An author of two novels and one award winning nonfiction; two blog sites; several published articles; avid reader; and advocate for women's health issues. I am a retired registered nurse with a master's degree in human development and psychology. I write about social and family issues in an attempt to make this world a more peaceful and healthier place.
Davida: Model & Mistress of Augustus Saint-Gaudens
Davida is the story of unconditional love between Albertina Hultgren (aka Davida Johnson Clark) and renowned American sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens. It was a forbidden love that survived twenty-five years, until his untimely death. She was the ethereal woman; he was strength and exuberance.
The author is the only surviving great-grandchild from this union. She tells the story of her great-grandmother of which there is very little factual data. Therefore she created a fictionalized version of Davida except for her known role as the model for some of Saint-Gaudens's sculptures.
The author hopes to remove any stigma to Davida, who was never able to publicly proclaim her unconditional love for Augustus. She also wants to remove the label of a bastard from her grandfather, Louis Paul Clark who lived his whole life in fear and shame for being given such a name in the late 1880's.
Novy's Son: The Selfish Genius
A story describing one man's life who does not learn how to be a healthy and responsible man, husband, or father. It is a common social problem when the "Iron John" is not passed on from fathers to sons especially. This theory was popularized by Robert Bly in the 1980's with his book, "Iron John."
From his early childhood, Murray Clark sought love and acceptance from his father, who was raised as the bastard child of a famous artist. He struggled with jealousy toward his younger brothers, and he questioned the morals and values of people around him.
As an adult, Murray lived life his way, with years of lying, womanizing, and heavy drinking. Though married four times, did he ever find unconditional love? Would Murray's high intelligence and his unique philosophy of life help him rise above his demons?
Based on a true story.
Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir
When Karen Ingalls was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, she realized how little she knew about what was once called "the silent killer." As she began to educate herself she felt overwhelmed by the prevalent negativity of cancer. Lost in the information about drugs, side effects, and statistics, the author redirected her energy to focus on the equally overwhelming blessings of life, learning to rejoice in each day and find peace in spirituality in this memoir.
Ms. Ingalls is a calming presence and positive companion, offering a refreshing perspective of hope with the knowledge that "the beauty of the soul, the real me and the real you, outshines the effects of cancer, chemotherapy, and radiation." This is a story of survival and reminds readers that disease is not an absolute, but a challenge to recover.