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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, Masque & Spectacle, 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!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Hoping It Might Be So

The title of this blog post is the title of the novel I'm working on. I've come up with a title for it! I'm working on chapter three (and still tweaking chapters one and two), so it's going along well. My main character, Matthew Holman, has become near and dear to my heart. Right now I'm in Part One: Missionary. The characters I'm writing are Matthew, John Pratt, Veronica McFadden, Mr. Grayson, and through flashbacks and back story, Matthew's family, especially his Grandpa Holman, his older brother Craig, and his girlfriend back in Provo, Ashley.

My husband lived in Salt Lake City for many years and has been a valuable helper and reader. This is relevant and important because he got to know a lot about Mormons while living in Utah, and Matthew starts out as a Mormon missionary. What will happen beyond that? I may not tell, or I may just give bits and pieces. But I will be writing about the progress I'm making on this novel.

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