Many tales take place in Midwest settings surrounded by farms, churches, animals, and Nebraska tumbleweed. Our theme is women.
Dene Hellman has written four books in addition to two poetry books with Ann O'Dell. Brought up in the Midwest, both Dene Hellman and Ann O'Dell are Women of the Prairie at heart.
Dene Hellman has lived in North Carolina for three decades. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay, she has written and published in numerous genres, including a novel (The Ninety-Ninth Reunion), a memoir (The People Under the House), a book of short stories (A House for Her), and a book of contemporary comment (A Broken Hip Episode). She raised four daughters, which is prime experience for writing about women.
" I want my readers to have pleasure in the reading and relate to my stories. In the case of “The People Under the House,” where my husband’s life as a Holocaust survivor led to decades of his PTSD and consequent difficulties for his family, I have a message for people who are locked into tough relationships. "
See Dene's Interview in Winston-Salem Artist Journal.
Ann O'Dell is a National Psychic Advisor and Author. As an empathic consultant over 30 years, she counsels clients by way of two leading Psychic Phone lines, and at her Studio in Iowa. Her collection of rescued animals, gardens of giant Angel sculptures, and shared household with a husband of 21 years all happen on a tree tunneled lane in a tiny town.
Ann's Mystical Gardening book "Gardens of the Sisterhood" is published with Hayhouse. Her combined books of poetry with Dene Hellman, "Swirls On a Green Plate," and "An Explosion of Toads: A Celebration of Eccentricity" are Mom-Daughter time capsules filled with twists of humor, sarcasm, and tenderness.
From traveling across America in a Volkswagon hippy van, working in a packing house as a single mom, performing on stage as a musician/songwriter, and reading at the College Coffee House as a Tarot and Palm Reader, she knows no matter how beautiful or ugly our circumstances, all women want love, respect, and to be strong enough to handle a crisis.
Barnes and Noble Authors, Dene Hellman & Ann ODell, write compelling short stories on the many dimensions of Womanhood.
Family, Friendship, Abuse, Aging, Spiritual Animals, Alternative LifeStyles, and Midwest Women are the themes of the book.
Woven through serene landscapes of "Soliloquy" are twists of humor, sarcasm, original innocence turned to desperation and quiet resignation. An empowering choice shines through.
Family dynamics, the many dimensions of friendship, the traumas of the young, and the resignation of old age – all find voices in this anthology.
Resilience is the shared secret of the characters within "Soliloquy: Beyond Town Limits." How the women move onward may not always meet the approval of advice columnists; self-sabotage can be a learning tool, and tough times make exciting stories.