The Lake Effect

I wrote a book with my dead husband. No, not through a psychic medium, but by excavating the pages of his irreverent writing about his struggle with leukemia. We were young. We made poor decisions. We hid our feelings from each other. And after he died, I learned he hid more than his emotions.

The Lake Effect is a high-stakes love story that taps into the universal feelings of guilt, regret and the pursuit of forgiveness.

Think When Breath Becomes Air meets The Bright Hour with a pinch of Being Mortal and elevated intrigue and irreverence.

It placed 3rd in PNWA Literary Contest. Judges who selected it said, the submission will appeal to a wide audience interested in relationship struggles, detours and reintegration, and universally relatable told in a fresh way.

Watch the Elliott Bay Books reading of the book prologue:

I’m a Seattle-based writer with a day job and years of evening writing courses, including the year-long Hugo House Memoir program. I recently took a sabbatical to complete my book, gain publishing credits and build a platform. I’m grateful to have pieces in Brevity, Months To Years, Wayne Literary Review and a forthcoming flash story in The Baltimore Review.

Lake effect snow is a common weather event in the Great Lakes region and is a theme throughout the book. When cold air streams across a long stretch of warm lake water, the lower layer of air warms, and lifts water vapor. The vapor rises to the arctic air above and freezes. It becomes snow, and drops in abundance, like a heavy grief, on the shore.

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