This is where you will find the books and projects I have been involved in over the years. The most current book(s) of course would be the Annemarie Series and you can find a link to that website to gain much information about this project. Annemariebooks.com
Adult books I was working on before I moved into the Annemarie series. I intend to return to these soon! One is fiction based on some facts titled: In Clare’s Home – My search for St. Clare in the Southwest. The second is in some ways a tribute to my many students over the years. Title: The Story of My Life – with apologies to Neil Diamond. It is definitely nonfiction with the opening chapter on when and how I discovered that students really were the story of my life.
From Eulogy to Joy is an anthology of true stories of all types that relate to a death and how each person moved from grieving forward to joy. When I first moved to Santa Fe I saw an advertisement in a writer’s magazine soliciting this type of story. I almost missed the deadline, but the women doing this book allowed me to send my stories in a bit past it. I also went way over the word limit. (A bad habit of mine!). Needless to say when I received their acceptance of my pieces (though they did edit them down slightly in word count) I was ecstatic. It took forever to finally get a copy of the book. (Of course now I’m much wiser about the whole process of putting books out!) I intended to sit down and read it from cover to cover. Well, that simply couldn’t be done. I read a few selections, cried a bit, read a few more, cried more and on and on. I’m sure one could purchase a used copy of this book because it was published many years ago. I still love it and especially certain entries.
Further back in time I worked with Dr. Gary Applegate on his book, Happiness: It’s your choice. I met Gary when I worked for Dr. William Glasser. Gary was one of those charismatic speakers and workshop leaders. Everywhere he went people asked if he had a book, which at that time he didn’t. I took a years’ leave from my position at SIUE to join Gary in California and help market his book. He had been using a ghost writer I discovered upon arriving in Sherman Oaks where Gary had his counseling office. She quit shortly after my arrival because she found it difficult to weave his theories into her writing. Gary was ready to shelve the book, but I really didn’t want him to do that. I explained that I dabbled in writing, and I certainly understood his ideas since I worked with him over the years. Thus the book became a reality. Gary would tell me about a case study or a topic and I would write the scenario for it. This book too probably can be purchased used. It came out in the eighties.
I’d like to make a point here on decisions writers face today and before. Do we get the agent and the big publisher? Or, do we self publish? Back in those days self publishing was labeled as a vanity press. I cringed when Gary told me he planned to go that route. Why? Because it would take a “big publisher” at least two years to get it out on the market, and Gary had a major speaking engagement in a few months. He would be the keynoter at a conference as well as workshop leader. It was an opportunity to sell MANY books. During this entire process I learned that people like Eric Erickson and other renowned individuals actually self published their books. I’m certain that many of the thousands who bought Gary’s book had no idea that “Beringer Publishing” was really Gary. Today, self publishing is not a dirty word, but it still has barriers for some outlets.
The second book, The Key to Survival, is written by two of my former students. I include it in this section because they dedicated the book to me. I remember when the brother of one who attended SIUE at the time, came up to me in the Student Center. He handed me a copy of the book and made certain I read the dedication page right then. Kleenex please! He had no way of knowing that I had just had one miserable day related to promotions and other type issues. It seems that this happens to me often, especially since I’m no longer teaching. I will be having a downer day and then I will hear from a former student. Or, if you check out the Annemarie site, I have posted pictures of former students who came to my readings and always with messages how I affected their lives. I don’t handle these types of things too well. I have always been an emotional person, so at times like that it makes me feel that maybe I have made a difference in people’s lives. My perspective however has always been that my students made a difference in my life.
I have been a guest blogger at times on Elaine Pinkerton Coleman’s adoption blog. Her books and my connection with her you will find in another part of the website. I will also be interviewing her in the near future. https://elainepinkerton.wordpress.com/
I have three completed screenplays: The Gnome; The Funeral; Grace I have written these over many years with Grace being the most recent and it was completed some four years ago. I’ve never tried to get these sold and as for Grace, I never will. It has a strange back story when I had hired a teacher who I thought would help me. That didn’t work out, but as I continued to write this script I realized it had become therapy for me. Someone read it and wanted me to “put it out there” but I couldn’t and won’t. Too personal. Too hurtful for someone in my life. No, it was great therapy but it will remain that.