Pen is a disabled writer who refuses to be unproductive. Despite being unable to sit in a chair for almost 4 years due to Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS), she utilizes her laptop to write from a prone position. She also publishes the HS Journal, a monthly magazine dedicated to the topic of Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS) and those who endure it. She initiated an online Bring HS to Light Candlelight Vigil during HS Awareness Week in June of 2018 in an attempt to raise awareness of this illness. When she is not raising awareness of HS, writing or caring for her 91-year-old mother, she is cuddling with her two kitty cats.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have studied the publishing industry since the age of 12. I watched as publishing houses went under, especially with the advent of the Internet. They also drastically reduced support and services for authors, particularly new and "undiscovered" authors. These days traditional publishing houses still take up to 85% from each sale while the author is expected to do much of the legwork involved: promotion, marketing and sales. I actually investigated self-publishing in the early nineties to discover it was a costly venture. These days, it's as easy as the click of a button (well, almost that easy.)
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The creation of characters and different worlds. Imagining each scene then getting it down on paper (or computer.)
In this month's issue of HS Journal:
Bring HS to Light
First HS Clinic in Scotland in the Works
Why a non-HS Person Joins the Candlelight Vigil
With a Grain of Salt
Wake Up, HS Community
Listen to Your Body
HS Journal is the first monthly publication dedicated to the topic of Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS) and the people who endure it. In this issue:
Possible Discrimination Suit to get Medication
A Day in the Life of an HS Mom
New Diet, Now What?
The first monthly publication dedicated to the debilitating skin disease Hidradenitis Suppurativa and the people who endure it. Includes patient stories, tips for living with this chronic autoimmune illness, and more.
When JJ is turned into a vampire, it's up to Great Grandma Stella and her witch friend, Helene, to perform a transference ritual to return JJ to human form. But first, they must outrun and outsmart Grandma's nemesis, Count Drzynsky.
Published: September 26, 2014.
Essay » Literature
Princess Diana and Mother Teresa departed our world within less than a week of each other. As I wondered why, my imagination took over and this essay came to me. Though I have no idea of knowing what truly happened, it gives me great comfort to think of them as Guardian Angels watching over those left behind. I hope it comforts others as well.
Preparation for self-publishing can be a daunting task. Electro-Muse contains instructions and guidelines to help make the process easier for beginning writers traveling the self-publishing path. Writing tips and inspirational quotes by familiar authors are sure to motivate independent authors on their journey.
Maladaptive or excessive daydreaming is a condition from which many people suffer. As a lifelong excessive daydreamer I have shared my experiences with this condition along with research and suggestions for controlling the daydreaming habit.
Fourteen year old Harlie Castleberry comes of age when she learns she has the ability to shapeshift into a mountain lion. Her newfound ability may be the end of her when she comes face to face with an ancient evil.
In 2059, the New World Government is ridding the earth of 9.5 billion inhabitants. Before that happens a small band of people plan to escape aboard the spaceship Intrepid. Pursued by assassin Rembrandt, time is running out.