Best Seller “Joy Interrupted”

A few of my paintings featured in 2013 Amazon best seller book

Got my signed copy of “Joy, Interrupted” today from Fat Daddy Farm Publishing , Thank You Melissa Miles McCarter , if anyone would like a copy or signed copy here is the link.









Joy can be interrupted – but not lost. Most people think of motherhood as a joyous experience, but for some it can be an experience of interrupted joy. This anthology delves into the subject of motherhood and loss from different perspectives of authors and artists from all over the world.

The book is uniquely structured around the five stages of grief, mirroring the grief journey many go through. Editor and publisher Melissa Miles McCarter conceived of the anthology six years after her daughter died of SIDS and then struggling with secondary infertility after an ectopic pregnancy. The anthology focuses on mothers and their children who face loss in all forms, losses which can “interrupt the narratives of our lives.”

Some of these universal themes addressed include: coping with the death of a child; relationships between mother and child (including adoption and estrangement): caring for disabled children: and having to mother one’s own mother because of an illness.

This anthology includes Short Stories, Poetry, Art Work, Essays, Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction and more. Contributors explore such topics as Adoption, Death, Infertility, Disabilities, Illness, and Estrangement. Various themes addressed include Coming of Age, Identity, Recovery, Connections, and Forgiveness.



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  1. Congrats! They look great.

  2. Thank You Maedez ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Yes, congratulations!

  4. That’s awesome! And they look wonderful! ๐Ÿ™‚ Congratulations, Mark.

  5. Thank You Drunken Cyclist

  6. Thank You so much Mchelsmusings

  7. You’re welcome, Mark.

  8. hi Mark….just wanted to visit a bit to thank you for liking some of my poems lately, especially our brave Linda. it was a difficult poem to write and most likely a difficult read as well, so i really do appreciate you sticking through to the end. thank you very much.

  9. Mark, your work complements this book beautifully. The work speaks to me as a mother who lost her second child to miscarriage. There are so many losses women go through that are simply unacknowledged. I want to get a copy! Congratulations, and thank you for this powerful example of collaboration in the arts. This presents so much for potential for reflection and healing. Gorgeous.

  10. Thank You so very much Angela, it really is a great book and I hope you do get a copy and it gives you some sort of healing, best wishes

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