Who I Am

Hi. My name is Gail McConnon, and I am a writer.

I write to discover what is, and to give my imagination room to play.

I write to take control of the stories others tell in trying to define me.

I write to remember, to heal, and to let go.

I write because I have things to say - things I must say - before it’s too late.

I write to grieve what's been lost, and to make sense of the aches and uncertainties that line the path ahead.

I write to connect with those who matter most.

At the heart of it all, I write to touch the face of eternity.

Over the years I have done many things. Most demanded that my focus be clear, and that my more creative side stay securely out of the way.

With my new book, Stories From The Cosmic Grill: It's Fiction For The Unconscious Mind, I opened myself to the fun of climbing to the top of my mental monkey bars and examining this thing we call “life” from a much larger perspective.

Hardly an expert on the science of the inner universe, I am a reformed corporate/insurance/health care/environmental consultant and technical writer - with far too many degrees for my own good - who is rediscovering the fun of exploring and playing in my long-repressed imagination.

I am also a certified hypnotherapist and life coach. For several years I coached, wrote, and blogged about all things aging.  As much as I loved that work, however, I eventually had to admit that most of us don’t view aging as something worthy of celebration. Many of us, in fact, have big scary stories running through our minds that tell us to fight the second half of life because it’s out to get us. These aren’t good stories with good endings. Yet we keep feeding them as if they will treat us any better if they are fat and happy.

And that’s how I ended up where I am now. I didn’t walk away from the work of aging. I simply moved it into a bigger sandbox, where I am free to write about all the many stories we women use to define our realities after we’ve crossed life’s half-way point - whatever may be going on in our lives.

Lucky for me, I live in the perfect place for imagination and story to take flight. Granville, Ohio, is a combination of Mayberry, RFD and Camelot. It’s a village, with three coffee shops, a dog park, and a university. Not a great deal goes on here that isn’t intellectually stimulating and at least somewhat caffeinated.

On a smaller scale, I live with two cats in a cottage that is over 100 years old. It may get a little drafty, but it is filled with the stuff that makes life and writing worthwhile.

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