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I just read an article at Health.com that named writing as one of the top 10 professions in which people are most likely to suffer from depression. Of course that wasn’t a surprise. Writer friends and I have had many conversations about our tribe’s tendency toward suffering mental illness, and offing ourselves with rather disturbing frequency. Virginia Woolf, Ernest Hemingway, Anne Sexton and of course Sylvia Plath are some of the best known examples.
Though the article didn’t teach me anything new – the “what” was old news – it did make me wonder about the “why.” I decided to do a little research. I found an article on the subject of depression by novelist Simon Brett. One of the things he said was, “Many writers are introverted, quiet people, and find it stressful to have their work assessed publicly. Now there are reviews on Amazon, for example, so that happens even more.” Continue reading “Writing and Depression by Pam Bainbridge-Cowan”
Patricia Florio has worn many hats. This New York City native has been a federal court reporter, newspaper freelancer, and now a travel writer and published author. But she attributes her desire to write from growing up in a large, Italian family which sat around the dinner table sharing stories. “I believe I’m a natural storyteller,” Patricia says. “I write in a conversational way that anyone can read without going to the dictionary every paragraph.”
Her childhood isn’t the only thing that inspires her, though. “Music moves me. Different kinds of music from Tony Bennett to Dave Matthews; words of songs push me to the computer to start writing where I left off the day before.” Music is always a good thing to keep someone company. She says that her biggest challenge being a writer is all the hours spent in isolation. Staying in touch via social networking is one way she deals with it, and like most of us, she has to be careful to limit her time spent socializing. Continue reading “Meet the Author: Patricia Florio”
Jacqueline Hopkins-Walton’s book, Wilderness Heart is featured today on Indiereader.com on their USA Today’s Happily Ever After blog as a recommended read.
Lyn Taylor loves her job as an Idaho wilderness hunting guide, but her world is complicated. It is a man’s job in a man’s world where she must constantly prove she is very capable and qualified to guide men on their hunts. On top of her father barely engaging in life since the death of Lyn’s mother, Lyn has second thoughts about marrying and having a man in her life.
But that was before she met Nic Randall, a lumber man, who comes from Montana to find timber to be bid on and milled. He is convinced she can’t handle the job as their guide because she is a woman and she is, of course, insulted. Nevertheless, neither has much choice and are forced to spend day and night together for the seven day hunt. Lyn is not happy — just how much is a confident, independent woman suppose to put up with?
Wilderness Heart is available from Amazon and Smashwords. You can learn more about Jacqueline from her blog.