About a year ago my husband and I began the process of self-publishing my novel based on the true story of my teaching in Holyoke as a Kindle. Broken, 180 Days in the Wilderness of an Urban Middle School was burning a hole in my computer and needed an avenue into the light. I’d queried a score of agents, but no takers. I learned from watching The Voice that you can sing a moving song, but if the judges are country western artists and you’re singing jazz, you won’t get picked. My book is not the typical teacher as hero story. Rather it is the spiritual saga of a teacher dropout. It’s about stripping good intentions to the bone and finding out that at root I was professionally co-dependent, looking to my job to fulfill my need for positive identity and self- worth. In the American middle class we are what we do. So who are you if you fail? Ironically, I found myself in the same shoes as my students labeled underachievers. But there is more, so much more than a blog post. It is soul deep. If you’re interested, I invite you to go with me on my vicarious journey through brokenness to freedom. Just click on my published work column above. And as always, thanks for listening. I'd love to hear your comments too.
The more specific a story, the more universal. I love memoir because it's willing to face the truth. No matter the topic, if it's true, it reveals what needs to be known by both author and reader.