Good Luck and a Benevolent God

Contemporary Adult Fiction (300 pp) ISBN-978-0-9977220-8-6

An eccentric family, sex, religion, music. What else could you want?  Told with sensitivity and wit, this novel began as a series of linked short stories about the big questions in life and the surprising choices of ordinary people. 

 

The author says, "Some readers may be offended. Sorry, I tried to insult everyone equally."

It was her funeral, and Mandy Flanagan wanted all of them to be there —not just the family but her ex-husband, a diverse cast of old boyfriends, and that ‘special’ girlfriend of her niece. But who was that man taking photos of her in her coffin? And why is all that stuff in her yard?

She was just an Irish girl from Boston who eloped to New York City in 1924. But when her marriage failed, a chance encounter led to a career in radio and music and her life took an unconventional turn. As the mourners gather, they swap stories, share secrets and watch her last performance end in a puff of smoke.

 * Available in bookstores and libraries   

Going Up, New and Selected Poems
 by E. A. Appel

Poetry Chapbook            ISBN-9781680730104

"Her new collection of poems carry in them a stark honesty about relationships that familiar. They engage us without apology; we hear a voice asking to be heard and finally to be understood. And this is where Appel connects. She taps into that universal desire to seek out 'something of meaning' in our dented but fixable lives."

 -Amy Nawrocki, author of Four Blue Eggs and Reconnaissance

"Clear-eyed and bold, her poems reveal the mystery and yes, the tedium of everyday life. She writes about universal truths with grace and wit. I recognized myself, my life, and my family in her poems. I laughed, I cried Hurrah!" 

 -Pat Vidal, author of The Fair Faint Dream

 Coming in 2020 
 The Median

A contemporary thriller about a woman who disappears - on purpose.

 Coming in Summer 2019
 Plays  

Full-length and ten minute plays for easy download.  Comedy and drama for adult audiences.