Many families miss loved ones when they are away serving in the military. Sometimes the service men and women are away from moms, dads, brothers, and sisters. In this story Dad and the kids, Harmony and Dominic, are home missing mom. Mom is in the United States Army, and during her deployment, she is sometimes gone for up to 12 months. Throughout the book, you experience what the family has to do to cope without mom, all the while missing her. I hope this book is a testament to those families who make many sacrifices at home and abroad so that we can enjoy the freedoms that we have.
What inspired you to write your memoir?
The book is an inspirational and humorous travel memoir about cross-country skiing. The inspiration is America’s greatest cross-country ski race held in Hayward, WI, a 50 KM (30 mile) event held annually and usually in sub-freezing conditions. It occurred to me that the cross-country skiing community is a strange and interesting culture that people might like to learn more about. The book has been very well-received so far.
About your Book:
Cross-country skiers are hearty folk. The compulsion to race marathon-length distances in subfreezing conditions requires an eternally optimistic and fiercely independent spirit. The fear of blinding snow or paralyzing cold does not deter them, and it has been said that skiers do not merely laugh at adversity; they are completely oblivious to its existence. America’s greatest cross-country ski race is the American Birkebeiner or “Birkie” for short. Every year, thousands of people journey from all over the globe to Hayward, Wisconsin, for a world-class celebration of life, winter, and the competitive spirit. Prior to the race, local participants find themselves in the throes of a unique and natural euphoria. They thrill at the prospect of participating shoulder to shoulder with elite international competitors in a wild race through the great Northwoods wilderness. Beyond Birkie Fever is the story of how America’s magnificent cross-country ski marathon can expand your horizons and be the gateway to experiences beyond anything you’d ever hoped to imagine!
I was born in Wisconsin. After receiving a degree in literature I moved to Lima, Peru and worked there for 10 years as an English teacher, translator, and freelance writer. I moved back to the US in 2009 to pursue cross-country skiing once again.
How did you decide how to publish your book and where is it published through:
I published with Rhemalda out of Seattle. They’re a small, traditional publisher and they have been great to work with.