Women are the main characters in my writing. Their narratives are central to the important issues of our time, including equality, diversity, violence, race, and spirituality. They struggle to relate to everyone with respect and a blend of courage and compassion. These are ways of thinking and acting I aspire to (as I fall short of this every day!). What drives me to write is the belief that this kind of balanced life is possible.
These hard-working, earnest women are not crones, witches or goddesses; the old symbolism fails to bring us wisdom in modern life. Perhaps only the shapeshifter will remain meaningful as we move into the future. Our super-power is our ability to judge what is beneficial and least harmful and act accordingly. All we can do is adapt and do our best not to be tricked, bribed, harassed, or seduced into paltry, mean-spirited, fearful lives.
And these women live on equal footing with men, whom they love and welcome into their lives. In the Leila Payson series, the main character (Leila) embarks on a new relationship with Mark. The books also deal with issues facing people with disabilities. Cultural, religious, sexual, and ethnic diversity are reflected in other major characters: Dov (Jewish, gay), Maria (Cuban-American, a female Don Quixote), Estrella (Latina-American, corporate climber), Skye (Catholic, drag queen), Charles (Anglo, heir to a fortune), and Raoul (Cuban-American, high school student, hearing-impaired).
As a writer, I work with words to depict the world both critically and intuitively. Playing with language and ideas is as invigorating as yoga, sex, or good company. Humor and poetry fill us with spiritual reality. Very healthy!
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