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The Trouble with the Truth by Edna  Robinson




The Trouble with the Truth



by Edna Robinson





Giveaway ends August 04, 2015.



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New e-book: Material for Character Actors -- all ages and races; click "Monologues" (above) for more information.

For a review of Plan Z by Leslie Kove at a site that offers free books, click here.

If you liked Darleen Dances, read the book it blossomed into.
"One of the funniest books I have read in a long time. ... a fabulous read."
—Sixth Sense radio show, KKNW, Seattle

Girl Stories & Game Plays an anthology of stories and plays
click here to learn more
"Diverse, lively, often hilarious"
—Chronogram magazine







Biography


Betsy Robinson was raised an atheist and went on to make her living as a writer and editor of spiritual subject matter: as managing editor of Spirituality & Health magazine for six and a half years and as an editor of spiritual psychology and books about shamans and traditional healers. She attended a four-year healing school (energy medicine) and has been a columnist for UPI’s Religion & Spirituality Forum, but she still isn’t sure what she believes. … And that’s okay. While she’s figuring it out, she writes stories.

Her first novel, Plan Z by Leslie Kove, was published by Mid-List Press in 2001 as winner of their First Novel Award Series. Her second novel, Cats on a Pole, is circulating to publishers. Her third novel, The Last Will & Testament of Zelda McFigg won Black Lawrence Press's 2013 Big Moose Prize and was published in September 2014. And just launched is her edit of her late mother, Edna Robinson's, novel, The Trouble with the Truth.

Here's what mother and daughter would look like if Edna were alive to celebrate. Betsy and Edna Robinson were awarded a 1987/​88 Writers Guild East fellowship to write two movies, The Love Convention and Ms. Manhattan (both unproduced).

For over a decade Betsy was an actor (Return of the Secaucus Seven; Lianna; and assorted fools, clowns, and sexy wenches all over Off-off Broadway). She is also a playwright, and her scripts have been produced at the Eugene O'Neill Playwrights Conference, Theatre in the Works (Amherst, MA), in Los Angeles, Off-off Broadway, on cable TV, and in Iowa where she won first prize in the Dubuque Fine Arts 1-Act Contest.

A Bennington College and National Theater Institute graduate, Betsy is a member of the Ensemble Studio Theatre where she's had many workshop productions and performed her one-woman 1-act, Darleen Dances (excerpt published in Moving Parts, Viking Penguin 1992, complete play published in Girl Stories & Game Plays).

Other published fiction: "The Shanglers," New Plays by Women; “The Last Available Burial Ground on Manhattan Island,” At Rise magazine; "Pose Please," Silo magazine (1993); “May 4, 1970,” Viet Nam War Generation Journal (Dec. 2002) and included in Girl Stories & Game Plays (see links, right); “Jakey, Get Out of the Buggy,” Chronogram (Feb. 2003) and included in Girl Stories & Game Plays (see links, right), "The Hearing," Epiphany (spring 2005) and included in Monologues, Sketches, Scenes, Short Plays e-book (see "Monologues" page on toolbar, above).

Articles: Rewire Me, BN.com/​blog, FundsforWriters.com, FiftyIsTheNewFifty.com, The Mantle, Trop magazine, Spirituality & Health, Parabola, New Renaissance, Guideposts, Conscious Choice, Houseplant Magazine, Indoor & Patio Gardening, GreenPrints, The American Gardener, Cat Fancy, Dog Fancy, and DogGone. Columnist for UPI's Religion & Spirituality Forum.

Betsy has had an eclectic career. She served as an editor and promotional consultant to the Ringing Rocks Foundation on their Profiles of Healing book/​digital recording series; she was a publishing associate at Parabola (magazine and books); and she is currently freelancing as a writer/​editor/​book doctor (see Editing Services), and has had many other jobs ... other lives ... in no particular order:

apprentice film editor and projectionist; tutor; art bookstore clerk & picture framer; label typist; reader for the blind; notary public; artist's model for one naked year; paralegal at a record company; traveling houseplant caretaker; janitor; legal secretary; messenger; chambermaid at a Holiday Inn in Lake Placid, NY (don't ever stay there!); advertising, PR, and TV comedy (a show about ducks) writer; dogwalker; Family Court and Transit Authority transcriptionist; fortune cookie writer for Goldberg's Funny Fortune Cookies; hostess at the International House of Pancakes. ... Phew




Current Areas of Interest, Passion, and Enthusiastic Curiosity

(For more on some of these things, go to Betsy's Blog on top tool bar.)

I don't even know how the Historical Novel Society got a copy of this book. But I found this lovely review of my mother's book (edited/​doctored by moi) in a Google search. Yay, Brits! Yay, Historical Novel Society.org.

A wonderful review site, The Review Broads, which happened to give my book, Conversations with Mom, a five-star review. Yay.

Check out my author Facebook page.

And here's an interview about Conversations with Mom on Michigan Public Radio, and I think it's pretty good. The program is "Open Mind with Cecilia Skidmore".

For an instant swoon, listen to Adam Lambert singing "Come to Me, Bend to Me" from Brigadoon. It's on the blog page.

And for weekly rejuvenation, I listen (and have been doing so for years) to Jonathan Schwartz's brilliant Saturday and Sunday music shows featuring an eclectic mix, loosely entitled "The American Songbook." Check your local NPR stations for times or listen online at The Jonathan Channel.

I also recommend jumping on a trampoline. It'll goose your lymphatic system and lift your mood. For a demo, click "The Trampoline Dance" video:



Selected Works

novel
Big Moose Prize-winning novel
a funny, sometimes sad, story of negotiating life without a clue

an epistolary memoir ... sort of
A funny and moving little book for anyone who's had a mother or struggled with being human.
anthology of stories and plays
includes Darleen Dances and stories below

play
1-act play

short stories
what we all do ... don't we?
the problem with worrying about the future

true story
Why I don't believe in death.

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