One of the major themes in my novel, Zoey and the Screaming Monkeys, centers on the power of finding your own voice. Sometimes the obstacles in front of us feel way too overwhelming to tackle. On top of that there is the failure — in public! around people you know! — that can keep us from… Read more »
In just over a year from now, Zoey and the Screaming Monkeys will be an actual book. Actual readers will be able to read it. This is serious.
The cultural divide that exists in Zoey and the Screaming Monkeys is not one that’s easy to cross, but it is possible. Recently, I had a great conversation with Chris Lenois at WKVT Radio’s Green Mountain Mornings about the work that’s needed for civil discourse and my visit to Rutland High School to find common ground… Read more »
The women I know who are survivors of domestic abuse are seriously fearless and inspiring people. When I began the process of writing Zoey and the Screaming Monkeys it was so important to me to get that aspect of the story right. That meant that even though I was familiar with the dynamics of emotional abuse… Read more »
I have long been a believer in the power of first person accounts. My Masters-in-Teaching thesis began by focusing on all the problems of history textbooks and then morphed into a 200-page alternative U.S. History textbook that relied entirely on first person accounts. Not only do first person accounts put regular people smack dab in… Read more »
The cultural divide that exists in Zoey and the Screaming Monkeys is very much based on reality. As divided as we might be as a society, we always have a choice: do we turn away from the other half or do we work to bridge the divide? I write a monthly column in the paper, and… Read more »