Books  

I want to read books that bother me, that threaten to wreck my life.

 

I was seventeen years old, lying on the couch reading the final chapter of The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, tears streaming down my face, when Mom came in to tell me dinner was on the table. “What's wrong, honey?” she said. I stammered something about Aslan and the mice chewing through the ropes that bound him and how it was all so sad. Mom patted my knee, then mustered all she had.  “I've never really understood books where the animals talk.”

 

I don't (yet) write books where animals talk. But I hope to write books that bother you, books that drive you to the couch unable to eat, sleep, or be of any small use until you make it to the final page to find out what happened not only in the story, but in you. 

 

I’ve written these two books. You can download Saved here without charge. Into The Blue is available in bookstores. My third book Bitterroot will be published soon. Subscribe and I’ll send you a notice when it’s available. 

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Saved

A Story of Seduction, Survival, and Escape 

Saved is the story, both heartbreaking and hilarious, of how Susan, an energetic, funny, intelligent young woman, got swept into the abyss of fundamentalist Christianity.

This deeply personal memoir explores the universal needs to belong and to believe, exposing the allure of religion's promises, particularly to the young.  Often funny, sometimes horrifying, this tale recounts the powerful effects of religious exploitation and the immense—often insurmountable—struggle necessary to leave the fold of the faithful and go it alone. 

Into The Blue

Into the Blue

A Father’s Flight and a Daughter’s Return 

Into the Blue is the drama of our imperfect family digging out of a terrible mess. The trouble begins when Dad, whose passion is rebuilding and flying antique airplanes, suffers a devastating stroke that leaves him unable to read, write, speak, tell time, understand the alphabet—or fly. 

Battling the rock-bottom expectations of the experts, and with no medical training whatsoever, my sister and I (aka The Blister Sisters) take matters into our own hands. We quickly discover we are not the Waltons. With almost everything against us, we cobble together our own rehab program to get Dad back behind the controls of his beloved open-cockpit biplane and into the air, finding ourselves changed in the process.

Inspiring, gritty, and often hilarious, it's also the story of anyone who has ever fought back from a dire prognosis to pursue a cherished dream.

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“…we need books that affect us like a disaster…like a suicide.  A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us.”

Franz Kafka