Yesterday, I turned 57 and a half. But today, I’m having a first birthday. My first book birthday, to be specific.

I’ve always been a story teller. In fact, I come from a family of story tellers. My paternal uncle was a scribe for Thomas Merton. My father was a…


This is a partial reveal of the author’s book cover with a quote from Susan Mailer.

About a week ago I published a blog post on the process of writing my memoir which is about to be launched out into the world.


This is a stack of the author’s passports collected over the years.

If you follow my writing, you most certainly already know that my first book, My Unexpected Life: An International Memoir of Two Pandemics, HIV and COVID-19, comes out next week, on October 5th, 2021. …


Today, September 18th, is National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day. It’s such a thing it is even a hashtag: #HIVandAging

HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day hiv.gov

I spent much of today participating in an online conference of sorts learning more about HIV and aging. On Wednesday, I also spent some time listening to a different panel…


Yesterday, my feels and I went for a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot. And it was fine. The pharmacist who administered it correctly placed the Walgreen’s bandage upside down in recognition of my name starting with M. I got the shot, my M Badge, waited the requisite fifteen minutes, and headed…


Did you know, that even a few small things can really help an author increase her following? It’s true! Authors publish their work in hopes that our stories might touch someone else and bring them a laugh, or remind them of a happy moment, or help them feel less alone…


Hex & Howl, by Simone Muench and Jackie K. White is not simply a book of poems. It is so much more. It is an experience. It is a collection of words that feels like a therapy session, at once profound, searing, and cathartic.

Each piece is set in the…


On September 11th, 2001, Sangha (pictured here) was not yet born. And for that, I’m grateful. One less being to endure 9/11.

On September 11th, 2001, I was living in the bucolic town of Spa in Belgium. Yes, the place from whence we inherited the word we so often use…


subway route from writer to book store

In less than four weeks (October 5th, 2021) my memoir–My Unexpected Life: An International Memoir of Two Pandemics, HIV and COVID-19–is scheduled to be released into the world. Soon, I’ll reveal the AWE-SOME cover and links to where it will be available.

But until then, I have a few asks.


Because 2021 is determined to outdo 2020, even hurricanes are joining the lineup. While nobody can outdo De Santis for COVID-19 negligence (although many are trying), Ida was on the path to beat, or at least match, the impact of Katrina. I pray that as the damage is assessed in…

Martina Clark

My book, My Unexpected Life: An International Memoir of Two Pandemics, HIV and COVID-19, will be published on October 5th, 2021 by Northampton House Press.

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