Places I've Had Car Trouble (book in progress)
After releasing Yoga Mama's Buddha Sandals: Mayans, Zapatistas and Silly Little White Girls, everyone started asking, "When are you going to write more about the stuff that happened in chapter 2??" It's in progress. And it'll be the most unusual travelogue through America you'll ever read. Talk about cheap travel! I was homeless more or less at 15. No one is more surprised than me that I lived to write these stories down. This book is an exploration of incredible places across the U.S. as well as an often humorous story about survival, adventure, and divine intervention.
Could your car breaking down be one of the best things that ever happened to you? You're never going to believe how many times I've been in cars that broke down and in some of the coolest places with the strangest circumstances. Brakes have failed, tires popped off while driving down the road, engines stalled and/or blew up--I've actually been in three cars that caught on fire, one of which burned to the ground, stranding me in the boondocks of Moscow, Tennessee, where locals swap stories of being attacked by swamp monkeys. All the stories are true. I've got witnesses. Sometimes very angry or annoyed witnesses.
I'm also lucky that many of these events coincided with a trip to somewhere extraordinary. From rebuilding my carburetor on a picnic table next to Billy the Kid's grave site in Ft. Sumner, New Mexico, to Volkswagen Beetles catching on fire and burning to the ground in the swamp monkey-infested backwoods of Moscow, Tennessee, you're just never gonna believe what happens. Oh, and I had a gun. So, girl with gun. Look for excerpts to start appearing periodically in my blog Spring 2018. Psst! This book is also for other kids out there who might be homeless or hopeless. I want to share tips on how you can get it together and pursue the life you used to dream about. This one won't be out for a year, but my other book has some info too and you can get it from the library. Just ask them to order it. They'll do it for free. Fill out a form and it'll be on the way. I don't have all the answers but maybe I have some that will work for you.
New Mexico Magazine Only in New Mexico
"The first time I visited Chaco Canyon, I was trespassing. Hidden under a smudge of thick black eyeliner, I looked like a girl out for trouble, not a hike around 900-year-old Native American ruins. At the time, I had only recently transitioned from the role of adrift, troubled teen to that of first-generation college student on the dean’s list...the good one."