Author, Barbara Studham

Creator of memoir, fiction, and the children's picture book, Strawberry & Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome


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Memoir Sessions Update, by Barbara Studham

Memoir Writing Sessions

I recently held memoir-writing sessions at Turner Park Library in Hamilton ON. A fantastic group of people attended, all with different stories to tell. Please enjoy the photos of the few bold attendees who granted me permission to post their pictures. Others were too shy and preferred not to be shown. However, during the first session, there were twelve attendees.

I assumed some people would have started their memoir, whereas others might still be in the thinking-it-over stage, so, for Session 1, I created a worksheet from which all worked at the same pace. Intermittently, people shared what they had written during the worksheet exercises, and the group heard some wonderful stories.

During Session 2, I discussed bringing dialogue into the narrative, writing back and forth in flashbacks, bringing humor into a tense situation, making your true feelings known, and killing the adverb tags.

Session 3 saw us commenting on the group’s work. Those who had begun their memoir shared written pieces, and gathered suggestions for improvement. Thank you to everyone who attended.


Barbara Studham’s bio.

For over twenty years, Barbara Studham has parented grandchildren diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Her two memoirs: Two Decades of Diapers, and, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, The Teen Years, describe her challenges during their toddler years and teens. She has also written fiction, including a six-book series titled, Under The Shanklin Sky, set in the seaside town of Shanklin, on the Isle of Wight. She is currently creating a children’s FASD picture book series Strawberry & Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Now available in the series is, THE SCHOOL DAY, and, FIDGET! Soon to be released – THE BIRTHDAY BASH!

Barbara Studham’s books are available from AMAZON.

Author blog: http://www.barbarastudham.com

FASD blog: http://www.challengedhope.com

Amazon Author Page: www.amazon.com/author/barbarastudham

Edmonton and area Fetal Alcohol Network Society posted my two children's FASD pic books on Facebook. The books THE SCHOOL DAY and FIDGET! are available from Amazon. www,barbarastudham.com www.challengedhope.com


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Reviews are Appreciated! by Barbara Studham

Promotion is key!

Promoting one’s books is difficult as it is often regarded as bragging, so when others review or promote my books, I am very appreciative. I want to give a shout out to the following people for their support. 

Edmonton and area Fetal Alcohol Network Society posted my two children's FASD pic books on Facebook. The books THE SCHOOL DAY and FIDGET! are available from Amazon. www,barbarastudham.com www.challengedhope.com

Edmonton and area Fetal Alcohol Network Society

Edmonton and Area Fetal Alcohol Network Society recently posted about my series on Facebook. It is always a nice surprise to log into Facebook and see my books staring back at me. THE SCHOOL DAY, and, FIDGET! are the first two in the, Strawberry & Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, series.

THE SCHOOL DAY focuses on the challenges of students with FASD. FIDGET! highlights the hyperactivity of kids with FASD, and how their fidgeting irritates people who do not understand the symptoms of the disorder. Currently in progress is the third in the series, titled THE BIRTHDAY BASH! Children with FASD are rarely invited to children’s birthday parties as the loud noises and activities can overwhelm their senses causing them to break down. THE BIRTHDAY BASH tells what happens when Strawberry & Cracker attend their big brother’s birthday party. 


In their Weekly Round up, Nofas.org posted this picture of my latest Strawberry & Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, picture book titled FIDGET! Available from AMAZON. www.challengedhope.com, www.barbarastudham.com

Nofas.org Weekly Round Up

In their Weekly Round Up, nofas.org mentioned my new children’s FASD picture book FIDGET! Here is a blurb on the contents of the book. 

BOOK BLURB for FIDGET!

Meet Strawberry & Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome who live with their grandma and her dog, Thunder. The twins struggle with fidgeting. All children fidget, but a child with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome frequently over-fidgets, thereby annoying people who do not understand impulsive behaviors. However, there are strategies to calm the child and control fidgeting.

FIDGET! introduces the reader to Strawberry & Cracker’s typical fidgeting scenarios. While no one strategy for avoiding fidgeting will work for every child, Grandma realizes the importance of discovering which ones work for the twins. By discussing those strategies with other adults, she hopes people will apply the calming methods and lessen the stress of fidgeting.


