I am co-author of the non-fiction book, FOREVER HELLOS, HARD GOOD-BYES: INSPIRATION, WIT, & WISDOM FROM COURAGEOUS KIDS FACING LIFE-THREATENING ILLNESS; a groundbreaking book that presents the insights, advice, stories, and humor—in their own words—of 34 kids from across the nation who face life-threatening illness. The book is endorsed by the Make-A-Wish Foundation; the National Institutes of Health; Robert B. Brooks, Clinical Psychologist, Harvard University; The Society of Pediatric Nurses; and Child Life professors and instructors.
I hold a M.F.A. degree in creative writing from Arizona State University (where I taught writing), a B.A. degree in English from the University of Minnesota, and am the founder and president of Shadow Writer, Inc. (www.shadowwriter.com). I have been writing ever since I could hold a crayon, initially on walls, couches, and patient animals. I knew I found my calling when I heard those encouraging words from Miss Rich, my second-grade teacher, who said, “This is good.” I’ve never looked back.
When facing a life-challenging or even terminal illness, it’s all about being normal. That’s what kids and teens want for themselves and from the people around them. With wit, wisdom, and courage, young people ages 7–21 tell in their own words what it’s like to be ill while trying to live each minute of their daily lives. Their true stories offer hope and insight to anyone touched by serious i... read more
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