long overdue updates

I must apologize for my delinquency in not keeping all of you, my readers, up to date. There is a theory called time dilation. As a writer, I experience this each time I sit down at my computer.  I become so engrossed that days can pass, my plants can wilt,  winter can turn to summer – I think you get the point.

Anyway, I have lots of exciting things to share. Potatoes With Appeal is no longer my newest book. Eclectic in my writing, as in my other endeavors, my books are as varied as my interests. Secret Survivors, my latest book, is a middle grade chapter book. This is a gripping story about children  trapped and struggling to stay alive when a blizzard hits the mountains of Colorado. (Publication date will be March 10, 2020. )

I have been asked to write a third edition of Married Women Who Love Women. Now titled Married Women Who Love Women and More, because so much has changed in our world. (Publication date for this edition will be some time in May, 2020.)

I have also been asked to write a chapter on Menopause for a book titled The M-Word: Reclaiming the Menopause Conversation. (Publication date will be sometime in October, 2020.)

Also Woman’s World  just published my essay titled “Thrift Shop Angel”. (February 10, 2020.) This is a piece that has been lying in my drawer for years so never say never.

 

 

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Married Women Who Love Women: 2nd Edition

mwlw2edcovMarried Women Who Love Women, Second Edition

Hardcover published by Routledge (June 2008), ISBN: 9781560237907
Trade Paperback published by Routledge (June 2008), ISBN: 9781560237914

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In addition to updating the current chapters, there is a new introduction, a glossary, and the following additional chapters:
* The Single Lesbian Lover
* Redefined Marriages
* Labeling: Lesbian/Bisexual/Unsure?

The discovery of same-gender orientation can be made by any woman at any age. Fifty-nine percent of the women I interviewed (myself included) had no idea of our same-gender orientation until after we were married. Many women believe they are the only ones to ever have had these feelings and with no place to turn for information or comfort, the isolation and pain that accompanies this realization is often terrifying.

Women need to know about the existence of this book, Married Women Who Love Women. If you have any ideas on how to spread the word or if you have any connections with radio or television stations or newspapers or magazines where I might get the word across, please let me know.

I really do appreciate your help, as will all of the women who need to find this book.

When I originally wrote Married Women Who Love Women, I had focused primarily on the women who were in marriages—how they dealt with husbands and children, and how they coped with double lives. But there is another very important part of the picture that I had inadvertently left out: the single lovers of married women. If both women are in marriages, dealing with the other obligations and responsibilities that each encounters is a little easier. But if one is single, she must be a special kind of a woman to stand by the woman she loves knowing that often she may come in second to the MWLW’s family. I realized that I could not ignore them while trying to grapple with this complex issue from multiple perspectives, but by then it was too late to add that chapter. Still, I was surprised and pleased with the large response I got when I put out a call looking for these women to interview for the second edition. Thanks to their generosity, both in time and in the information they willingly shared, the second edition rectifies that omission with its chapter, “The Single Lovers of Married Women.”

I have gotten notes from husbands of MWLW asking how others deal with this phenomenon. If you would like to share your experiences, as with the women I speak to, I promise you complete anonymity. You can contact me at carren@erols.com

More information can be found here

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Married Women Who Love Women: First Edition

First Edition

First Edition

Married Women Who Love Women, First Edition

Hardcover, published by Doubleday (January 1998), ISBN: 0385488254
Trade Paperback, published by Alyson (April 2000), ISBN: 1555835554

Purchase This Book!

The discovery of same-gender orientation can be made by any woman at any age. Fifty-nine percent of the women I interviewed (myself included) had no idea of our same-gender orientation until after we were married. Many women believe they are the only ones to ever have had these feelings and with no place to turn for information or comfort, the isolation and pain that accompanies this realization is often terrifying.

Women need to know about the existence of this book, Married Women Who Love Women. If you have any ideas on how to spread the word or if you have any connections with radio or television stations or newspapers or magazines where I might get the word across, please let me know.

I really do appreciate your help, as will all of the women who need to find this book.

I have heard concerns by some in the bisexual community that Married Women Who Love Women has a lesbian slant. I’m sorry if anyone felt slighted. This was not my intent. It’s simply that when I put out the word that I was looking for married women who love women to interview, 75% of those who came forward identified themselves as lesbian, while only 21% identified themselves as bisexual. Four percent were unsure.

Since the publication of the first edition, more bisexual women have come forward to share their stories. They are better represented in the latest edition.

When I originally wrote Married Women Who Love Women, I had focused primarily on the women who were in marriages—how they dealt with husbands and children, and how they coped with double lives. But there is another very important part of the picture that I had inadvertently left out: the single lovers of married women. If both women are in marriages, dealing with the other obligations and responsibilities that each encounters is a little easier. But if one is single, she must be a special kind of a woman to stand by the woman she loves knowing that often she may come in second to the MWLW’s family. I realized that I could not ignore them while trying to grapple with this complex issue from multiple perspectives, but by then it was too late to add that chapter. Still, I was surprised and pleased with the large response I got when I put out a call looking for these women to interview for the second edition. Thanks to their generosity, both in time and in the information they willingly shared, the second edition rectifies that omission with its chapter, “The Single Lovers of Married Women.”

I have gotten notes from husbands of MWLW asking how others deal with this phenomenon. If you would like to share your experiences, as with the women I speak to, I promise you complete anonymity. You can contact me at carren@erols.com

For more information see the book page for MWLW.

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Potatoes With Appeal; 105 Mouth-Watering Recipes

Years ago I passed a farm stand and this sign “50 pounds of potatoes $3.00″ caught my eye. Not able to resist a bargain, I stopped. The stand was closing so the farmer threw in two extra bags and I came home with 150 pounds of potatoes. I had my kids going up and down the street giving potatoes out to everyone until they said, “No more. We have enough.” I made potato pancakes, puddings, soups, and didn’t make a dent in the mounds of potatoes on my counter tops. Word spread, people started sending me recipes, and my interest in the potato grew. My latest book, Potatoes With Appeal; 105 Mouth-Watering Recipes, is the result. in addition to the recipes it includes a brief history of the potato, its proper care and maintenance, and  cooking hints.

Potatoes With Appeal

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Essay Searching for a Heritage

This is the website where you can find my latest essay, “Searching for a Heritage”. I hope you enjoy it. It is in the May 26, 2017 edition of MothersAlwaysWrite.

http://mothersalwayswrite.com/?s=carren+strock

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“Searching for a Heritage”

Exciting news. One of my essays, “Searching for a Heritage” will be featured on Friday, May 26, 2017 in MAW (Mothers Always Write). www.mothersalwayswrite.com

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News 12 interview

I was interviewed by News 12 Brooklyn on May 14, 2017 for my latest book, Grandpa and Me and the Park in the City and wanted to share the video with you. You can find it at this link on Faceboook: https://www.facebook.com/carren.wagnerstrock/videos/vb.1136507318/10211628002432403/?type=2&theater

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