About Me

Hi. My name is Phyllis and I want to welcome you to my website.

Originally from Wisconsin, my husband and I moved to Florida forty-seven years ago as newlyweds.  When I retired as a school social worker, I decided do some writing. After taking on-line courses, I felt encouraged to take my writing further.

Because of my social work background, I tend to focus on issues that dominate our daily lives. I have written about the impact that substance abuse has on individuals and families; young widowhood; and broken families. I have also written about a marriage that lasted for many years, a marriage that was repaired because of a strong sense of family, and a story about immigrants who came to America in the early 1900s to escape religious persecution.

In 2016 I became aware of the New Social Worker Magazine, an online publication. The magazine publishes various articles in March to celebrate National Social Work month. I wrote an article titled, “A Social Work Career Later In Life,” geared to nontraditional social work students. The publisher of the magazine was kind enough to allow me to do a series of five additional articles. (socialworker.com)   I am a regular contributor to Extra Innings, an  online newsletter published by the University of Wisconsin–Madison. (https://continuingstudies.wisc.edu/writing/extra-innings/)

My love for reading started when I was seven years old and has continued through the years. I remember my mother telling me that reading would take me to new places and it always has. I express this in my writing now. My husband and I do some traveling and have discovered New England. Through my writing, I am able to put myself into places that I have come to love.

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I am a member of The Women’s Fiction Writers Association

A New Year

In a few hours 2018 will come to an end. It has been a mixture of emotions for me, as for many. My husband and I traveled to Connecticut and Boston. And a trip that will always be special in my heart was to Chicago in September to visit my uncle. The time spent with him and Paula was special but turned out to be bittersweet, as my uncle passed away in October. I will always treasure the special times of the visit. His death leaves an emptiness in my life.

My oldest granddaughter graduated from high school in June and in November she completed the EMS program, ready to go on to paramedic classes–following in her dad’s footsteps. I am finishing 2018 feeling good about my writing.

I have finished writing the first half of my novel–the sequel to “When Shadows Linger.” The promotions have gone very well. With the support of a wonderful manager at the local Hallmark store, as a vendor I have had some book signings and sold several copies of the novel. It’s definitely a feeling of accomplishment and success!! And I have improved my social media skills–another accomplishment. Disappointments? Of course I’ve had some–who hasn’t? But I just keep on pushing myself and focusing on the accomplishments.

So, here’s to another year–I hope it is a Happy and Healthy one for everyone. And may we all accomplish whatever we set out to do.

 

 

 

 

It’s Coming Along


I’ve been plugging away on my sequel to “When Shadows Linger.” I write, edit, decide to change a character’s name, decide to change the story line, etc. In other words, it’s coming along.

As I continue to write the sequel, work on short stories, muddle my way through social media, and do book events, I realize how much I’ve grown with my writing.

Here’s a sneak preview of the book cover for my new novel, “The Primrose Garden.” The cover is also a work in progress.  Check in for updates on the progress.

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It’s Not Any Old Desk

It’s almost done!! A new top has been placed; knobs are on the drawers; and it has been cleaned up. All that’s left is touch ups. So, you ask, what’s the big deal? Why’s it so special? I’ll tell you why–it belonged to my father.

Dad was proud of the office he had at home. After he couldn’t go to his store any more because of health reasons, he continued doing what he had always done–take care of the “books,” as he called them. He did the payroll (it was he and my brother), paid the bills, and kept track of everything. And he did it at that desk.

The desk was almost destroyed during a move and my nephew rescued it, and gave it to me. My husband has since gotten it in shape and I’ve set it up to use for my writing.

I think Dad would be pleased that I have his desk. I know that I’ll feel his presence next to me– and that he’ll be encouraging me to keep writing.

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It Was Successful!!

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As you can see, I enjoyed the book event. Everything had been set up by the time I arrived at the store. I had printed a flyer with some of my background information and with information about some articles and stories that I have had published. I walked around the store and introduced myself to customers, telling them about my book and handing them a flyer. In the end, I sold five novels and gave away a copy of my novelette with it. For a first event, I think it went very well. And I have to add–the staff at Hallmark was wonderful. I really appreciate their help and support.

I became a vendor by talking to the manager in my local store. He initiated the process and the company approved me. It is a nice way to promote yourself in your area–people like local authors. Good luck!!

The Big Day

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Today is my first book event and I’m excited and even a little nervous. After all, will people actually “talk” to me? Will they buy my novel?

I became an approved Hallmark vendor several months ago and a couple of books have been sold. So the manager was wonderful to allow me to do an event in my local store. As with all of the marketing, it is a challenge that I hope will be successful. I will also be giving away some copies of my historical novelette so that I can “get it out there.”

Keep your fingers crossed–I”ll post this evening and tell you the results and how I became a vendor with Hallmark. And oh yes–I’ll even tell you everything that happens today.

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What I’ve Been Up To

autumnSo, here I am. It’s been too long since I’ve posted but I’m ready to get back on track. To bring you up to date, here we go.

I’ve been working on the sequel to “When Shadows Linger” and it’s coming along nicely. This is my first attempt at suspense and it’s a challenge, but I think it will work out well.

As you know, “My Name is Rebecca: A Novelette”  started out as a tribute to my mother’s family and evolved into a tribute to all of those who have come to America for a better life. The book has gotten positive reviews and it is a story that I am extremely proud of. It has been donated to Jewish museums in Milwaukee and Miami Beach; it has also been donated to a museum in Racine, Wisconsin and to the Racine Public Library; and to the Lower East Side Tenement Museum in New York. So, I’ve decided to try my hand at writing a longer historical fiction book that will span several generations of immigrants who came from various cultures in the early 1900s.

If you haven’t read Rebecca and would like a free kindle edition, give me your email information and I will be happy to gift you a copy. Remember, you don’t have to have a kindle, just the app.

Take care.

Phyllis