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Hello! I'm a writer from central New York who has bipolar disorder. Among other topics, I write about mental illness and writing. I have short stories published in Lynx Eye, Lost Coast Review, The Outrider Review, Sliver of Stone Magazine, The Mondegreen, The Linnet's Wings, Cobalt Review, Breath & Shadow, The Round Up, Postscripts to Darkness, and several other journals. I have essays about mental illness in The Ram Boutique and Amygdala Literary Magazine, and an essay in Parts Unbound: Narratives of Mental Illness & Health, a book that was published by Lime Hawk Literary Arts Collective. In December of 2016, The Mondegreen nominated my story "Santa Lucia" for a Pushcart Prize. I've written a novel entitled Purple Loosestrife and a novel entitled Hoping It Might Be So, both of which I am submitting to agents and publishers. I'm working on a novel called Dark and Bright as well as a book called Violets Are Blue: Essays About My Bipolar Life. I have a B.A. in English from SUNY Buffalo and an M.A. in English from SUNY College at Brockport. I hope you enjoy your visit to my blog!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Family Sherlock, a Genealogy Business

My sister, Jennifer van Edig, is a professional genealogist who runs a genealogy business called Family Sherlock. In addition to her website, she also has a blog called The Casebook of Family Sherlock. Jenny is a talented and expert genealogist. I highly recommend her services to readers of my blog, especially those of you who are writers. Your past can be an excellent place to find stories to tell. Jenny has done extensive genealogical research on our family and has found characters, charlatans, heroes, swindlers, hard workers, and skeletons in closets. It's fascinating! And it definitely gives me food for thought as a writer.

So check out Family Sherlock and consider my sister's services! You never know what you might find out, and again, if you're a writer, you might find material for some wonderful stories to tell.

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