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  • My first novel started with a mole. Yes, a MOLE - a freckle, a birthmark, whatever you want to call it.
  • I was at the pool with my daughter getting ignored by our swim instructor when a lifeguard with a particularly ripped abdomen walked by. He stopped to flirt with one of the female lifeguards and my eyes flew directly to an adorable mole on the top can of his six-pack.
  • "How cute!" I thought (among other things). "He looks like a character in a romance novel!"
  • So I went home and started writing fiction for the first time. That was over a year ago and I still haven't been able to stop. GRAVY is the story of a suburban housewife who wants another baby, but gets a man with a mole instead.
  • GRAVY is now available on Kindle and Nook!

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February 05, 2013

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Jimmie

I love it. I read applications as part of my job, and if I read something as out of the ordinary as what you wrote, I'd give you an interview if for no other reason than to meet the woman with balls enough to talk about vagina-waxing on an application essay. :) Crossing fingers and toes and hoping you get in! What a great path for you.

Jennifer

Fingers crossed!

Canadian Rachel

I'm late to the party, but I think you're doing the right thing, and debt be damned. You want to help single mothers? Their kids? You're going the right direction, I think. Social work might be another angle on it; I know social workers who perform a lot of counselling tasks. Any angle through your church? The way will present itself. You are smart, you are creative, you will find it.

Meredith

Oh honey, my fingers are ALWAYS crossed for you! But, somehow, I think, instead of luck, it's much more fun to watch you make a 90 degree turn and blaze a new trail!

Lisa

In your last post you said you were doing this because you were "fucking sick of being poor" and needed to "mow yourself down a future."

When confronted with the cold, hard fact that this path doesn't translate into a secure future, all of a sudden you are doing it to "stay above the poverty line and help other single mothers do the same"?

I don't buy it.

laura

Fingers are so crossed for you!!

Kara

I'm currently in an MA program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling on the East Coast. Just a tip: if you want to do this with no debt, the best way (as there are almost 0 scholarships in this field at the MA level) is to get a full-time job at the university. I do administrative work for a pittance of about $36,000 a year, but I get 97 percent of my tuition paid by the University. This means I pay about $150 per class (instead of the usual $4,000 per class price tag). You have to go slower (two classes a semester max), but it's SO worth it to avoid having $72,000 (18 classes x $4000 per class) in debt. Good luck.

Nancy

You are broke - why would you willingly go into significant debt (if you can even get the loans) when you are already struggling? Great motives and all, but what happened to your writing?

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