Voices Lessons: Tales of Breaking Free is my second short story collection, and it is nominated for a NEMBA (Northeastern MN Book Award) this year. The stories in this collection generally have to do with people going through transformation, and in some cases, finding their voice. Here’s a sense of the book:


Linked by the theme of finding our voices, breaking free of constraints, and transformation, the stories in Voice Lessons look at what it means to move into a new way of being, or to reexamine our beliefs and internal stories. A woman who can’t resolve her relationship with her mother takes solace in the wilderness. A man leaves his corporate job impulsively, finding that the noise of ferry boats tugs open his heart. North Dakota hills call to a woman on a passenger train. A deaf woman wants to learn to sing. A moneyed couple’s life falls apart when their acquisitions disappear. These and other stories explore what it means to listen to one’s true voice, and act on it.