Springfield’s Own Magazine interview with author Kathleen H. Wheeler
Thanks to Springfield’s Own Magazine for the fantastic interview just published in their September/October 2017 medical issue! A special thanks to creative director Will Norris for his interest in my novel, writer Whitney Barnes for digging into the details, and photographer Immanuel Ahiable for taking some great shots. Following is a link to the article for those of you who are interested. If you have any questions after reading, fire away here in the comments! Continue reading →
Family Saga Novel Wins Readers Favorite Book Award in International Competition
I’m thrilled to announce that my family saga novel Brought To Our Senses won a 2017 Readers Favorite Book Award for Fiction-Drama! What a privilege it is for my book to receive an honorable mention in this category alongside the other winners and finalists, all with truly remarkable stories. Thanks so much to Readers Favorite Book Awards and the judges of this competition for this great honor. I’m flattered to be in the company of such accomplished writers and outstanding work.
The Readers Favorite International Book Award Contest features thousands of contestants from all over the world. Submissions are judged from independent authors, small publishers, and publishing giants such as Random House, HarperCollins, and Simon & Schuster, with contestants that range from the first-time, self-published author to New York Times bestsellers.
I was lucky enough to round up some solar eclipse viewing glasses just as the big event was taking place, thanks to a colleague with an extra pair (thanks Mark). I gazed in awe for a full thirty minutes as the moon’s shadow swept across the Midwest obliterating 96% of the sun in central Illinois. When the light dimmed and the shadows disappeared, the buzz of the cicadas reached its crescendo. The mosquitoes must have come out too because I discovered a bite on my leg.
As I marveled at the spectacle of my first solar eclipse, I tried to recall if I’ve ever witnessed this natural phenomenon before. That led me to wonder if I’ll ever see another one in my lifetime, which made me realize how fleeting life really is for us insignificant humans in this massive galaxy of ours. Continue reading →
15th Annual Conference for Caregivers August 12, 2017 Springfield, IL
I’m looking forward to attending the 15th annual Conference for Caregivers this Saturday, August 12 from 8 am to 2 pm at the Northfield Center, 3280 Northfield Drive in Springfield, Illinois. Presented by the Area Agency on Aging for Lincolnland, the conference is offered for caregivers of older family members and grandparents raising children to provide information and support.
Following are some of the great sessions lined up, including a couple focused on dementia that I’m really looking forward to hearing. You can still register through Thursday, August 10 by calling the Area Agency on Aging for Lincolnland at 217-787-9234 for more information. Continue reading →
The American Writers Museum sign on the side of a building caught my attention as I cut a path through the crowd along Michigan Avenue to meet a friend. What exactly is the American Writers Museum, I wondered as I hurried to reach my luncheon destination north of the Chicago River. My curiosity piqued, I vowed to check it out later during my weekend stay in the Windy City.
Finding a few hours of free time the next morning, I retraced my steps to 180 North Michigan Avenue and entered the American Writers Museum on the second floor as the doors were unlocked at 10 am sharp, pleased to be the first visitor of the day. Wowed by the high-tech and shiny-new gleam of the place, I learned the museum’s grand opening on May 16, 2017 had been less than two months before my visit. Here’s what I discovered on my tour. Click on any image to enlarge and use your back arrow to return. Continue reading →
I recently read the book Motherhood: Lost and Found by Ann Campanella. It was a good memoir about the sandwich generation trying to do the right thing for their aging parents, their children, and themselves. Campanella writes beautifully and truthfully about the difficulties of undertaking and balancing the tasks of having and raising children, family caregiving for ailing parents, and pursuing a career and personal hobbies. Thank goodness for Campanella it all works out in the end. Job well done!
First, a little bit about the group offering this great eBook sale. AlzAuthors was founded in 2016 by four daughters of dementia who met over the internet because of their books, and formed a friendship and a mission to create a space where caregivers can find solid support, and those who share their stories can find the proper audience. I am pleased to be a member of AlzAuthors.
Illinois Author Earns Next Generation Indie Book Award for Dementia Novel
Kathleen H. Wheeler’s poignant family drama Brought to Our Senses named a finalist in the First Novel category of the Next Generation Indie Book Awards.
Illinois author Kathleen H. Wheeler’s debut Brought to Our Senses has been named a finalist in the First Novel category of the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Known as the ‘Sundance’ of the book publishing world, the international book award competition recognizes the most exceptional books published independent of the “Big Five” conglomerates through small presses, larger independent publishers, university presses, e-book publishers, and self-published authors. The Next Generation Indie Book Awards are judged by leaders of the indie book publishing industry, including many coming from long careers with major publishing houses, to identify cream-of-the-crop books worthy of support to reach a wider audience of readers.
“Hey, let’s go to Six Flags today,” my mother suggested one Saturday morning in early June of 1980 as she hovered over the shabby sofa on which I sprawled. “We shouldn’t waste such a gorgeous day, and you don’t have to work, right?”
“Huh?” I peered up from the juicy novel I’d planned to devour first over summer break.
“Come on, it’ll be fun!” In one swift move, Mom confiscated the paperback and hoisted me from my cozy nest. “You can read in the car on the way there and back, okay?”
“What about the twins?” I asked about my sisters. “They’ll be ticked to be left out.”
“Yeah, right, aren’t you funny! And besides, they’re working today. This is our special treat … on me.”
My older siblings had entered the “it’s-not-cool-to-hang-with-Mom” stage of adolescence. At fourteen, I was headed in that direction too, testing my independence with my first job at McDonald’s and spreading my wings with activities away from home. The mood-swing-inducing hormones that would distance me from my mother for the better part of the next decade were already running through my veins. Continue reading →