Heather Lamb with paints at the ready working on the Illustrations for the third in the Strawberry & Cracker series, titled THE BIRTHDAY BASH! www.barbarastudham.com

Heather Lamb with paints at the ready to illustrate THE BIRTHDAY BASH!

I also want to thank Heather Lamb who is working on the third book in the Strawberry & Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome series, titled THE BIRTHDAY BASH!

Book blurb.

THE BIRTHDAY BASH! Meet Strawberry & Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. The twins live with their grandma and her dog, Thunder. Big brother, Rocky who lives with his foster dads, their two children, and dog Millie, is turning thirteen. When Rocky invites the twins to his birthday party, Grandma recalls previous disastrous celebrations involving the twins. Rocky’s foster dad, Sergio, suggests strategies for a successful party, but during the festivities, the twins become overwhelmed and spoil everyone’s fun. When things get too loud, Grandma and the twins make a hasty retreat!

Soon to be released on AMAZON!


REVIEWS ARE APPRECIATED!
Barbara Studham’s bio.

For over twenty years, Barbara Studham has parented grandchildren diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Her two memoirs: Two Decades of Diapers, and, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, The Teen Years, describe her challenges during their toddler years and teens. She has also written fiction, including a six-book series titled, Under The Shanklin Sky, set in the seaside town of Shanklin, on the Isle of Wight. She is currently creating a children’s FASD picture book series Strawberry & Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Now available in the series is, THE SCHOOL DAY, and, FIDGET! Soon to be released – THE BIRTHDAY BASH!

Barbara Studham’s books are available from AMAZON.

Author blog: http://www.barbarastudham.com

FASD blog: http://www.challengedhope.com

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/author/barbarastudham

Memoir Writing Sessions to be held at Turner Park Library. www.barbarastudham.com


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Memoir Writing Sessions, Hamilton ON

Don’t forget to register!

Memoir Writing Sessions to be held at Turner Park Library. www.barbarastudham.com

Memoir Writing Session

Don’t forget to register for my memoir writing sessions at Turner Park Library.

On Wednesday April 25th, May 2nd, and May 9th, 2018. 1:00-3:00 pm I will be encouraging participants to write their memoir. The sessions will be held at Turner Park Library, 352 Rymal Road East  L9B1C2 Hamilton, ON. Whether you are writing your memoir, or you are a new writer, you are welcome to attend to learn how to compile your memoir. Register at 905-546-4790, as seating is limited.

When you have registered, mark the sessions on your calendar or phone. See you there!


Barbara Studham’s bio:

For over twenty years, Barbara Studham has parented grandchildren diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Her two memoirs: Two Decades of Diapers, and, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, The Teen Years, describe her challenges during their toddler years and teens. She has also written fiction, including a six-book series titled, Under The Shanklin Sky, set in the seaside town of Shanklin, on the Isle of Wight. She is currently creating a children’s FASD picture book series Strawberry & Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Now available in the series is, THE SCHOOL DAY, and, FIDGET!

Barbara Studham’s books are available from AMAZON.
Author blog: http://www.barbarastudham.com
FASD blog: http://www.challengedhope.com
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/author/barbarastudham
My painting of Mrs Beech's view from her window overlooking Hope Bay on the Isle of Wight. This is how I imagine her place to be: tatty curtains, cats, and old rattling windows. Poor Milly Mullan, her neighbor, who has to listen to those windows rattling on stormy nights. A description from A Hint of Spring, by Barbara Studham. www.barbarastudham.com


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Bringing fiction to life, by Barbara Studham

Using My Imagination!

My painting of Mrs Beech's  view from her window overlooking Hope Bay on the Isle of Wight. This is how I imagine her place to be: tatty curtains, cats, and old rattling windows. Poor Milly Mullan, her neighbor, who has to listen to those windows rattling on stormy nights. A description from A Hint of Spring, by Barbara Studham. www.barbarastudham.com

