As an author of various self-published books, my writing style definitely reflects my farm girl roots. After reading one of my books, one fellow even asked me if I was Amish. I laughed, "Well, no I'm not but I am almost Amish!" My grammar doesn't reflect perfect English. It's what I call authentic Western Pennsylvania Hillbilly. But my writing is probably the most authentic thing about me because I never aspired to become an author. Each book seemed to write itself and each for very different personal reasons. By the time I reached fifty-something, I finally had the courage to put it out there, on view, for you. I was in my forties when I wrote my first little books - "Jacque's Journals". Ironically they were the last ones I made available to the public. I call them bathroom books because they have very short ditties that seem to provoke thought, and a lot of folks seem to do a lot thinking in the bathroom! Then came the "Frogtown Family" - a short coffee-table book that I created as a gift to my family and a tribute to my rural roots with a fond story about each family member and how it shaped my life. After that, another short child-like story book evolved, "What's Your Story" - to help simplify the wonderful world of the Enneagram and share how our divine essence is a gift from God and can transform our personalities. ALL SHORT STUFF...UNTIL... "Gratitude & Grit - A Mother's Healing Journey" 2013 NEXT GENERATION INDIE BOOK AWARD FINALIST - the true account of my son Erik Fugunt's seemingly fatal motorcycle accident. I say "seemingly" because he was given a zero percent chance of surviving, but he did, and is now a paraplegic. That one event has transformed my life more than any other; and the book was written to share the story of healing - on many levels - for both of us; and most of all, to share Hope. Then, because my son's story became even more unbelievable - "Paralyzed Without Fear - A Family of Their Own", 2016 NEXT GENERATION INDIE BOOK AWARD FINALIST - the sequel to "Gratitude & Grit" and continuing saga of my son Erik's life after paralysis as his quest to rebuild his life and have a family of his own led him through very difficult times. His unbelievable journey is a story made for movies; filled with suspense, twists, turns and serendipitous moments as he makes his way through the dark valley of paralysis and emerges to become the first paralyzed man to use experimental animal husbandry methods at home to conceive his children. The overarching message of this memoir reaches back to my son's childhood revealing a profound prophecy of purpose that has been quietly woven throughout the tapestry of his entire life and continues still - a prophecy of living courageously. Honestly, I have no idea what will be next! www.jacquelinedunkle.com www.erikfugunt.comRead more Read less
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