My Next Book…

My next book features a teenager named Addie Queen. Addie is struggling – her dad is in jail for a white-collar crime, her boyfriend is acting weird, her mom is stressed out, everyone at youth group seems to be fake and her few times of peace are while practicing her violin or with her little…

A Very Special Interview…

I often get asked what my family members thought about my memoir Float On. I wrote of some pretty personal family experiences in it that many people wouldn’t share, especially with strangers. For me it was important to tell the truth and be open about experiences that I had been through that I had hidden…

On Surviving an Election Season (or Life)

The Midterms are over, hallelujah! No matter what political beliefs you hold, I think we surely all must feel glad they are over. I’ve been thinking about how I’ve weathered this season and it turns out that surviving the election season is the same as surviving any time of life that we have limited control…

Have you wondered too?

I received these questions recently in my inbox from one of my online writing students. Molly, do you believe writing your memoir freed you from your past ? Did you solve your past before you wrote and use the writing to simply excise the residual pain or did writing take your pain and make sense…

A Letter I’ll Never Send

Dear Dad, I don’t remember ever writing¬†to you when you were alive, not even when thousands of miles separated us. We didn’t have that kind of father-daughter ease of communication and that’s ok. I’ve made my peace with the fact that both of us were doing the best we could. The truth is, writing this…

Books are a few of my favorite things…

I’ve started a new writing project. I often catch myself talking about it and saying that it’s hard, which it is. But it’s also awesome. Chipping away with my words and thoughts, not being certain exactly where I’m headed but going anyway – it’s the backbone of my creative life. And reading other people’s books…

And the winner is…

Congratulations to Stephanie Netzer! Her essay “Mary” won the Sandra Moran Writing Scholarship. I’ve had the pleasure of having Stephanie in class in person. I admire her willingness to go deeper with her stories and the courage she shows in being open to looking at her life. Her commitment to telling the truth will be…

The back-to-school rituals

I’ve been thinking about routines lately, especially as summer is winding down and I’m anticipating my daughters returning to high school. My oldest will be a senior! (little Emma will graduate soon!) The routines have changed a lot since they were little. Thankfully there are no more diapers but I often spend most of my…

How do we remember?

I’ve been thinking about memory a lot lately. Like, why do we remember some things and not others? I can recite how one of my customers took his coffee twenty years ago but fail to recall that we are out of dog food as I’m driving by the store. And why do the painful occasions…

A return to Topeka

I don’t remember who first noticed the nests – two of them, huge and a couple of stories above our heads. These were no nests that you sometimes see on the sidewalk fallen from the trees of my east Lawrence neighborhood; these reminded me of the ones I’ve seen from a distance on my paddle…