UNDER THE HAYSTACK 1973
Published by Thomas Nelson
PROMISE OF MOONSTONE 1983
Published by Beaufort Books
WHEN LOVE IS NOT ENOUGH
CHRONICLES OF LAURAJO 2012
Published by Pat's Publishing
"To Ron Engebrecht, we celebrated our 60th wedding anniversary this year. He has always been the wind beneath my wings.
"Three. We lost our daughter to suicide in 1987 after ten long years of battling Borderline Personality Disorder. Our two sons are married, we have nine grandchildren."
Have you always wanted to be a writer?
"No. My husband was concerned about my education. We married young while he was working on an advanced degree. Signed me up for chemistry (his field). I declined. Signed up for a writer's course. After reading my first essay, the professor asked if I did anything else."
Were you discouraged?
"No, I was determined to 'show' him. I joined a writers' group, the leader sent a letter to her agent (McIntosh and Otis in New York) about the book I was writing. They agreed to represent me. Under The Haystack sold within a year, nominated for the Newbery Award, reviewed in the New York Times and by Kirkus.
Why did you stop writing?
The Barge Canal broke and washed our house away Oct. 29, 1974. I had no home. We designed and built a new home high above the canal. I watched the construction, became interested and found a lot and decided to become a builder. Formed L&L Developers, hired my two sons/daughter who were just getting out of college and became one of the few women in Rochester who owned her own construction firm, L&L Developers of Greater Rochester, Inc.
Why the flowers?
My first love was landscaping. Won the Landscape Award for the Rochester HomeArama Show in the mid '80's competing with the most successful landscape designers in the city. My most prized award.
Are you still building?
No. Retired in 2000 and resumed writing. A memoir of our family's journey with our daughter as she struggled with a then, unrecognized mental disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder titled, "WhenLove is Not Enough Chronicles of LauraJo," a book that won the Pinnacle Achievement Award for 2012, and has been selected as a text/reference book by Professor Rachel Jordan, St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York, for her Master's Program in Advanced Mental Health counseling.
Will you continue to write?
Yes, hopefully some lighter topics including some children's stories. I am experimenting with a blog: www.patsblogminnysmusings.com Right now my main goal is to master this *^%*# computer.