Writings

 Selected Works 

Candlewood

Forthcoming novel

~ I lay next to Al, the man who would have married me, except for the rules.

St. Croix Valley, 1977

In a world where women’s opportunities are limited, devout Meg Joyce takes a job visiting homebound parishioners for St. Mike’s. Far from landing in a holy haven, the young and naive Meg finds herself fending off the priest from prayer group who tricks her into viewing a painting that hangs over his bed as he rants about the woman who gave it to him. When Meg expresses alarm to the parish nurse, she is told not to make a mountain out of a molehill.


But it’s salt of the earth Fr. Al Vogel who turns her world upside down when he’s assigned to the parish – the rugged stranger who helped her coax an elderly woman’s cat down from a tree, before learning he was a priest. Meg knows the rules and is loath to add another sin to her family’s litany of taboos, but when Fr. Al is injured in a car accident, the rules don’t make sense. Can she survive in his world of secrets and shadows? At what cost?


Against the backdrop of a Catholic Church reeling from Vatican II’s changes to long-held traditions, as well as impacts from women’s liberation, Meg grapples with the underbelly of an institution she once trusted, a crisis of faith in God, and a reckoning with her dreams.

Poetry

               Alma’s Sky

               Creative Wisconsin Anthology, Honorable Mention, Jade Ring Contest, Wisconsin Writers Association, 2019

 

               Burnt Prairie

               Midwest Review, 2nd Place, Poetry Contest, University of Wisconsin-Madison Writers’ Institute, 2015

              

Essays

               Vote Like an Inchworm, Medium.com, 2020

Children's Plays

               Performed at Milwaukee Irish Fest, Summerfest lakefront grounds

               The Magic Fiddle

               The Fairy Ring

               Meg’s Gold

               Shanahan and the King

               The Knight of Terrible Valley

Book Reviews

               Our Bodies Stay Home, Our Imaginations Run Free: A Covid-19 Story for Children

               by Lora Hyler

               Reviewed for Wisconsin Writers Association online blog, 2020

 

 

 

To everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven.

~Ecclesiastes 3:1