Yep, I wrote a book.
Not a book about suicide...or grieving...
or anything you'd think I'd write about.

It's a children's chapter book.
A magical tale about
holding onto one's dreams.
Which is hard, right?
How often did your childhood-self
hear some rendition of:
"Who do YOU think you are???
You can't do THAT!"

My childhood repeatedly taught me:
"You're a SLOW reader; you can't spell.
You're dyslexic!
Dyslexics are NOT writers."

Nonetheless, I've always written
...privately & dyslexicly.
After my husband's suicide,
I was writing about my soul's
OMG-Grief-Is-Us curriculum.
Until the phone rang...
and it wasn't good.

A friend's 20-something child,
who struggled to heal mental illness,
had become suicidal.
Upon hanging up the phone,
that still small voice whispered:
"Start younger."

From that day forward,
my keyboard was kidnapped
by a muse on a mission.
Obligatory cooperation followed.
Why?
Awestruck curiosity.
And...muse-possessed-me
HAD to knowhow
the story would end!

When the keyboard
finally typed: 'The End',
dyslexic-me smiled.
I sooooo wish little-girl-me
had read this story.
I would have lived a more
'authentically Marlie' life.

More importantly,
if my husband had read
Sparkle Always,
perhaps--just perhaps--
he would have learned
how to dismiss the destructive
Voice of Doubt.

We all have that voice--
and it's dangerous.

Sparkle Always
isn't a best seller
...truth-be-told,
it's never been marketed.

The muse wrote it while
I was actively healing my
suicide-widow-broken-heart.
When the keyboard stopped,
I didn't have the stamina
or the confidence to pursue
fancy, grown-up publishing options.
Instead, honoring the book's teachings,
I hired a young, aspiring,
editor-wanna-be genus.

Then muse-possessed-dyslexic-me
let Amazon bring
Sparkle Always to life.

So, yes, I wrote a book.
Not a book about suicide...or grieving...
or anything you'd think--NO WAIT.
This book is exactly what
a muse-possessed dyslexic
SHOULD write.

Like all things in life,
you can buy
Sparkle Always
via Amazon. If it ever
becomes a 'seller',
dyslexic-me will donate profits to
heart-smart organizations
improving mental wellness,
preventing suicide,
and ending shame and stigma.

Order Book