This book is bargain priced from 11/13/2013 until 08/31/2014
Jen thinks of traveling Europe with fellow Mormon, Jeanne, and a Catholic Eskimo named Bert, as an escape from her conservative upbringing and the pressures of conforming to a religion she does not believe in. But she discovers freedom means more than being worldly, having a guilt free good time and finding the perfect pint of ale.
Real freedom for Jen is about telling friends on a night train she was molested by a highly respected Mormon man who is also her uncle, and knowing that with Bert and Jeanne’s support she would do something about it. It’s about discovering Jeanne is a lesbian and choosing her friendship over the ingrained Mormon ideal that homosexuality is a sin. It’s about learning that spirituality isn’t confined to a church. And freedom means discovering how to have an ale laden, raucous, guilt-free journey of self-discovery.
Targeted Age Group: 18 and up
Book Price: $2.99
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How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
This is a memoir which means it’s incredibly personal and writing it require an honesty that wasn’t always comfortable.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Focus on journey of writing. That’s where the satisfaction is. Fame and fortune have to be secondary.
I was raised in rural Idaho by a pair of dedicated educators. I decided to go into the family business and moved to the big city of Boise to get my degree. I taught secondary English for sixteen years before deciding to try something new. My husband, stepson, and two daughters are my biggest fans in my writing ventures.
My first book was Hey, Get a Job! A Teen Guide for Getting and Keeping a Job. Then came Hey, Back Off! Tips for Stopping Teen Harassment (New Horizon Press Books). It was written with the help of my mom, Phyllis Hendrickson, M Ed. Someday I will add to the Hey series because I am a teacher at heart.
After writing two self-help books for teens and parents, I wanted to mix it up. I published my memoir, A Backpack, a Eurorail Pass and Some Serious Baggage, in 2013. It is cathartic and terrifying to share something so personal.
Today you will find me in Boise, Idaho working on any number of projects, spending time with my family, cheering on the Boise State Broncos, and doing my best to enjoy the great outdoors.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
This is my story. As an author who writes non-fiction for teens and parents, this story seemed to fit my need to help others overcome obstacles. I have always felt that it’s amazing to read about how our life struggles define us and make us stronger at the same time. I wanted to share that.