Monica M. Brinkman lived in the Philadelphia, PA area, relocated to the California Bay, where she resided for thirty years and now resides in the St. Louis, MO area, which was the inspiration of her newest book, The Turn of the Karmic Wheel.
She views herself as a citizen of all the States, finding that people throughout the country are warm, caring and most want the same things in life, to enjoy their passions, make a living and be surrounded by those they love. In her own words, "Life is truly an adventure. I believe in giving everyone the opportunity to go after their passions in life. To not do so, creates hostility, depression and emptiness."
A free-lance author and poet, she embraces stories that have meaning and purpose. Though a bit of a rebel, when some authors told her that no one would ever read a story set in the Missouri Ozarks, nor would they wish to read a mixed genre, that was all it took. "How dare they insult the intelligence of our readers by placing them in a box". Off she went, and wrote this exact type of story, set in the small rural college town of Raleigh, MO. It is a mixed genre of suspense, horror, spiritutality and a touch of the paranormal. Monica is working on the sequel, The Wheels Final Turn, set in the State of California.
Her first published book, Into the Tunnel of Darkness, follows one womans' journal writings during the first twenty-one days following infidelity within her marriage. It is non-fiction and absolutely true to the journal. As Monica states, "To change it or take away from the actual emotions and words would ruin the entire purpose of the publication." As the rebel, she chose to include both the poetry and the prose from the journal.
Ms. Brinkman belongs to Writers.com, prosewriters3 and numerous other author sites that would surely bore you if we listed them all. Monica is the host of It Matters Radio, a weekly internet radio broadcast featuring music and entertainment. She has performed radio commercials, produced and acted in community theatre productions, worked as a singing telegram and has belonged to various vocal groups and bands. She also dabbles in oil and acrylic painting, preferring landscapes and still life.