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Well, here I am a single grandmother raising my 4 year old grandson after we lost his mom (my daughter) a few years back. I have 2 other grandbabies and one on the way from my eldest daughter and son-in-law. I’ve also had the pleasure of raising my 7 step children whom I consider to be my own after caring for them for 13 years. My eldest step son has blessed me with yet another grandchild for a grand total of 5 and counting.
In 2008 I was diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis, an auto immune arthritic disease that affects the spine and hips. Due to this I’m unable to work a conventional job since I need to closely monitor my energy levels and be able to rest when needed. If I don’t do these things I will inevitably have a flare up, which is not a good thing. Another health issue that I’ve had to deal with is alcoholism and drug addiction. I’ve been in recovery for 21 years now and while I feel good about my sobriety I never forget where I came from, and that everyday I have is a day I would not have if I were still using.
In addition to writing on Smashwords, I maintain a blog, a store on Etsy.com (GrandmaTerri), a few Facebook pages, and I do freelance writing. With my grandson in tow my life is as busy as it gets. I hope you enjoy my books and find time in your busy schedule to check out some of my other projects. Thanks for reading :-)
on Feb. 06, 2013 :
The description doesn't do this collection justice. It takes on so many different voices and topics that it works very well as variations on a theme. It touches on life, reality, death, cruelty, and love. It was extremely refreshing to see goth culture represented by someone who understands it. "Katie" is easily the most powerful and memorable piece, not just for its delicate subject matter but the incredibly eloquent way the author wrote it. I was impressed by the word play and scope of the poems. I look forward to reading more.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on April 26, 2012 :
This is an amazing collection!! I was moved to tears reading, "Katie". I highly recommend...the language is beautiful and the insights are extraordinary...a lot of soul is given in these beautiful poems.
(reviewed the day of purchase)