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

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

Renowned Poet Endorses “Horseshoes and Hand Grenades”

two covers of poetry collection books by Susan Roney-O'Brien

I wrote Horseshoes and Hand Grenades (being published in September by TouchPoint Press) in the hopes it will help victims of incest and other forms of sexual harassment and abuse give credence to their experiences, and take steps to heal. So an endorsement like this one from early reader and poet Susan Roney-O'Brien means the … Continue reading Renowned Poet Endorses “Horseshoes and Hand Grenades”

“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”

Childhood Emotional Pain is the Source of Some Chronic Adult Physical Pain

Connection between emotional and physical pain depicted by woman in chronic pain lying on black floor #metoo

Driving home in the car two days ago, surfing the radio stations per usual, I caught an NPR story about the connection between emotional and physical pain in adults suffering from chronic "medically unexplained pain” like Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and fibromyalgia. The notion that emotional and physical distress and pain are all connected will … Continue reading Childhood Emotional Pain is the Source of Some Chronic Adult Physical Pain