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I am an award-winning writer from the Midwest, currently featured in “These Winter Months” an anthology of the “Late Orphan Project.”  The award-winning anthology, noted by the Great Midwest Book Festival, is edited by Anne Born and published by The Backpack Press, New York City, 2017.  I’ve also had a piece highlighted in the “Prized Possession” contest 2017 by Silver Birch Press, Los Angeles.

I am a contributor to  The Broad Side and occasionally writes for BlogHer.  I  was named a BlogHer Voice of the Year for 2014.  Published in Salon, Alter-Net, Benefits Pro, News on Women, Autism After Sixteen, Mamapedia, I’ve written for the Alliance Health family of sites and Senior Wire News Service, with two national columns. My work ran in multiple local and regional newspapers and magazines, including the Evansville Courier and Press, the Evansville Business Journal, Evansville Woman magazine, Boomer Magazine Jasper, Boomer Magazine Vincennes, and the Washington Times-Herald. I’ve also been featured on the Erma Bombeck Writer’s Workshop site.  I’m proud to have been a part of the “Open Salon” writer’s site by Salon from 2009 to 2013.

I’ve published four books, Whitley County Kid, A Piece of Her Heart, A Piece of Her Mind, and The Luxury of Daydreams.  Links to the book sites are available on the Books page on this site. I’ve also published several books of photography, designed as gifts for individuals with dementia.  Links to the book sites are on the Photo Books page on this forum.

Orient reporter 1977

Orient reporter 1977

I am a  graduate of the School of Journalism at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, where I earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree.

  • I’m working on several projects, including a history of my mother’s family farm, with my father, William G. McVay. No title yet.
  • I’m compiling the third in The Raven Lunatic series.  A Piece of Her Soul will be published in 2018.
  • I’ve had a piece selected for an anthology on mental illness, to be published next spring.