I painted this picture with Mrs Beech in mind. As an elderly resident of flat number 4 in the Old Stone House situated on Hope Beach on the Isle of Wight, she has spent most of her life looking out over the bay. During the fifties, net curtains (sheers) grew popular as people could spy on others without being spotted. I’m certain Mrs Beech picked up these tatty green curtains with red dots from a thrift store, along with the, almost matching, yellow glass vase. As the seasons change, she picks a flower from her neighbor’s yard (what harm can one do?) and places it in the jar. Never without less than two cats, her current felines Shadow and Tibbles, love to laze on the sill to catch a few rays. Her windows, however, could do with an upgrade. According to her neighbor, Milly Mullan, of flat number 6, Mrs Beech refuses to update her windows, and so poor Milly is forced to contend with the endless rattling on stormy nights. Milly Mullan and Mrs Beech are characters in my book, A Hint of Spring. The following is the opening paragraph of the first chapter which brings light to Milly’s stormy nights plight. A Hint of Spring, by Barbara Studham http://www.barbarastudham.com


Milly Mullan and Mrs Beech are characters in my book, A Hint of Spring. The following is the opening paragraph of the first chapter which brings light to Milly’s stormy nights plight regarding Mrs. Beech’s old windows.

Chapter 1 (copyrighted)

A furious winter storm screamed inland, whipping up the waves of the seaside town of Shanklin located on the Isle of Wight. The ancient windows of the Old Stone House situated only yards from the sea on Hope Beach vibrated from the gale force winds.

Before turning in that evening, Milly Mullan, a widowed retiree who recently moved from London to purchase flat number six in the old building, locked her balcony door against the storm’s wrath. She closed the curtains and went through to the kitchen to make a cup of hot chocolate.

Having applied her many years’ experience of interior design to renovate her flat’s décor, which included installing double-glazed windows, she resented her neighbor, Mrs Beech of number four, who staunchly refused to alter the character of the Old Stone House by keeping the original, ill-fitting windows. Therefore, every windy day and, worse, every stormy night, a ceaseless rattling echoed throughout the building.

Though Milly adored the soft breezes of Shanklin summers, she was not a big fan of dreary English winters. Given she was travelling the road to seventy years of age, she resented being holed up in her flat for several months every year while waiting for spring to arrive; a waste of what short time she had left that could otherwise be spent actively socializing outdoors.

Checking the balcony door one last time, she finished her hot chocolate and climbed into bed. Snuggling into the covers, she held her hot water bottle close. To drown out the clattering of Mrs Beech’s windows, she did what most people would do; she sunk her head deep into her pillow, pulled it tight around her ears, and thought happy thoughts. One of those thoughts was the upcoming fundraising gala she was soon to attend…..

A simple gala, you might say, but you would be wrong! Discover the ups and downs and insides and outs, including embezzling and murder during another Milly Mullan adventure in The Hint of Spring.

A Hint of Spring is the fourth in the Under the Shanklin sky English seaside series by Barbara Studham. . Milly is a retiree from London England who moves to Shanklin on the Isle of Wight. Soon after moving, she is caught up in the locals’ activity and finds herself sleuthing her way through her golden years by the sea. Available from AMAZON.

A Hint of Spring, by Barbara Studham. Part of the Under The Shanklin Sky series. Available from Amazon.

A Hint of Spring is the fourth in the Under the Shanklin Sky fiction series, and offers Milly Mullan a new adventure. Rain, hail, sleet, gale; the petulant, English winter reluctantly gives way to spring by mercilessly battering the town of Shanklin, on the Isle of Wight. Conversely, spring ushers in a new adventure for retiree, Milly Mullan, resident of flat number 6 in the Old Stone House situated on Hope Beach. Anticipating an upcoming fundraising gala, she is shocked to discover the host, Evelyn Scott, is embezzling funds from its charitable agency: Triple-F. With little evidence, Milly drags her obnoxious daughter, Rosie, into the fray who witnesses Evelyn Scott’s murder and joins the list of suspects, all of whom hated Evelyn. For a while, Milly is at a loss as to whodunit. Was it Crystal, the receptionist at Triple-F, who holds a long-standing grudge against Evelyn; or, perhaps Evelyn’s love affair, married man, Fred Barker-Ford, of Barker-Ford dog foods, and suspected collaborator in crime. Or, was the killer Tom Fielding, a local health and fitness business owner who, for personal reasons, detests Evelyn Scott. As Milly delves deeper into the case, she inadvertently saves scores of seniors from Evelyn’s scheming and their financial ruin. Given that, and her eventual solving of Evelyn Scott’s murder, she is abruptly elevated to bees’ knees status in the eyes of Shanklin’s locals.


Barbara Studham’s bio.

