Kathleen Pooler


Kathleen Pooler is a retired Family Nurse Practitioner and writer. Her memoir, "Ever Faithful to His Lead: My Journey Away From Emotional Abuse" and work-in-progress sequel, "Hope Matters: A Memoir" are about how the power of hope through her faith in God helped her to transform, heal and transcend life’s obstacles and disappointment—domestic abuse, divorce, single parenting, loving and letting go of an alcoholic son, cancer and heart failure—to live a life of joy and contentment. She believes hope matters and that we are all strengthened and enlightened when we share our stories.

One of Kathleen’s stories “The Stone on the Shore” is published in the anthology: "The Woman I’ve Become: 37 Women Share Their Journeys From Toxic Relationships to Self-Empowerment" by Pat LaPointe, 2012. Another story: “Choices and Chances” is published in the "My Gutsy Story Anthology" by Sonia Marsh, September, 2013.
She writes weekly at her Memoir Writer’s Journey blog: krpooler dot com.

She lives with her husband Wayne in eastern New York.

Smashwords Interview

Why did you write "Ever Faithful to His Lead: My Journey Away From Emotional Abuse"?
I started out writing a different story about a cancer diagnosis and watching a beloved son spiral downward into substance abuse. I didn’t find this story until I had written three years worth of vignettes while taking a memoir writing workshop. As I kept writing, the story that needed to be told revealed itself to me. When a developmental editor told me I had two memoirs, I realized I could not write the story of my simultaneous battle with a cancer diagnosis and a young son’s descent into substance abuse until I wrote about getting into and out of two abusive marriages. It took on a life of its own and I became connected to its purpose—to share hope with others. It is possible to climb out of the abyss of poor decisions and go on to live life on your own terms.
Was there any one person who was your inspiration for your main character?
Since it is a memoir about a slice of my life, I am the main character in the narrative. I was driven by the question: “How does a young woman from a loving Catholic family make so many wise choices about career, yet so many poor choices about love that she ends up escaping in broad daylight with her two children from her second husband for fear of physical abuse?” It was time to answer the question that had been asked of me for twenty -five years of my life.by those who loved me.
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Where to find Kathleen Pooler online


Ever Faithful to His Lead; My Journey Away From Emotional Abuse
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 62,210. Language: English. Published: July 25, 2014 by Open Books Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir, Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Abuse / domestic partner abuse
How does a young woman from a stable, loving family make so many poor choices when it comes to love? Kathy must face her self-defeating patterns before she and her children become a statistic. The lives of her two children depend upon the choices she makes. Join Kathy on her roller-coaster ride of self-discovery, from shame and guilt to inner strength in her tears to triumph story.

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