Life and death intersect as a young psychotherapist navigates the birth of her daughter juxtaposed with the decline of her mother, all the while counseling bereaved clients of all ages.

Interview on writing process for this book and the therapeutic use of writing for grief

“Living Waters: From Harvard Halls to Sacred Falls.” Parker Piper Press, 2019

Voted 2019 Notable Indie by Shelf Unbound.  

When April is suspended from Harvard University, she moves to a Northern California commune seeking clarity about her next step, but when she becomes friends with Andrea, a middle-aged psychotherapist dying of cancer, the direction of her life takes an unexpected turn. Interweaving themes of coming of age, spiritual soul-searching, sexual awakening, loss and grief, the paranormal, family, friendship, and forgiveness, this book will make you laugh and cry in turn. It’s been described as “cathartic and healing” and “like a great therapy session” by enthusiastic readers. Readers also say, “Reading it makes me feel like I’m at a spa.”

“Fury: Women’s Lived Experiences During the Trump Era.”  Edited by Amy Roost and Alissa Hirshfeld.  Pact Press: 2020

Donald Trump is an affront to the entire feminine ethos of caring. He is the ultimate self-aggrandizing, toxic male who will always act on his own behalf. This is his pathology, and by extension, he is a danger to public health, particularly the health of women.” Fury: Women’s Lived Experiences During the Trump Era “brings together a diverse community of women who reveal the impact of Donald Trump’s behavior, words, and presidency and how each is confronting the problem and fighting back. “Fury” is a cohesive narrative of the times we live in and chronicles a unique chapter in history for the edification of generations of women and allies to follow. Essay topics include: how the President is impacting minority women and families; racism; anti-Semitism; parenting; trauma and mental health; the impact on sexual abuse survivors; the president’s narcissism and sociopathy.

Fury Book reviews, reading, and interview:

Sonoma Independent

Foreword Reviews

Politics and Prose Book Reading, Washington, D. C., March 2020

Off Our Necks Podcast on Listen Notes

“(Her)oics: Women’s Lived Experiences During the Coronavirus Pandemic.”  Ed. Joanell Serra and Amy Roost. Pact Press: 2021 (Contributing author)

(Her)oics draws together the stories of 52 women across the US during the Covid-19 pandemic. The collection encompasses the perspectives of women who are: frontline responders and recovering patients; going out to work, staying home to work, and losing their jobs; living with multiple generations and living in isolation; women grieving loved ones and celebrating new love; women preparing to give birth and supporting the dying. 

Although differing based on location, age, race, and health, they share the unique capacity of women to bring their strength, ingenuity, and love — for others and for self — to an uncertain time. The anthology is inspired by both the risks of the pandemic inherent to women and their tremendous role in the country’s response.

Also available through Audible

Article on the Book Release for “(Her)oics

Depression and the Spiritual in Modern Art: Homage to Miró (Contributing Author)

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