My Name Is AMANDA
This is the story of Amanda Fisher, or perhaps the story of Katherine Jamison. That is for the reader to decide as the story takes them through a twisting plot of identity confusion and crisis. Is she Amanda Fisher, the daughter of a small town physician on her way to a promising job in California, or Katherine Jamison, the wife of a respected surgeon in Philadelphia and the heir to a sizeable fortune.
The reader follows the young woman as she goes from the hospital to a short term mental health facility to an upscale suburban Philadelphia community in trying to determine the truth. On her way she opens some surprising doors.
About Joan Schmeichel (Traverse City, Michigan Author)
Joan (that's me) is the author of eight books, ages ranging from middle school to young adult. (Mature adults can read them too.) I began writing years ago but I set it aside to work at the University of Michigan. I started as a temporary employee on a reading research project where I wrote fiction and non-fiction for workbooks for grade levels 3-4, 5-6, 7-8. Later on I worked as a development officer in Annual Giving. Before the University, I did some freelance work writing copy for brochures, ads, etc. My degree was in sociology with an internship in psychiatric social work, neither of which I put to use.
Upon retirement I went back to writing. I confess I kept a letter from years ago because of this quotation: "Your writing style has an unstated simplicity which I find absolutely haunting." That was from Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. in response to a sparsely written manuscript I sent them. (Now you couldn't do that without an agent.) Unfortunately, what Knopf liked was never finished until recently. Now it's The Times of Laura Grey. As for my writing, I am committed to continuing the style of "unstated simplicity."
My husband Neill and I are both retired and living in Kewadin, Michigan. We have sixteen grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. I spend a lot of time, in addition to writing, playing golf and working on Kakura puzzles.