Poem: Portrait

A dear friend who understands the incest and sexual harassment themes of Horseshoes and Hand Grenades is allowing me to publish her original poem here on my blog. <3 Portrait My brother lifts the blanket off my feet. His fingers climb my inner thighs. I am eight. He tells me to be quiet. I flatten … Continue reading Poem: Portrait

How Women Speak Up

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One reason I wrote Horseshoes and Hand Grenades was to open a window into why many women (and men) who are victims of workplace sexual harassment, incest, rape and other forms of sexual abuse, often don't speak up. Frankly, I was pissed off reading much of the Harvey Weinstein coverage, because it seemed the more … Continue reading How Women Speak Up

Defining Success for A Novel

How do you define success for a novel? I expect the answer differs for readers and authors, but maybe not as much as you would think. Whichever hat I'm wearing, I want the novel to entertain and to provoke thought. I have additional goals for Horseshoes and Hand Grenades, as I say in this recent … Continue reading Defining Success for A Novel

The USWNT, Arrogance and Our National Double Standard

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I love the U.S. Women’s national soccer team.  My infatuation is rooted in my youth. I grew up with soccer, in a small Maine town where the school population and budget were too small to support a football team. My three brothers played, and the teams regularly won regional and state titles. And I reveled … Continue reading The USWNT, Arrogance and Our National Double Standard

“Courage to Heal” Author Endorses “Horseshoes and Hand Grenades”

Celebrating Laura Davis endorsement of Horseshoes and Hand Grenades

I am so pumped that author Laura Davis is endorsing my forthcoming #metoo novel, Horseshoes and Hand Grenades. Laura, as you may know, is co-author of The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse. A groundbreaking self-help book when it was first published in 1988, it remains in print today, … Continue reading “Courage to Heal” Author Endorses “Horseshoes and Hand Grenades”