Skye Blaine

Biography

Amrita Skye Blaine writes short essays, memoir, fiction, and poetry, developing themes of aging, coming of age, disability, and most of all, the process of unlearning–the heart of the matter. In 2003, she received an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University. Her memoir manuscript, now titled Bound to Love, won first prize in the Pacific Northwest Writers Association 2005 literary contest.

She has had personal essays published in five anthologies, and in national magazines: “In Context” (now known as “Yes!” magazine) and “Catalyst.” Other personal essays have been published in the “Register-Guard” newspaper, and the “Eugene Weekly.” Skye also presented radio essays on KRML 1410 AM in Carmel, CA.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the white-glove culture of upper-middle class Cincinnati. I never liked the stiffness. I'm a casual, blue jean girl, and broke away from my family's style early.
When did you first start writing?
I wrote terrible poetry and steamy romance as a teenager. In my first year of college, I took creative writing. The instructor reamed out my story--and me--in front of the whole class. He was dismissive and mean. I stopped writing for twenty-five years, and now I'm sad I gave him that power to silence me. I recently found the little story I had presented in a box my son was storing. It wasn't good; it wasn't even a complete story--but it showed a love of words and clean, spare style. Why couldn't he have encouraged that?
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Books

Bound to Love: A Memoir of Grit and Gratitude
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 84,140. Language: English. Published: October 7, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir
Bound to Love is the true story of a single mother who encountered and navigated a complicated nightmare for any parent. My child, the only child I could ever bear, was born with a life-threatening congenital heart defect, and suffered a more brutal health diagnosis soon after. Walk with me as I birth the courage and grit to meet Thom’s compounding challenges.

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Smashwords book reviews by Skye Blaine

  • Nothing Personal: Seeing Beyond the Illusion of a Separate Self on April 20, 2011

    I wanted to write a longer review. I've been sitting with nondual teachers and reading extensively for three years. "Nothing Personal" has touched me more deeply than any other reading, from Longchenpa to Tony Parsons. I reread it regularly--soak it in, really. It is a must-own book.