Here’s my “official” bio blurb for anyone who wants a
“Merry Brennan is an award-winning journalist, communications consultant, adjunct writing professor and author of the biographical novel, Peace Pilgrim: walking her talk against hate. She’s finishing a teen/’tween realistic fiction, Mystery Scars. The Jersey Shore resident is mom to three terrific children and an old lab, Scout, who breaks into the refrigerator when no one’s looking. Connect with her at www.merrymorphosis.com, where she blogs about writing and living in peace.”
If you want additional details, feel free to read my Professional Profile. But if you’d like more of a personal peek, here goes:
It’s funny having a name like “Merry” because sometimes I’m not – even when I always am. And it’s the not times that finally made me an author.
You see, when I was six, I imagined a grown-up life writing books for children and teens. I made up tons of stories and won several kid-type creative awards. Before I was out of high school I even had my first sale to Highlights.
But then my journey led down other paths. I can “blame” it on a lot of things. On getting married, on battling infertility, on getting unmarried. On leaving for South America with a backpack. On coming home and getting married again. On finally having babies. On needing to make money, on helping aging parents, on being too busy. Really, though, it was fear. I just didn’t have the courage to follow my dreams.
Oh, I never stopped writing. My articles appeared in dozens of publications and my eco-column, Earthways, was reprinted internationally. Plus, my digital Earthways Art has been featured in several galleries and calendars. Over the years, I’ve been fortunate to work as a communications consultant, adjunct college professor and outdoor naturalist. I also had the honor of serving as an elected official in my small town of Belmar, N.J., and I’ve been deeply rewarded by my involvement in arts, environmental and social justice circles.
Yet, I always carried a black hole where my childhood fantasy used to be. So finally – after a lot of inner wrangling – I pointed my compass back to the power of storytelling.
I almost derailed a bunch of times. My mind kept screaming, “YOU’RE TOO OLD!” “YOU’RE TOO TECH-CHALLENGED!” “YOUR STUFF’S NOT GOOD ENOUGH!”
But I navigated these booby traps. In early 2013 I published my first book, Peace Pilgrim: walking her talk against hate, a biographical novel about an amazing New Jersey woman who walked across the country seven times with only the clothes on her back to promote peace. I’m also finishing another young adult novel, Mystery Scars.
We rarely know the impact of our work. But if my books prompt one young person to tell about sexual abuse instead of attempting suicide, to raise a welcome hand instead of an AK-47, or even just to throw a candy wrapper in the garbage rather than on the ground, then I will be a gratified author.