Welcome to My Writing World.
I’m glad you found my website. I hope you’ll click on a few tabs and come back again and again. Writing is a solitary life. If you check my Biography, you’ll see that I’ve had more than my share of careers. Those experiences have helped me in my writing. I’ve been able to draw on my understanding of what makes us all tick and how we try to make sense of our lives in the pursuit of love and happiness.
The Rubber Fence
My latest book—THE RUBBER FENCE, is psychological fiction.
Dr. Joanna Bereza, a psychiatric intern, risks her career when she tries to stop an arrogant psychiatrist from shocking her patients in a hospital system as stuck as the people it treats. Obsessed with her work, she’s also blinded to problems in her own marriage. It doesn’t help that another intern, who looks more like a rock star than an aspiring shrink, finds her appealing.
This novel was inspired by my work on a psychiatric ward in the early 1970s. It was a time when shock treatment was in vogue. (Surprisingly it still is.) Family therapy was in its infancy; feminism was finding its footing; hippies were everywhere and the Vietnam War was on everyone’s mind.
A Cry From The Deep
When Catherine, an underwater photographer, buys an antique Claddagh ring, she begins to have dreams about a woman in a white dress from another time. A woman who looks remarkably like her. Why Catherine is being haunted becomes as compelling as the hunt for Spanish gold off the shores of Ireland, where salvagers have little respect for the rule of law.
Complicating matters is the fact that her ex still loves her and the marine archaeologist on the dive team seems strangely familiar, giving her heart an unexpected workout.
The Blue Nightgown
The story takes place in a rooming house.
Anna, the landlady, finds a blue nightgown in a tenant’s trash and decides to keep it. Little does she know the role it’ll play in awakening her own desires and also those who come in contact with it. Like her own teenage daughter.
Though sexuality was repressed in the 1950s, it was a different story behind closed doors.
I Love Hearing From Readers
I enjoy meeting readers at events, such as writers festivals, book readings or at book clubs. I’ve also used Skype for book club meetings online.
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My hope is that ALONG CAME A GARDENER will be an inspirational book. One that will combine what I’ve learned during my career as a family therapist with my love of gardening. I’ll also send you the next chapters free as I write them.
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