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All profits from the When Life Was Still trilogy go to

The When Life Was Still trilogy is a fictional commentary from the past that alludes to current issues in American society. Woven with historical and mystical threads, multigenerational stories intertwine in this compelling family saga as Ellen, Greta, and Amy document harrowing odysseys experienced while pursuing their dreams. Despite political and religious barriers to possessing a voice that is heard and encounters with abuse of power, each woman is propelled toward her desired destination by reason and the ghost of a determined girl who helps move the world.









When Life Was Still

Book One: Ellen

The first story of the trilogy follows Ellen Egan on her journey from nineteenth-century Ireland to rural southern Minnesota. Ellen records her adventure in a blank book while she endures hardships as an immigrant in a strange land, strives to help make America great for everyone, and searches for a woman she becomes acquainted with in one of her prophetic visions. 



When Life Was Still

Book Three: Amy


The final book of the trilogy features Amy Clausen, who is born afflicted with existential angst in 1968 near the Minnesota village of St. Owen. As she writes essays in her notebooks about her “tragic” life, Amy dwells on her rural Catholic upbringing, alcohol abuse, suicidal tendencies, her fear of dreaming, and the inability to outrun the annoying ghosts of her past.

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