Tuesday, February 10, 2015

A Special Valentine's Day Week

I'd like to thank Kathy Pooler for interviewing me this Valentine's Week about my upcoming novel A Portrait of Love and Honor.

It is the first interview I have given about the book, scheduled for release this spring.

Kathy is the author of an excellent memoir, Ever Faithful to His Lead: My Journey Away From Emotional Abuse.

My interview with Kathy can be read here:

This week is also special for another reason.

On Valentine's Day I'll be teaching a memoir writing workshop: Writing From the Heart in Tucson, Arizona with two other authors that I admire and respect, Patricia Preciado Martin and Melanie Mizell.

This is the 10th year I've traveled to Tucson in winter months - escaping what many of my friends refer to as the "tundra" that is the Northeast in January and February. The desert landscape inspires me and serves as my "special place" to write and reflect. That's not to say I leave my work behind in Pennsylvania. I continue to edit, write and teach . . . but decompression is a priority.

While some might find Valentine's Day a burden, I believe that the emphasis shouldn't be on romantic love, but simply on love.

One of the greatest titles in literature is The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers. The title speaks for itself in terms of the human condition.

Connecting with others through a positive and hopeful message is the best any of us can do. That's what I've tried to do this Valentine's Day week with more than a little help from my friends.

Happy Valentine's Day.


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