Welcome to my adventures in publishing, where I share my experiences as an independent author with all its frustrations and glory. Here you will find stories about my writing life and what I’m working on, reviews of Books I Love, New Release Spotlights from authors I enjoy, and my latest project, The Grief Diary, where I explore the aftermath of love and loss.
Everything I know about publishing I went out and learned on my own by reading books and blogs, joining writers’ groups, and attending writers’ conferences. How I wish I’d had someone to take me by the hand and show me the way. This led me to share my knowledge via my blog and my Facebook and Twitter accounts. And, when we’re not in a pandemic, I teach classes at three colleges. I also guide aspiring authors to publication through personal coaching.
My debut novel Blue Hydrangeas, an Alzheimer’s love story is a Kindle bestseller, IndieReader Approved, a 5-star Reader’s Favorite, a Library Journal Self-e Selection, and a BookWorks featured book. It’s available in digital, paperback, and audiobook on Amazon. A prequel to the novel, Christmas at Blue Hydrangeas, was released on Kindle, paperback, and audio. In 2019 it was a Solo Medalist Winner in New Apple Literary’s Summer E-Book Awards in the Short Story category.
My Young Adult novel Swim Season is the fast-paced drama driven story of Olympic hopeful Aerin Keane, starting senior year in her third high school and trying NOT to win. But can she hide her natural talent and competitive streak with a 50,000-dollar scholarship on the line? Swim Season was an Official Selection in the 2017 New Apple Book Awards: Young Adult General Fiction, and is a 5-star Readers’ Favorite and a BookWorks Featured Book of the Week. Available in paperback, Kindle, and audiobook on Amazon and the usual spots.
I’ve published three short stories in Kindle and audio: “Ino’s Love,” the award winning “Collection,” Daisy Hunter Story No. 1, and “Birthday Party,” Daisy Hunter Story No. 2.
My writing and publishing career has led me to become a founding member of AlzAuthors, the global community of authors writing about the dementias. Our goal is to raise awareness of these diseases and to spotlight carefully vetted books and blogs recommended for caregivers and others looking for knowledge and support. Each week we feature a new author/blogger on our blog and I host a podcast featuring one of our authors. Visit alzauthors.com.
A native Bostonian, I live in New York’s Hudson Valley, and when not writing work as a campus nurse at a community college. I love books, the beach, and craft beer, and especially enjoy the three of them together.
To learn how repetitive strain injuries and thoracic outlet syndrome interrupted my writing life please visit My TOS Life or Broken, Not Bitter. An Author’s Life with Repetitive Strain Injuries
One of the wonderful things about being an independent author is that I get to publish with own imprint. Bunky Press is named after my father, Ted Kasica, who passed away in 1976 and is not forgotten by anyone who loved him. Here’s my logo, and a brief article about my dad, the fisherman, written by my talented brother Kenn Kasica. Enjoy! It’s a great read. The cast out, the bite, the reel in – 35 years later.