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WELCOME! I can’t believe it’s been three years since the release of Falling with Wings, the memoir I co-wrote with Dianna De La Garza! Sometimes it seems like a lifetime ago, especially after this l-o-n-g COVID-quarantine. I took a break from writing this past year and dove into art lessons instead, learning to master some basic sketching and acrylic painting skills via Zoom with the amazing Nina Ayin Reimer, who did the medical illustrations for the book Our Bodies, Ourselves back in the 70s and who also is a writer. We met several years ago at a conference. Although I enjoy delving into other artistic mediums, I can confidently say I’m way better at writing then I’ll ever be at drawing or painting. Thankfully, there’s no rule that says we have to be experts when we try new things, so I continue my classes just for the pleasure they give me.

Late last fall, Hilton Head Monthly magazine asked me to do an article about a neighbor of mine, Suzanne Giesemann, an evidential medium and spiritual teacher. It was so much fun and the experience reminded me why I always loved writing articles back in Pennsylvania. Since then, I’ve done several more articles for the magazine and hope to continue. It’s such a fun way too get better connected to our local community and a great way to meet interesting people.

I’ve also started working on this novel that has been in my head for way too long. Novels are so different from most of the writing I’ve done over the years. Needless to say, it hasn’t been as easy as I’d hoped it would be. I’ve re-written the first chapter at least a dozen times already, but I’m determined to see this project through, even if it takes me years, which I’m guessing it will. Sometimes, it’s as much about the journey as the end result. Stay tuned and I’ll try to give you updates along the way. In the meantime, I hope to resume my blogs and book reviews and when normal life resumes, I might even schedule a workshop or two.

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Falling with Wings is still available for purchase, so if you haven’t read it yet, please order a copy today! Here are a few of the press releases from when it first was published:  People Magazine  , Newsweek.com and Publishers Weekly.

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Dockside at my new home in South Carolina

I can’t say enough about Vickie McIntyre. She is not just a naturally gifted writer, but also a beautifully curious and introspective human being, which is reflected perfectly in her work. I’ve had the unique pleasure of working with hundreds of writers through my 30-plus year career, and Vickie always brought a fresh writing style and unique voice to her work. She’s a compassionate collaborator who is always willing to go the extra mile to find the key narrative thread — that little extra something that is the difference between a good piece — and a great piece! Hire her and don’t look back!  www.erikaisler.com 

 

Erika Isler, former editor of State College Magazine

I couldn’t have chosen a better Co-Writer for my book Falling with Wings than Vickie McIntyre. She made me reach down into my very soul as an author to make me relive things that I needed to relive to make my story one that would touch people’s hearts. That’s a true talent of hers. I can’t imagine what my book would have been without her! (Follow Dianna on Twitter @DiannaDeLaGarza)

Dianna De La Garza