Irmgarde Brown

I am a retired librarian/manager, a long-time blogger, a photographer, a playwright and director, an active volunteer in the Havre de Grace arts community, a friend to the Village of Hope, Zambia, a student in the Living School for Action and Contemplation, and a newly branded Episcopalian after forty years in the non-denominational church. I am a widow, the mother of three adoptees from Eastern Europe (now grown), and a grandmother of two. Sister Jane is my first published novel.

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Writing a Story is Like Going on a Date

Writing a Story is Like Going on a Date
by Irmgarde Brown
So says little known Indian author, Pawan Mishra. But I’m thinking he has a point as I ponder my own style. Here’s the truth: when an idea drops into my mind, it pours out of me like water from a bucket. Let me explain...

Looking Through the Fog

Looking Through the Fog
by Irmgarde Brown

I have now had several opportunities to chat with people who have read my book and I am gratified when they pick up on one of the core themes that is underneath the "miracle" story: self-discovery. Jane Freedle had no idea who she really was by the time of her husband's death. For most of her life, she had been under the thumb of two men in her life, her father and then her husband. 

What the? Time is Flying!

What the? Time is Flying!
by Irmgarde Brown
Here's what's new:
  • Sister Jane received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews. 
  • Sister Jane is now available in four major library systems in Maryland (Harford, Baltimore, Carroll, and Cecil). More to come. 
  • I have made several personal appearances and I have half a dozen book club appearances in the next two months. 
  • My book is available in several locations in town and I've had people yelling from across a street, "Irm, I LOVE your book!" It's quite humbling. 
  • Last week, I recorded my first podcast interview which will air Sept 13th. 

Launch Party Success!

Launch Party Success!
by Irmgarde Brown
What a wonderful day at the Launch Party. Thanks to all friends and families who made this event such a success. The Price House was a perfect venue for the party as it represents some of the most beautiful Victorian homes in the area. And although Sister Jane does not take place "exactly" in our lovely city, there are many similarities. The biggest laugh of the day came when someone asked me if any of the characters in my book were based on "real people" and I answered, "Everyone!" Streaming event was recorded (fast forward recommended - LOL)  https://youtu.be/UUilOzrg-bw
 

What a Character!

What a Character!
by Irmgarde Brown

               Quite a few “characters” have floated in and out of my life. I’m sure you could say the same. They are the colorful bits; they are the ones we remember for a long time.

                Charlie rented one of our rooms on Park Avenue when I was a child. He had what I now know was a trigger finger, his ring finger, on his right hand. He was a heavy smoker and spent a lot of time hanging out on our porch. Gruff and grizzly, most of the time, he indulged a 2nd grader who had lots and lots of questions. And then he was gone.