Books, California Department of Corrections, Female Offenders, fiction, Latinas, Strong Women, Women in Prison

Meet My Characters: Orange is Not the New Black

When people ask me "What's your novel about," I usually say it's a teenaged Orange is the New Black -the Netflix version, not the book- featuring a naive 17 year old mother who's an immigrant. I've been asked, by YA author Evelyne Holingue, to talk about the characters in my YA novel. Her novel, TRAPPED IN… Continue reading Meet My Characters: Orange is Not the New Black

Books, Female Offenders, Memoir, Netflix series, Orange is the New Black, Piper Kerman, Television shows on prison, Women in Prison, Writing

Orange is the New Black-Redux

facebook imageA couple of years ago a friend suggested I read the memoir, ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, when she found out my novel in progress (STRONG WOMEN GROW HERE) is about a young woman in prison. Aside from the clever title, I didn’t find much to pay attention to when I read the first few… Continue reading Orange is the New Black-Redux

Children of incarcerated, Female Offenders, Get on the Bus Program, Mother's Day, Parenting, Women in Prison

What I Learned in Prison: Women in Front & Behind Bars #9

correctionalnurse.netMother's Day is coming soon. The date makes me remember the young women in our facility. They became more anxious the closer Mother's Day came. Several of them had children and most would not see them on that day.                   Anger, depression, and isolation was usually the result… Continue reading What I Learned in Prison: Women in Front & Behind Bars #9

Faith, Family, Kids, Parenting, stay at home moms, Women in Prison, Working moms

What I Learned in Prison:Women in Front and Behind Bars #8

by spaceodissy via creative commonsJeannine, an escapee from corporate life, wrote a guest post for the blog "My Name is Not Bob." After the birth of her baby she suffered postpartum depression, returned to work, and dealt with the increasing demands of her job. A few years later and after upping her medication to levels the doctor balked… Continue reading What I Learned in Prison:Women in Front and Behind Bars #8