After a (long) career in (child) education, Marcia Chellis (is) BECAME a New York Times and London Times bestselling author of four books: Living With the Kennedys: The Joan Kennedy Story; Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Lives; The Girls From Winnetka; and her most recent book Love Letters in the Sand.
“I write books for and about women overcoming obstacles,” says Chellis.
Chellis’s focus changed from writing for children to writing for women after a life-changing professional experience. While living in Boston, Chellis developed an unlikely friendship with her neighbor, Joan Kennedy, wife of Senator Ted Kennedy.
“While Ted was considering running for the Democratic nomination for President, she was a wreck,” recalls Chellis. “After weekends on the Cape with the family, she would come to my door to report.”
In her fragile state, fearing for her husband’s life following the assassination of both of his brothers, as well as her own documented struggles with alcoholism, Joan asked Marcia to be her executive assistant to help with her role in the campaign.
“To me, this was not a political position, but a friend helping a friend,” says Chellis.
Chellis supported her friend on the campaign trail as “Poor Joan” found her voice to become more independent and self-reliant. The campaign, rather than defeating Joan, became the catalyst for her recovery.
Years later, Chellis would run into a friend who was a literary agent who suggested Chellis write a book about her experience.
Living With the Kennedys: The Joan Kennedy Story, published by Simon & Schuster, did not have the typical response of a biography. Chellis would learn how Joan’s story (had) inspired women all over the country, WHO believ(ing)ED if Joan Kennedy could (do it) RECOVER, they could (do it) TOO.
For her next book, Chellis profiled ordinary women, the woman next door—not those with enormous resources to aid in their recoveries. Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Lives, tells the (story) PERSONAL STORIES of these women and their heroic achievements.
Chellis’s third book The Girls From Winnetka recounts the stories of five women who come of age in the fifties. Her most recent work, Love Letters in the Sand, is her first work of fiction.
CUTV News Radio will feature Marcia Chellis in an interview with Jim Masters on November 3rd at 11am.
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