Success at the Rohnert Park Holiday Arts and Crafts Faire

15178270_1803026253316668_5877996048614554706_nI met many fine people and sold books, too, at the Rohnert Park Holiday Arts and Crafts Faire on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday this year.

Thanks to all the folks who stopped by the table, as well as to authors Dorothy Rice, Skye Blaine, S.C. Alban and Bob Winters who took shifts sharing the table with me.

If you’re an author, consider testing the arts and crafts faire waters. I plan to do more events like this next year.

Reversible Skirt goes to college

FullSizeRenderUniversity of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, just ordered 27 copies of Reversible Skirt to use in an upcoming English class. 

Laura McHale Holland, author of the award-winning memoir (and owner of Wordforest) and her granddaughter, Ava, are over the moon. Well, OK, Laura's a bit more taken with this development than Ava is, but give the tyke time. She might run her own publishing enterprise someday.

Welcome to Wordforest

Wordforest published Reversible Skirt, a memoir by Laura McHale Holland, in 2011. The book is available in paperback and ebook versions.

Reversible Skirt recounts the gut wrenching decade after a young mother's suicide, as seen through the eyes of her youngest daughter, Laura. It also reveals a discovery that led to forgiveness and healing.

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Here are just a few of outstanding reviews the book has already received:

Reversible Skirt is a thoroughly heartrending read. In her moving new memoir, author Laura McHale Holland takes the reader through the deepest recesses of grief, sorrow, and abuse – all from the fragile perspective of an innocent, unsuspecting child. What ultimately proves most impressive about Holland’s spiritual sojourn is that – despite the unchecked chaos of her upbringing – she perseveres through it all with an unbreakable, sweet spirit. Such unflappable strength is highly commendable – not to mention rare – and your appreciation of Holland’s genuine loving warmth is sure to grow by leaps and bounds with the turning of each fresh page. A highly recommended tale of learning to overcome the worst that life has to offer. – Karynda Lewis, Apex Reviews


Expertly written, a poignant and honest story of Laura, a young girl who manages to keep afloat in a world flooded with loss and abuse. Surrounded by lies and deceit, Laura's underlying strength acts like a lighthouse guiding her through a tumultuous childhood. Interspersed with sweet events that captivate and give us hope. A reminder of the resiliency of the human spirit. – Ann E. Philipp, Author


If it weren't for work and sleep, I probably would not have put Reversible Skirt down at all. What a poignant picture Ms. Holland paints with words! I caught myself thinking over and over, how skilled she is at narrating, relevant to the age she is in the story. One example is the remark of a 5 or 6-year-old Laura, regarding grass seed sprouting, "…it looked like the hair on Grampa's head." I noticed this throughout the book, and it was truly masterful! This was especially remarkable in the beginning of the book, when she was only 2 or 3. 

I felt that this book was incredibly genuine and without guile, considering the abuse described. Ms. Holland brilliantly portrays the complexity of her abusive step-mom, with complete frankness and a surprising measure of mercy. While some of the characters are quite heroic and others more flawed, all are believably human. I loved the triumphs, including the Christmas dinner, which the sisters prepared themselves and the tropical mural, which the family painted on the dining room wall. I cried when her father died, and again, when I read the awful hair washing scene in the basement. Many times I teared up at the caustic remarks the three sisters routinely endured. The multiple emotional flinches throughout the book are made bearable by the less frequent, but heart-warming victories. 

I am certain that this memoir will be catharthic for those who have walked a similar path, and inspirational for those who simply have big hearts. Reversible Skirt is truly a story of victory! – Teresa Hummel, Amazon Reviewer


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