I have published three books — one nonfiction and two women’s fiction — in the last ten years. I have been working on the third book of The Divorce Trilogy, and I hope to publish it by the end of the year.
Living, Sleeping and Eating Band: My Memoirs of Marching Band is the story of one devoted “bandsy” who never gave up in her determination to stay in marching band despite having seniors yell at her because she was on the wrong foot. That incident made her even more determined to show those seniors that she could stay in step. Michele L. Mathews takes us through her beginnings in band from sixth grade to her senior year in high school. After graduation she just couldn’t forget about the excitement and frustration of being in marching band with the Marching Huskies, the Marching Wildkats, and the Marching Artesians. Mathews discusses how she managed to get back into marching band three years after she graduated from high school as a volunteer staff member, an experience she will never forget.
Published in September 2005
Teacher Elizabeth Hemingway couldn’t wait to marry the man of her dreams. Tyrone has a good job, a house in rural Indiana, and a huge extended family that Elizabeth doesn’t have. The young couple couldn’t have been any more in love. However, a few months into the marriage, things turn sour. Tyrone transforms into another man, a man Elizabeth doesn’t recognize.
Seven years later, Elizabeth can no longer deal with Tyrone and his abusive behavior. She makes the tough decision to file for divorce and returns with her two young children to her hometown. However, Elizabeth’s peaceful plans don’t go the way she intends. Tyrone decides he wants custody of their children. Will Elizabeth overcome the obstacles which could keep her from the custody of her two children? Can Elizabeth be strong for the sake of her children?
Published in June 2013
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Two years have passed since good friends, Elizabeth and Valerie, have had any contact. Now Elizabeth awaits the arrival of Valerie for a late summer visit. She hopes the two women will reconnect and be each other’s strength. For the seven years since their divorce, Elizabeth and her ex-husband, Tyrone, have coparented their two children. She received the custody arrangement she wanted, but he resented the judge’s decision. A custody battle began when Tyrone wanted sole custody of the children.
At the same time, Valerie has dealt with her own divorce and custody issues of her two children. Things haven’t gone the way she had hoped, and she struggles with dark moments in her life. After spending four days at Elizabeth’s house, Valerie heads to the ultimate goal of her long trip. The two friends pinky swear they will stay in touch and lean on each other no matter what happens. Will these two women keep their pinky swear? Will they break the promise and lose touch once again?
Published in April 2014