Join us Sunday, March 15th as Karen Ingalls signs copies of her book, Novy's Son.
The book, Novy’s Son, The Selfish Genius, is about a son seeking love and acceptance from his father. This is a common problem in our society because too many fathers did not learn how to pass the “iron john” on from their fathers to their sons. Robert Bly wrote a book titled Iron John in the 1980’s, which is about this myth and tradition. I worked as a nurse counselor for over 20 years and found this to be the underlying issue for many men, who were behaving inappropriately (drinking, abuse, multiple marriages or relationships, lying, gambling, overly sexual drive, etc). I have compiled some of those cases into one character, Matthew, whose life the reader follows from childhood through adulthood. The ending of the book will leave the reader deciding whether or not Matthew did receive and give unconditional love. Did he learn the principle of iron john?
Karen Ingalls is a retired holistic nurse therapist, and author of two books and several journal and magazine articles. She is a member of RaveReviewsBookClub, PNP Authors’ Promotions, Women & Girls’ Cancer Alliance, Southern Writers, NurseUp, Women for Hospice, and Nurse Authors. Her first article co-authored with another nurse, “The Living Tree of Nursing Theory” has been recognized and accepted as part of the curriculum for several schools of nursing. Her first published book, Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir, won first place in “women’s health” category for the Indie Excellence Book Award. “I have always enjoyed writing poetry, short stories, and novels,” she says, “but it has only been in the more recent years that I sought publication.”
Over the 30 years, Ms. Ingalls has done many presentations on holistic medicine, stress management, health/wellness, and ovarian cancer. She has given talks to Mayo Clinic, Cornerstone Hospice, bookstores and libraries, church groups, and book clubs.
She writes a weekly blog about health/wellness, relationships, spirituality, and cancer at www.outshineovariancancer.blogspot.com. It is a blog for men and women encouraging each of us to see the beauty in each life; to seek answers to some of life’s mysteries; and to outshine whatever challenge one might be facing.
It is my hope that each of my writings brings joy, information, and inspiration to the reader while sharing about a social, ethical, or medical problem. My next novel about love, fame, and tragedy will be released sometime next fall.