Saturday, December 3, 2016

A Special Book for a Special Holiday

The elusive whippoorwill swoops down the mountains.
Through night into dawn it's song mourns summer's loss--
as I cry mine.   
    AND THE WHIPPOORWILL SANG, a 304 page memoir, opens with eloping teenagers, Micki and Butch, in a bizarre double wedding ceremony with Micki’s mother.  The couple share comical escapades, spanning decades. A terrible accident occurs in a placid valley nestled in the Susquehanna Mountains. Micki narrates happier days while confronting an uncertain future. One of her six children is fighting for life in the hospital. The family embarks upon its unbearable journey to the other side of sorrow . . . 
    And so  in the throes of grief, a writing career was born.
    I published a short story of this memoir, resulting in  25 years of writing essays, commentary, and slice of life for two major newspapers, and staff writer for the Staten Island Register. I've published humor, horror and paranormal fiction in e-zines, print magazines, and contests and a half dozen award winning anthologies. I recently published a children's story., The cat Who Wanted a Dog. "Don't Pluck the Duck," a collection of comedic essays, short fiction and non-fiction stories,will be released in early 2017.
    Each day the lives of children are lost through alcohol and drug related deaths. Each of them was special to those who loved them--each deserves remembrance. This book was written for each of them.