Remember this? My manuscript?
This is the story I didn't want to write. It's the one that wouldn't let me go. This book took me years to complete. There were hundreds of starts and stops and no ways and can't I just write fiction? Please? No. Not possible. Not until. Keep going. One. More. Story. You have to finish. Finish.
Fifteen stories. A collection of linked stories, a memoir about loss and love. You guys, I'm so thrilled to announce that my book is getting published! It's entitled:
A Memoir of Marriage and the Military
Here is a brief synopsis:
The Dependent is a true story written by a military wife married to a paratrooper who served in the Canadian Armed Forces for fourteen years before his army career came to a crashing halt—a freak accident near Armed Forces Base Trenton left him paraplegic and their future in shards.
Danielle, a fiercely independent university student, meets Steve, an ambitious infantry private. Much of the first years of their marriage are spent apart, as Steve’s infantry unit is sent overseas for duty in Croatia, Bosnia, and Afghanistan. With each tour of duty, the emotional distance between them intensifies. After four tours, Steve finally comes home to stay, but little changes: their marriage remains a difficult ménage-à-trois made up of a man, a woman, and the military.
In this deeply candid depiction of their marriage before and after a life-altering trauma, each chapter unveils an intimate portrait of marriage—one in which Danielle and Steve must navigate shifting roles and learn to co-exist in a space where the collateral damage of military service is absolute.
The Dependent is a brave and modern love story revealing immeasurable loss and grief and the journey to lasting hope and forgiveness.
This book will be released Fall of 2016, published by Latitude 46; a press who believes in the importance of publishing women's stories. So much so, they are only publishing female authors this year. And, on this very auspicious and important day, International Women's Day, I couldn't be happier to share this news with you. This is the perfect house for my book. I cannot wait to share the cover and so much more!
I know I've been away from my blog for a while, especially since moving to this new website. The truth is, after being in such a vulnerable place for so long, I had to retreat. Regroup. I had to take a long break from peeling back my insides. But now, I am back and I am ready to talk about this book and about writing this memoir. I am so ready. Maybe you have wanted to write a memoir too. Or maybe, you also reach for other people's stories to feel less alone. I hope you'll take this journey with me. I've missed being here so much. I hope you've missed it too.