Meet Kathleen Pooler: a Memoir Writer who inspires Hope

Kathleen Pooler

Kathleen Pooler

Published writers who blog about the writing life are a great resource for those who hope to be published.

Click here to access my series about writers who blog about writing. 

Meet Kathleen Pooler, a retired family nurse practitioner whose hope-inspiring memoir will be published on July 28.

Pooler Final Cover

Ever Faithful to His Lead: My Journey Away From Emotional Abuse will be available at Amazon (click here).

Kathleen also generously shares her writing journey with blog readers. On her website she offers tips for memoir writers  and a list of resources.

For more tips, check out her recent blog posts which explore:

Kathleen also opens her heart to readers.

She explores how hope works in her life, and she facilitates an ongoing conversation with readers about how hope and faith come together to work in their lives. She believes, as I do, that we are mutually strengthened and enlightened when we share our stories.

Kathleen has enjoyed a good life–a  successful career as a family nurse practitioner, a happy marriage, a blended family of six children, and ten grandsons, a Golden Retriever named Max, and 135 acres where her husband grows organic vegetables. She found all this goodness by coming through many obstacles and disappointments: divorce, two failed marriages, one alcoholic and one abusive spouse, single-parenting, a son’s alcoholism, cancer and heart failure.

Her story is particularly helpful to people in abusive, oppressive  or destructive relationship, and to those with a friend or family member trapped in unhappiness. Her greatest wish is that her memoir will be a guiding light to women who find themselves in the grip of an unhealthy relationship, who are searching for their inner strength and freedom.

I wish her success with her new book, not only for herself but also for the people who will be inspired and motivated by her story. And I thank her, with admiration, for mustering the courage and perseverance to write and share her journey with readers.

You can connect with Kathy on her blog, and also on your favorite social media networks:

Twitter @kathypooler

LinkedIn: Kathleen Pooler

Google+:Kathleen Pooler


Facebook–Personal page Kathy Pooler

Facebook — Author page, Kathleen Pooler/Memoir Writer’s Journey


Which book or which author has been an inspiration to you? 



Baseball goes with Summer like Beer goes with Hot Dogs

It’s summer! And baseball is the quintessential summer story.

  • The pressure of time is suspended during every game, there’s no clock;
  • You can get a hot dog at any ball park (and usually a beer);
  • Baseball is essentially a heroic summertime story–with:
    • characters (the players and coaches)
    • drama (who will be victorious?),
    • plot (the intricate strategy),
    • and ongoing suspense–every at-bat is a scene with a beginning, middle and end, every inning is a chapter, every game is a book in a series.
  • Tickets are reasonably priced, in some cases they’re ridiculously cheap (a couple of bucks for 3+ hours of entertainment)

And Fenway Park is the quintessential ball park:

Guess how many ball parks there are in little ‘ole New England where you can watch major league, minor league or collegiate ball?

A Handy Guide to All the Baseball Teams and Parks in New England by Location and League

all the baseball parks in new england

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Writing and Publishing — whose advice should you trust?

writing and publishing advice

The following post was published on the Rose Hall Media tips for writers site: (re-blogged with permission) Bob Mayer says that 99% of the advice you’re hearing about writing and publishing comes from 1% of authors. His blog post explores the question: “So … Continue reading

If I don’t tell the truth about how fibromyalgia feels, am I a liar?

truth and lies in blogging

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Rhapsodic Variations on a Theme of Tabouli

quinoa variation on tabouli

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Meet Shirley Hershey Showalter, author of Blush: a Mennonite Girl Meets a Glittering World

Blush: a Mennonite Girl Meets a Glittering World by Shirley Hershey Showalter

I am pleased and privileged to introduce you to one of my new favorite authors, Shirley Hershey Showalter. I encourage you to read her memoir Blush: a Mennonite Girl Meets a Glittering World, to gain insight into the Mennonite culture and the … Continue reading

I is for Innovation–living well, despite everything

innovation solves problems

This is part of a series of an alphabet of help for living well, despite everything: I is for Innovation. There will always be at least one apparently valid excuse, and a dozen more rationalizations, in defense of why it just … Continue reading