News & Events


On January 17, 2023, I hosted a Zoom conversation called Trauma, Reclamation, & Healing with my friend Katie Baptist, social worker, sex therapist, feminist, and fellow writer about what ails us, heals us, and defines us. Katie writes the Substack newsletter BEING SEEN and is working on a memoir. We talked about what we’ve learned through our work and took questions from the audience. It was an inspiring conversation about silencing, speaking up, shame, self-discovery, and so much more. Watch the recording here:

Inspired by a friend’s generous suggestion, I’m excited to announce our book donation campaign. Please consider purchasing a copy of The Man Behind the Curtain to donate to a place in your community where a new reader can discover it — a library, little free library, school, community center, nonprofit organization, etc.

Get in touch to let me know you’re interested, and I’ll mail you a bookplate sticker to include in your donated copy!

It’s exciting to think of this book continuing to find its way into the world and into new readers’ hands. Thank you!

My first guest spot on a podcast is up! Normal Lies “challenges beliefs you thought were true about you and your world”—making it a perfect fit for talking about The Man Behind the Curtain. “In this conversation, Valerie and Linda discuss how she walked alongside Jessica, using words to bring a light to an impossible story that will leave you angry, frustrated, uncomfortable as well as riveted and hopeful.” I hope you’ll check it out!

I was honored to write a guest blog post for New Shelves, gurus of the publishing industry, sharing takeaways from my first author event. There are tips in here not only for fellow writers but for fellow humans of all types!

Upcoming Author Events

I love connecting with readers and hope to see you soon!
Questions? Want to connect beforehand? Get in touch!

Stay tuned

Check back for upcoming dates and details!

Past Events

It’s been a powerful and often emotional experience discussing The Man Behind the Curtain with readers and hearing about their own stories. For these events, I’ve read excerpts from the book, talked a bit about our creative process and the work’s themes, taken questions from attendees, and sold and signed books. I’m grateful to these welcoming hosts and thoughtful attendees.

If you’d like to chat about setting up a similar event, please reach out!

Lift Bridge Book Shop, Brockport, NY
June 9, 2022

Parma Public Library, Hilton, NY
July 12, 2022

Writers & Books, Rochester, NY
October 22, 2022

Pittsford Community Library, Pittsford, NY
November 20, 2022

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