A DYNAMIC DUO!!! Writers. Lesbians. Madelians.
Nancy and Becky grew up in Madelia, a Minnesota prairie town. They reconnected at an all-school reunion in 1990, fell in love in 1993, became partners in 1994, and married spouses in 2008.
For them retirement means INSPIREMENT! Their home in North Fort Myers, FL bursts with playfulness and creative projects.
Nancy has co-edited two ground-breaking books: Lesbian Nuns: Breaking Silence (1985, 2013 revised edition & eBook) and On My Honor: Lesbians Reflect on Their Scouting Experiences (1995, 2021 eBook).
Becky writes fiction. Her 2020 novel A Light on Altered Land was a finalist for a Goldie award from the Golden Crown Literary Society. The Santorini Setup, a suspense/romance set in Greece, was published in February. She’s now working on a sequel to A Light on Altered Land.
Nancy and Becky have written one book together— Living Consciously, Dying Gracefully: A Journey with Cancer and Beyond (2007, 2022 eBook). Their life-changing experience with their sister-in-law, Diane Manahan led them to become activists in the home-funeral/green burial movement.
In addition to editing each other’s writing, Nancy and Becky edit and publicize other writers’ works, focusing on lesbian books. Recently, they ventured into filmmaking with trailers to Becky’s books and a documentary about the Carefree Concert Band.
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Pictured: Nancy and Becky at work on the lanai of their Florida home
Photo by Sara Fleming