The concept of a social worker solving crime may sound a bit strange. But when I was a sociology professor I worked with social service agencies in the Lehigh Valley of PA, where my students worked in internships.
Here is what I learned about social service professionals:
- They are some of the biggest-hearted people around,
- They work together to create networks of support for people in need,
- They regularly go well beyond their job descriptions to help their clients
They are the inspiration for Penny Wade — a social worker solving crime — who is strong, smart, capable, and a bit clumsy. Before becoming a social worker at a community agency in South Boston, she was a juvenile probation officer. She could have a job that didn’t result in ramen noodles at the end of every pay period, but people need her help and she’s committed. Unfortunately, she keeps putting herself in harm’s way…
Penny is more competent in her professional life than in her love life, and similarly, it’s her love life that gives me the most trouble when I’m writing. She always keeps me entertained and she’ll do the same for you.
I’m an intuitive, dreamer and doer. I never slow down until I sleep. My expectations of myself are unrealistic (write three books per year, raise two boys, and have a successful day-career), but I can’t resist the relentless pursuit because I love all the things I do in my life passionately.
I chose to self-publish because I love the democracy of it. Technology has given us so many avenues to share creativity that may never have made it out into the world in the past. My approach to life is that I’ll work my hardest to put good work into the world. I know it won’t be perfect, but I need to push past the vulnerability involved because I have one lifetime and when I die I want to be able to say “I tried really hard to make contributions that were good for the world.”
Technology allows all of us to put our best thoughts and creations out to connect and share with others without gatekeepers. I’ve found fantastic editors who totally get the mission behind what I write. I cherish my ability to keep my work close to my heart and to connect with readers. I also like being able to keep prices low because this is more about celebrating the heroism of social service professionals than about profit.