For over twenty years, Barbara Studham has parented grandchildren diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Her two memoirs: Two Decades of Diapers, and, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, The Teen Years, describe her challenges during their toddler years and teens. She has also written fiction, including a six-book series titled, Under The Shanklin Sky, set in the seaside town of Shanklin, on the Isle of Wight. She is currently creating a children’s FASD picture book series Strawberry & Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Now available is the first two in the series titled THE SCHOOL DAY, and, FIDGET!

Barbara Studham’s books are available from AMAZON.

Author blog: http://www.barbarastudham.com

FASD blog: http://www.challengedhope.com

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/author/barbarastudham

 

Memoir Writing Sessions to be held at Turner Park Library. www.barbarastudham.com


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From Journal to Memoir, by Barbara Studham

MEMOIR WRITING SESSIONS

FROM JOURNAL TO MEMOIR.

Wednesday, April 25th, May 2nd, and May 9th, 2018. 1:00-3:00 pm. 

Memoir Writing Sessions www.barbarastudham.com

Memoir Writing Sessions

On Wednesday April 25th, May 2nd, and May 9th, 2018. 1:00-3:00 pm I will be encouraging participants to write their memoir. The sessions will be held at Turner Park Library, 352 Rymal Road East, Hamilton, ON L9B 1C2

Even if you have never written before, you are welcome to attend to learn how to compile your memoir. Register at 905-546-4790, as seating is limited. When you have registered, mark the sessions on your calendar or phone. 


From Journal to Memoir, by Barbara Studham

posted, February 27th 2018


Brief summary of sessions From Journal to Memoir, by Barbara Studham

Session 1:
  • Getting to know the protagonistYOU!
  • Preparation Checklist.
  • Ready, Set, WRITE!
Session 2:
  • Adding Dialogue to memoir.
  • Minimize Adverbs and Adjectives!
  • Create a Chapter or two.
Session 3:
  • Expand your word count.
  • Promoting your memoir.
  • Publishing your memoir.

Register at 905-546-4790

Barbara Studham’s bio.

For over twenty years, Barbara Studham has parented grandchildren diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Her two memoirs: Two Decades of Diapers, and, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, The Teen Years, describe her challenges during their toddler years and teens. She has also written fiction, including a six-book series titled, Under The Shanklin Sky, set in the seaside town of Shanklin, on the Isle of Wight. She is currently creating a children’s FASD picture book series Strawberry & Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Now available is the first in the series titled THE SCHOOL DAY. The second in the series titled FIDGET! is soon to be released.

Barbara Studham’s books are available from AMAZON.

Author blog: http://www.barbarastudham.com

FASD blog: http://www.challengedhope.com

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/author/barbarastudham

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: The Teen Years, by Barbara Studham www.barbarastudham.com


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Now In Print! Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: The Teen Years, by Barbara Studham

Two choices:– ebook and printed version of

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: The Teen Years, by Barbara Studham

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: The Teen Years, by Barbara Studham www.barbarastudham.com

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: The Teen Years, by Barbara Studham

Until today, my book Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: The Teen Years was only available in ebook format. People complained. They wanted a printed book they could hold in their hands, so here it is in paperback form.

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: The Teen Years, book blurb.

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: The Teen Years is a sequel of Two Decades of Diapers. In both memoirs, author Barbara Studham gives insight into parenting children with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, a disorder caused by prenatal exposure to alcohol. For more than twenty years, Barbara Studham has parented grandchildren with FAS. Through her wealth of experience with the disorder, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: The Teen Years leads us through her desperation, fears, hopes, and prayers while coping with her grandchildren’s complex behaviors. However, Barbara would be the first to admit that while FAS brought a whirlwind of emotions into her life, her grandchildren’s struggle to cope with the disorder has far outweighed her trauma. Often labelled defiant, odious, caustic, and wayward, individuals with FAS are more victims of brain damage overwhelmed by the demands of everyday life, than the disposable people society deems them. If you are an individual parenting a child with FAS, a mental health worker, or someone who is interested in learning more about this distressing disorder, then Two Decades Of Diapers, and, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: The Teen Years are essential reading.

Book specs:

Genre: Memoir, Category: Special Needs/Mental Health

Size: 5″ x 8″, Pages: 232

Cost: Print $9.99 (usd), Ebook $0.99 (usd)

Available from AMAZON. 

Barbara Studham’s bio.

