Royalties!!!

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I have to laugh.  Granted, my book has been out less than a month, so this isn’t surprising, but I just got a notice from Amazon that my first royalty check is in the mail.  $1.45.  Hey, a buck’s a buck, right?  That’s a pound of coffee at the 99 cent store.  

Seriously, folks, this whole business of writing isn’t nearly as easy as it sounds.  I’ve ditched the first two starts to my next book and have decided to go in an entirely different direction.  The year is still 1965, but I’m going to start Keno and Grace out in Santa Barbara, a place where I spent 1965 myself.  I can write about the hippie culture, because I lived it.  Or at least, some of it.

 Mom was out driving truck with the fellow she thought she married (turned out he was already married, but that’s a different story), so I was living with my sister at the time.  We had a ground-floor apartment on Modoc.  I don’t think our lights had been turned on yet, so the lady from upstairs would wait until her husband left for work (he didn’t approve of us) and lower an extension cord down to us.  No curtains either, so we painted the windows with the paint from a paint-by-number kit.  We lived by Daddy’s mantra that “there’s always room for one more,” so we would sometimes have six or eight or ten people sleeping on the floor because they had nowhere else to go.  The sixties were a wild time, and I’m looking forward to writing about it.  Stay tuned, folks!  The next book is coming!

The back of the books

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What follows are the blurbs from the backs of all my books, complete with publication dates and the name they were written under. I believe all are available through Amazon.com, though 37 to One may not be. The publisher in Vermont had a flood and the copies were destroyed. But maybe if they get enough requests, they’ll do a reprint. Fingers crossed! As you can see, there was a stretch between my MPD books and my fiction books. Doesn’t mean I wasn’t writing! I was actually putting together little booklets for family and friends myself. But here are the “real” books, in descending order of publication:

 

BECOMING GRACE
© 2014 (Phoenix Hocking)

The year is 1960. Unmarried, pregnant girls only have one choice: to be sent to a maternity home to have the baby, and give it up for adoption. Such is the case for thirteen-year-old Minerva Henderson. Forced by the nuns to change her name to Grace, life at St. Margaret’s Maternity Home is unbearable. But when Grace runs away, hitching a ride with two young boys, has she jumped from the frying pan into the fire?

 

KENO DEANE AND THE TROUBLE WITH TEENSIE
© 2014 (Phoenix Hocking)

Keno Deane’s new neighbor, Teensie Henderson, is in big, big trouble. Keno is sworn to secrecy, but soon discovers that a secret can tear apart your whole world, especially when you’re just twelve years old. The year is 1959, a time when a promise made was a promise kept. But will keeping Teensie’s secret destroy an entire family?

 

37 TO ONE – LIVING AS AN INTEGRATED MULTIPLE
© 1996 (Phoenix J. Hocking)

This remarkable book is a gift of hope and inspiration to both patients and therapists who are working toward resolution of Multiple Personality Disorder. Here, at last, is a first-person account of the full and final integration of a 37-personality system into one identity in possession of itself. We learn from Phoenix Hocking what integration is and is not, and, most importantly, that there is no real loss and nothing to fear in this process. Hocking writes about balance as well as integration, insight as well as peace, consistency as well as discovery, about a different level of self-knowledge.

“Phoenix Hocking’s integration of her multiple personalities has stood the test of time, and proves that integration is possible, achievable, desirable and stable.”
Eileen Grellert, PsyD

 

SOMEONE I KNOW HAS MULTIPLE PERSONALTIESA BOOK FOR SIGNIFICANT OTHERS – FAMILY, FRIENDS AND CARING PROFESSIONALS

© 1994 (Sandra J. Hocking)

Adult Survivors of extreme childhood abuse often struggle with dissociative conditions, including multiple personalities or identities. Although the ability to dissociate is life-saving and allows individuals to self-protect, it can also interfere in the establishment of intimate relationships. Individuals with multiplicity may lose time, forget important events, or be emotionally unable to cope with certain situations which inadvertently trigger painful memories.
Spouses, partners, friends, and family members may feel pressured to do or say the right thing, making tireless efforts to be supportive. And yet, without a clear understanding of multiplicity, friends and family may feel under stress or confused. This book provides practical suggestions for understanding and relating to people you love who have dissociative disorders or multiplicity. Helping professionals may also find thoughtful ideas useful in the therapy process.

 

LIVING WITH YOUR SELVES
A SURVIVAL MANUAL FOR PEOPLE WITH MULTIPLE PERSONALITIES
© 1992 (Sandra J. Hocking and Company)

“Living With Your Selves is the first self-help manual for MPD. The fact that it is written by someone with MPD is evident throughout, in that this is an insiders view, and written from the heart. At the same time, the manual is balanced and sensible, and reviews the diagnosis and treatment of MPD accurately and in detail. Few mental health professionals currently in training will emerge from their studies with this comprehensive an understanding of MPD.”
Colin A. Ross, M.D.
Director, Dissociate Disorders Unit,
Charter Hospital, Dallas