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After many delays, my novel, Sing Soft, Sing Loud, was published in Japan. SSSL has already been published in France. This book has legs. It has been fifteen years since it was first published in the USA by Atheneum. It is still being used as a supplementary text in universities around the country in diverse disciplines such as sociology, women's studies, criminal justice, and literature, partly because it is the only novel in print about women on the street and in prison that is written by a woman who lived it. Take a look, as Oprah would say.
Work in progress: The Quest of Elizabeth Halfpenny is an adventure set in the Four Corners area of Southeastern Utah in the 1930s. The structure of the novel is based on the classical heroic quest myth, revised to have relevance to the lives of 21st century women.
Also in progress: Old Woman Walking. I planned a solitary backpacking trip along Comb Ridge in the red rock desert country of Southeastern Utah to celebrate my 70th birthday in October of 2001. The trip and my preparation for it became a focal point for dealing with spiritual and psychological issues regarding growing old and reviewing and evaluating my life. However, the trip had to be postponed because of a back injury, but I am using the preparation for it as a hub for an autobiography. You can read more about the book at OldWomanWalking.com.
Want to see my house in the mountains and read about all the freeloaders I support?
Sing Soft, Sing
Loud: hard cover edition Atheneum, 1989; Paperback edition: Logoría,
"The Floor": Great & Peculiar
Beauty: A Utah Centennial Reader, anthology, Gibbs Smith,
Publisher, 1995; Passages North Anthology, Milkweed Editions, April
I have published many columns and articles in magazines and newspapers,
too many to list here.
she joined the WAC (Women's Army Corps), but was discharged in less than
a year for general inadaptability. After a series of short-lived jobs
in machine shops and cocktail bars (she had learned to quit before she
was fired), she turned to a life of crime, which seemed to offer high
wages for people like herself, that is, with no particular skills. After
failing at that as well, eventually ending up in a federal prison, she
tried marriage, the worst disaster of all. When you've failed at everything
you ever tried, what's left? To become a writer, of course.