January 4, 2018

What a year 2017 was for my debut novel Mothers and Other Strangers. Somewhere along the way, I stopped blogging and wanted to share some of the highlights of what happened along the way. 

I traveled around Canada and the United States, having events and connecting with...

July 5, 2017

Since Mothers and Other Strangers launched 2 months ago, Indigo Bookstores has been steadily ordering and re-ordering my novel. I have been trying to get to as many of their bookstores as I can, and the staff is always so nice, having me sign, letting me take pics, and...

June 8, 2017

Well, it has just been just over a month since Mothers and Other Strangers launched out into the world and I am so grateful that my debut novel has been so well received. There has been a lot of love, and I'm just thrilled. Getting praise from people whom I respect and...


My mother born in the great depression and they lived on a paltry farm. If rocks had cash crops they would have been millionaires. She was the 5th child in a family of ten. My grandmother was often overwhelmed by that many children, and so much work she would leave fo...

April 27, 2017

      My mother, Dana Lynne Schahuber slinked into a Waffle House in Southern Missouri one March day, puffy-eyed and forlorn over a breakup with a guy named Tim. Comfort food, that’s what she needed. Clustered in the waiting area was the man who would become...

April 25, 2017

I'm thrilled that Good Housekeeping chose my personal essay about discovering more about my own mother, along with photos and a nice mention of my book, in their May Mother's Day Issue. Such an honor! And it's on stands now. So exciting!

April 21, 2017

As a young woman my mother looked like Julia Roberts in a cowgirl costume, her smile as big as the Montana sky. She was born on a ranch in the Gallatin Gateway, about 50 miles from Yellowstone National Park, which wasn’t much more distant than a trip to the hardware st...

April 18, 2017

My mom, Virginia Kelley Bellemeur, grew up on a farm outside of Montpelier Vermont in the early 1920’s and 1930’s, during the Depression Era. There were 5 kids in the family and things were not easy; she and her sister would walk a long distance in to town to sell flow...

April 12, 2017

My mother, Ellie Purcell Dunn, grew up in the glamorous but pre-air-conditioning Palm Springs of the 1930s and 40s. She's in the foreground of this photo, part of a Life magazine shoot about the good life in Palm Springs. It's 1949, she's a freshman in high school, and...

April 5, 2017

Before she was my mother, my mother suffered terrible shyness. The runt of 8 kids, she was ignored by her family, made fun of by kids because her teeth were crooked, until she saved up enough of her own money to get braces on her teeth.  After she became my mom, she to...

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