Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

"Visions of a Dream" to be released this Spring

My novella Truth be Told is about recovery told completely through symbolism and the eyes of the injured, in the hope that other recovering people could be helped by knowing they're not alone - though Visions of a Dream is a full novel of pure passion and story. Can't wait till it comes out in the Spring.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Truth be Told

 If only more people, including the medical world, knew how healing writing is for brain injury - which is the whole message of my novella, told symbolically. I paid more attention to that message than I did the fictional aspect of the story I embedded it in because I felt that it was so important. My goal is for writing to be part of the organized therapy for brain injury.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Clash of the Titles: Truth be Told video
Truth be Told is the story of an insightful knight who helps a Lady save herself with the help of her true love, Jesus.Buy on Amazon

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Book Reviews by Tima: Justine Johnston Hemmestad

Book Reviews by Tima: Justine Johnston Hemmestad: by Justine Johnston Hemmestad In 1990 my car was broadsided by a speeding city bus as I turned out of a parking lot - I was in a ...

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

TBI Hope Magazine

I loved contributing to this magazine
TBI Hope & Inspiration
We've just published the June 2016 Issue of TBI HOPE Magazine!
Many of the articles in this month's issue speak of the importance of Support Groups as an important part of ongoing TBI recovery. We are pleased as well to welcome several first-time contributors to our family of contributing writers.
Download the June Issue Here>>>
Don't miss,"What People Don't Understand," by contributing writer Janice Tindle. This is perhaps one of the best pieces that we've ever published about what it's really like to live daily with a traumatic brain injury.
~David & Sarah

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Monday, May 16, 2016

TBI Hope and Inspiration May 2016

In this special Chicken Soup for the Soul issue of TBI Hope and Inspiration magazine, my story Writing is on pg. 35, accompanying many other wonderful Chicken Soup for the Soul essayists.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Book signing

Iowa book signing and author's talk on June 16th, at 12:15 and 6:00 PM. At Gowrie Library, Gowrie, Iowa. There will be a limited number of books available to purchase or bring yours to be signed!

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Truth be Told symbolism

"Truth be Told," is symbolically my own story of recovery from TBI, told in a different era through fictional characters. The Lady is the part of myself that was lost to myself, the knight is the part of myself that struggled with PTSD, the old man is my prayer/faith/and love that continually challenged me, and Jesus symbolizes my purpose - my vocation - which for me is writing. I think this novella could be so familiar and of help to someone else recovering from a TBI. My novella can be purchased at

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Personal story and books

My writing story amidst disability is on my Amazon page at

Monday, March 28, 2016

Truth be Told summary

Truth be Told is the story of an 11th Century knight who helps a Lady realize who she truly is, how capable she is, and how much she's needed. The story itself mirrors Justine's 1990 car accident as well as the deepest part of her brain injury and recovery (The lead characters symbolize different aspects of herself and the stages of her recovery). As Virginia Woolf said, "The normal and comfortable state of being is that when the two [sides of the brain] live in harmony together, spiritually co-operating. If one is a man, still the woman part of his brain must have effect... Coleridge perhaps meant this when he said that a great mind is androgynous." The format of writing about recovery in more than one person also came to the author from Aristophanes' speech in Plato's Symposium, as well as a theory that Emily Bronte (Wuthering Heights) may have not only modeled Catherine on herself, but Heathcliff as well.