I'm a 66 year psychiatrist, single mother and activist who emigrated from Seattle to New Zealand in 2002. This followed fifteen years of intensive personal harassment by the U.S. government for my political activities. I write about this in my recent memoir The Most Revolutionary Act: Memoir of an American Refugee.
What are you working on next?
I have just finished A Rebel Comes of Age, a young adult novel which will be released Dec 21, 2013. It's the sequel to A Battle for Tomorrow. In A Rebel Comes of Age, Ange is a year older (17), and she and four other homeless teenagers occupy an empty commercial building owned by Bank of America. As they slowly transform it into a teen homeless shelter, Ange goes into crisis mode when the other residents decide to use firearms to keep a police SWAT team from evicting them.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I was intrigued by a review of my first novel, The Battle for Tomorrow, that cautioned parents my book was a carefully crafted handbook on how to manipulate vulnerable teenagers into a "socialist " political agenda. The comment intrigued me so much that it inspired a sequel. In the second book in the series, Ange is a year older (17) and less susceptible to the efforts of older adults to manipulate her.
Inspired by Occupy Wall Street, seventeen-year-old Angela Jones and four other homeless teenagers occupy an empty commercial building owned by Bank of America. As they slowly transform it into a teen homeless shelter Ange goes into crisis mode when the other residents decide to use firearms to prevent the police from evicting them. Winner of 2014 Pinnacle Achievement Award.
A collection of essays about real political change, the kind where the 99% overthrow the corporate elites who have seized control of our so-called democracies. In addition to heralding undreamed of political upheaval, the last two years have inspired new hope of taking back power from multinational corporations. Cover photo by David Shankbone via Wikimedia Commons.
Fifteen years of intense government harassment leads a psychiatrist, single mother and social activist to close her 25-year Seattle practice to begin a new, safe life in New Zealand. What starts as phone harassment, stalking and illegal break-ins quickly progresses to six attempts on her life and an affair with an undercover agent who railroads her into a psychiatric hospital.