I am an award-winning author in both memoir and spiritually based self-help. My memoir, Glowing Houses, took second place in the nonfiction/memoir category in the 2015 Pacific Northwest Writers Association literary contest. My manuscript is complete (~86,000 words) and I have a full proposal that includes the following: table of contents; chapter-by-chapter outline; synopsis; competitive titles; marketing plan; full bio; and three sample chapters.
As a past columnist for New Spirit Journal, I offered readers self-healing strategies based on the principles of yoga, meditation, and energy medicine. These articles served as inspiration for my book, The Eight Aspects of God, A Pathway to Bliss (HenOli Press, 2012), a finalist in the 2013 National Indie Excellence Awards. Integrating the teachings from this book with the theme of my memoir—resilience—I am writing a series of monthly articles for the online magazine, Contemplative Journal. These articles focus on building resilience through the practice of meditation and contemplation.
Memoir synopsis: Glowing Houses is about a hillbilly girl from West Virginia who gets pregnant, then married, at fourteen, and finds herself thrust into an unfamiliar world with the Outsiders—people who use big words, read books and live in houses that glow like a candle, from the inside out. The hunt for her own glowing house, and the comforts she believes it will bring, takes her from holler life into cultures where, despite having a chronic case of ignorance, she learns the meaning of words like unorthodox and gullible, how to order food from a menu, and that she and the Outsiders aren’t so different after all.