field ecologist, Susan J. Tweit became interested in writing what she calls "the stories behind the data," the interrelationships that form what Aldo Leopold called the "community of the land." Her work has appeared in magazines and newspapers from Audubon and Popular Mechanics to High Country News and the Los Angeles Times. She is a sought-after keynote, workshop presenter, writing coach, editor, nature writer and photographer, radio commentator, and contributor to "The Perch," the blog of Audubon magazine, "Native Plants & Wildlife Gardens," a national blog-magazine, and Story Circle Network's "Telling HerStories" blog. —read more...

In her review of Walking Nature Home: A Life's Journey, Susan Albert wrote that Susan J. Tweit's book is "one of those rare memoirs that is much more than a life's story...It is a memoir that not only tells us about a lifetime's worth of experiences, but shows us how experience is shaped by knowledge, how knowledge is experienced through nature, and how nature can guide a human being to a fuller, healthier understanding of her place in the world." —read more...


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Ann Vileisis     Ann Vileisis: Ann Vileisis became interested in history and environmental issues as an undergraduate at Yale University where she earned her B.A. She also has a masters degree in history from Utah State University. Her first book, Discovering the Unknown Landscape: A History of American Wetlands (Island Press, 1997), won the George Perkins Marsh Prize for the best environmental history book of 1977 and the Herbert Feis Award from the American Historical Association for the best book written by an independent or public historian. —read more...

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Andra Watkins     Andra Watkins: Andra Watkins lives in Charleston, South Carolina, and has an accounting degree from Francis Marion University. Her first novel, To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis, was published in March of 2014. She is still mad at her mother for refusing to let her major in musical theater. Her mom's excuse is that she was convinced Andra would end up starring in porn films. —read more...

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Pam Webber     Pam Webber: Pam Webber is a nurse practitioner who lives in Virginia with her family. She has contributed to a nursing textbook and written several articles. —read more...

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Julie Whitesel Weston     Julie Weston grew up in Idaho and practiced law for many years in Seattle, Washington. Her prose has been published in IDAHO Magazine, The Threepenny Review, River Styx, and Rocky Mountain Game & Fish, among other places. Her book The Good Times Are All Gone Now: Life, Death and Rebirth in an Idaho Mining Town (Univ. of Oklahoma Press, 2009) received an honorable mention in the 2009 Idaho Book Awards. Both an essay and a short story were nominated for Pushcart Awards. She and her husband, Gerry Morrison, now live in Central Idaho where they ski, write, photograph, and enjoy the outdoors. Visit her website. —read more...

Julie Whitesel Weston: Here's a conversation with Julie Whitesel Weston, author of the new memoir, The Good Times Are All Gone Now, an unflinching but affectionate portrait of, Kellogg, Idaho, the former mining town where she grew up. The book open with these powerful lines:

I bought a lottery ticket. The prize? Pushing the plunger to dynamite the smokestacks rising above Kellogg, Idaho, on Memorial Day weekend in 1996.
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Linda Wisniewski     Linda Wisniewski: Several years ago, Story Circle Book Reviews Assistant Editor Linda Wisniewski of Doylestown, Pennsylvania, wrote an essay called "My Body, My Self" about her battle with scoliosis. That essay was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. When noted author Maureen Murdock read the piece, she advised Linda, "You should expand this into a book." In April 2008, Pearlsong Press will debut Linda's memoir, Off Kilter: A Woman's Journey to Peace with Scoliosis, Her Mother, and Her Polish Heritage. —read more...

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Monica Wood     Monica Wood: Monica Wood is the author of When We Were the Kennedys: A Memoir from Mexico, Maine, a New England bestseller, #1 bestseller in Maine, Oprah magazine summer-reading pick, and winner of the 2012 May Sarton Memoir Award. Her novel, Any Bitter Thing, was an ABA bestseller and Book Sense Top Ten pick. Her other fiction includes Ernie's Ark, Secret Language, and My Only Story, a finalist for the Kate Chopin Award. —read more...

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Paula Stallings Yost     Paula Stallings Yost: Susan Albert conducted this interview with Paula Yost, editor of My Words Are Gonna Linger. Trena Cleland, Andrea Gross, and Debra Moore also helped supply answers to Susan's questions; their names introduce their replies. —read more...

Paula Stallings Yost is a memoirist and publisher with a background in journalism and public relations. After several years of juggling her freelance writing with a corporate public relations/employee motivation career in Dallas, she rebelled against the urban life and migrated to the piney woods of East Texas. Free to focus on her writing, Yost became lifestyles editor and feature reporter for a daily newspaper. —read more...


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