For over twenty years, Barbara Studham has parented grandchildren diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Her two memoirs: Two Decades of Diapers, and, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, The Teen Years, describe her challenges during their toddler years and teens. She has also written fiction, including a six-book series titled, Under The Shanklin Sky, set in the seaside town of Shanklin, on the Isle of Wight. She is currently creating a children’s FASD picture book series Strawberry & Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Now available is the first in the series titled THE SCHOOL DAY. The second in the series titled FIDGET! is soon to be released.

Barbara Studham’s books are available from AMAZON.

Author blog: http://www.barbarastudham.com

FASD blog: http://www.challengedhope.com

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/author/barbarastudham

Twitter: @BarbaraStudham

 

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A Veggie Dish and a Crazy Lady, by Barbara Studham

Food and Fiction!

Ingredients for veggie dish www.barbarastudham.com

Ingredients for veggie dish

Watching documentaries on the abuse of farm animals wrenched my heart. Now I am doing my bit to cut down on meat by substituting entrees with vegetable dishes. Not an easy decision as I had no recipes for meatless dishes but, after scouring the Internet, it appears I now have access to thousands.

 

Meatless Recipe.

veggie dish www.barbarastudham.com

veggie dish

Check out the photo of my meatless pasta meal I cooked with a few ingredients. I changed the recipe to suit my taste, but it consists of lots of veggies, pasta, pasta sauce, and herbs. It is not over spicy and, therefore, a great introduction to veggie meals for children. Call me crazy, if you will, but I am pleased to find a way to do a bit toward my bit in reducing the suffering of animals.

A Veggie Dish and a Crazy Lady.

Not My Type, by Barbara Studham www.barbarastudham.com

Not My Type, by Barbara Studham

Another woman you might call crazy is Lisa Paige: the main character in my ebook titled Not My Type. A perfect addition to your meatless meal, and downloaded in minutes from AMAZON, Not My Type adds just the right amount of spice to your meal. You might be surprised to learn that the story for Not My Type arose out of a conversation between a friend and I. Short and sweet, this is how it went.

“For the life of me I can’t write fiction,” my friend said, shaking her head in disappointment. “Non-fiction I can, fiction never.”

“Instead of overthinking the process,” I suggested. “Why not sit quietly at your laptop and let the characters come to you.”

While she overthought my advice, I imagined that scenario actually happening. What if, while a writer meditated on a story, the characters literally appeared and wrote the book. Hence, Not My Type. Okay, I admit the story is as outlandish as my decision to become a vegetarian, but keep an open mind and try it. As food and fiction go so well together, you just might enjoy it. 

Not My Type book blurb.
Lisa Paige, is a respected non-fiction writer who envies the accolades bestowed upon her fiction-writing mother, Madge Paige. So much so that, while desperately trying her hand at fiction, writers’ block hits, and Lisa begins to hallucinate, causing fictional characters to come to life and visit her home. Frantically offering her bribes in return for inclusion in her book, the characters explain her refusal would result in their deletion within the fictional world. As characters compete for billing, murder and mayhem ensues, as each are in conflict and equally determined to be forefront in Lisa’s novel. But is there an alternate motive for their brawling? Does Lisa complete her work of fiction and find the fame she so desperately yearns? In Not My Type, discover how her fictional characters’ skirmishes bring a life-changing twist to Lisa’s future.

Well, there you have it: A Veggie Dish and a Crazy Lady, by Barbara Studham. Meatless dish recipes are found for free all over the Internet; Not My Type is available in ebook format from AMAZON for only $0.99 cents (usd). So treat yourself to FOOD and FICTION, by Barbara Studham.

Barbara Studham’s bio.
For over twenty years, Barbara Studham has parented grandchildren diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Her two memoirs: Two Decades of Diapers, and, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, The Teen Years, describe her challenges during their toddler years and teens. She has also written fiction, including a six-book series titled, Under The Shanklin Sky, set in the seaside town of Shanklin, on the Isle of Wight. She is currently creating a children’s FASD picture book series Strawberry & Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Now available is the first in the series titled The School Day. The second in the series titled FIDGET! is soon to be released.
Barbara Studham’s books are available from AMAZON.

Author blog: http://www.barbarastudham.com

FASD blog: http://www.challengedhope.com

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/author/barbarastudham

Twitter: @BarbaraStudham