August 2022 Newsletter

Dear Friend,

I’ll make this short and sweet this month.

I sent my final manuscript (my really, really, REALLY final) manuscript to my publisher a few days ago after five 16-hour days of revising. The week before, I attended my first writer’s conference–in Lancaster, PA–and met many virtual writing friends IRL. Any lingering imposter syndrome I had has disappeared. 

Indeed, I truly am a writer.

Next year, I’ll be a published author.

Because I’ve been so busy (I did some traveling in there, too), I’m behind on everything else in my life. Plus, our refrigerator died in the midst of the heat wave, (although we do have a small, backup fridge in the basement), and we haven’t had time to shop for a new one! 

The only other newsy item I have for you or the people-pleasers in your life is a free workshop–Freeing your Voice and Your Power in Relationships–to be offered in September by a virtual friend of mine. A recovering people-pleaser* and relationship coach, Helen Snape specializes in this work.The live training will cover:
–           Why you have given your power away and how to find the source
–           What needs to happen so you can speak up for yourself with ease
–           How to speak up without ruining your relationships

As of this writing, Helen doesn’t have a link to this program but will have one up soon here: . Feel free to pass on this info!
I’m going to stop here so Michael and I can shop for a fridge and I can do some desperately-needed cleaning and then, perhaps, take a nap.

Next month, I’ll have some sneak peeks of my memoir!

All the best,


 Please follow me on Twitter,  Facebook, and Instagram. *Curious about people-pleasing? On this page of my website, you’ll find info and resources.

A Mother, Her Son, and the Brain Tumor They Survived.

When her eight-year-old son begins to exhibit increasingly bizarre behaviors, a happily married mother of two must meet the overwhelming demands of motherhood and wrestle with her fear of conflict if she and her son are to survive.

Forthcoming from Apprentice House Press, May 2023.

Karen is a happily married, slightly frazzled working mother of two when her eight-year-old son, Matthew, develops a strange eye-rolling tic. Gradually, her high-energy kid becomes clumsy and lethargic, her “Little Einstein” a gifted program dropout. Karen knows something is wrong. But she can’t get anyone to listen and lacks the backbone to crack the resistance. After three exhausting, desperate years, finally, an MRI reveals the truth: Matthew’s brain is squished into a sliver against his skull. Following a delicate surgery, doctors predict a complete recovery. But the damage from the delayed diagnosis prolongs Matthew’s recovery, challenging Karen to grow in ways she never imagined.

A fast-paced page-turner told with candor, insight, and wit, Growth takes you on a rollercoaster of painful truths and hard-won transformations.


  • Karen DeBonis

    Karen DeBonis writes about motherhood, people-pleasing, and personal growth, the entangled mix told in her memoir "Growth: A Mother, Her Son, and the Brain Tumor They Survived" forthcoming in spring 2023. Subscribe today to receive Chapter 1: A Reckoning.

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