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?  Fans of Elizabeth Strout (Olive Kittridge) and Elizabeth Gilbert (City of Girls) will enjoy this portrait of Mandy Flanagan.

She was a feisty Irish girl from Boston who eloped to New York City in 1924. Told with wit and affection, her life is an unconventional historical drama with stories about her lucky encounters with the diverse cast of friends she enjoyed, big questions, controversy, music and the surprising choices of ordinary people.


"Appel writes in the natural prose of a raconteur, rising occasionally to the level of lyricism."  Kirkus Reviews

And when she died, Mandy 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 the man taking photos of her in her coffin? And why is all that stuff in her yard?


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

 The Median

A contemporary thriller about a woman who disappears.


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