I’m going to take a break from the novel I’ve been working on.

After a vacation with family that involved meeting 2 new biological aunts, I’ve decided to work on a memoir of the stories surrounding myself and my siblings.

I am thinking I will begin with my brother Michael’s death. Not a cheery story but much of what happened to us is not. There are some good things though.

One good thing, is that we all, with the exception of Michael, seem to have survived, gotten stronger, and made decent lives for ourselves.

No doubt the visit has renewed old memories. I had always thought of writing about this but just never did. Now is the time, I think.

It is the story only I can write with the help of my siblings and other biological relatives. I will do my best to be worthy of the telling.

Names may be changed or altered as needed but my name will not.

I am looking forward to this new endeavor. I will from time to time continue rewrites on my novel.

For now though, my heart is with my family and the need I feel to tell our story.


The picture is a reminder to all survivors of difficult childhoods.

Hello. I am the author of the Historical Fiction novel called Mamie Garrison. It is a tale of slavery, abolition, romance and history, set in the years just prior to the Civil War. It is available on Kindle for .99 and also in paperback. Mamie Garrison has a dual storyline. The present day story involves Bella and Andrew finding Mamie's journals. Their story includes romance and paranormal aspects. Mamie's story follows her adventures as an abolitionist through her journals. There are some mysteries as well as an unusual background in Mamie's life. I have completed book two in my series. Colin Garrison, Book 2 of The Garrisons is available at Amazon.com/dp/B0759MYN81. Please see my Colin Garrison page under the menu option for a small sample of this new book. The third and final book in the series, Emily Garrison is now available. Please see above for link. I am 62 with one adult child and one grandchild. I have always enjoyed the written word and have been a voracious reader from my early youth. I am inspired by many authors in the historical fiction genre. I am also a lover of Russian literature, particularly Tolstoy and Dostoevsky. I find great inspiration for creating characters by looking at the ones these two authors have created. There is such a depth to them. I have written for most of my life in one form or another. I have dabbled in poetry and songwriting, and have more started novels than finished ones. In my free time, I like reading, history and travel. I am interested in genealogy and working on my family tree. I live in St Louis.

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