"Live your life from your heart. Share from your heart. And your story will touch and heal people's souls." Melody Beattie
Our About the Author series, highlighting the women who have contributed to Slants of Light: Stories and Poems From the Women's Writing Circle, continues with Candice Swick.
My stories are about a woman quickly approaching middle age and realizing that life isn’t exactly what she hoped it would be. Her sense of self has dissolved and she’s forgotten how to take care of the most important person . . . herself. Her lack of self-esteem, partially born from her dysfunctional marriage, has created a debilitating anchor.
With a shaky voice, yet with conviction, I’ve reached my goal. Working together, my stories depict a woman who found the strength to recreate herself out of necessity, while hopefully breaking down some misconceptions of divorce. There are more reasons to justify a woman leaving an unhappy marriage than a man’s infidelity, or physical abuse.
Candice L. Swick is a graduate of West Chester University where she earned her BA in American Literature. She lives in Downingtown, PA and has enjoyed writing poetry since she was a teenager. In 1999, Candice had a poem published in The Poetry Guild’s anthology, A Shimmer on the Horizon. For the last year, she has been a member of the Women’s Writing Circle. Candice is currently pursuing an interest in writing short stories and possibly a memoir.