Do you love books? Me too!
I’ve loved books ever since I first learned to read. They were my refuge and my window to other worlds.
Books made me want to be a writer.
This is why, after a successful thirty-year career, starting as a dental hygienist at a county hospital and ending as a chief diversity and corporate social responsibility officer for a Fortune 500 company, I decided to turn the page on that career and begin a new chapter.
Stories matter. Stories help us safely see and virtually test different ways to navigate life. Stories make us smarter.
This is why I write—to explore the wild and noble territory of the human heart, and to leave behind a brave and honest map.
Three words to describe me: Persevering. Freckled. Adaptable—which can be a weakness but our weaknesses are our strengths taken to extreme or used inappropriately.
Pizza: thin or thick? Thin! With mushrooms!
Chocolate: milk or dark? Dark. But not often, because I don’t have a rational relationship with chocolate.
Heroes: Eleanor Roosevelt. Abraham Lincoln. Martin Luther King, Jr. Thich Nhat Hanh. My grandma. Elaine.
5 Favorite books?
Fiction: The Poisonwood Bible. Beloved. The Book Thief. All the Light We Cannot See. L.A. Requiem.
Non-fiction: A Pattern Language. You Can Heal Your Life. Linchpin. Heavy. Turning Pro.
I’m also partial to Sweet Baby Lover, the memoir I wrote. A few of the book’s reviews are below, and I’m happy to talk with bookclubs about it.
Last words: Thanks for reading this far, I appreciate it. I’m impressed with your fortitude. Now our relationship feels lopsided. What are some of your favorite books? Who are your heroes? If you’re so inclined, send me a note about about what makes your heart beat a little faster, what makes you smile on a Saturday morning, and do you prefer plain or banana pancakes?
“I read this book at one sitting and thought about it for days. This is an incredibly brave and honest book about two very special yet different people, and how honesty and commitment both to their own truth and to each other, brought them together and created an epic love story.”
“I highly recommend this book to everyone who wants an inside view of the life-changing experiences of one woman, how she finds her way to herself and figures out what she truly values. An amazing and surprising story.”
“The writing of Jule Kucera is authentic and intimate, pulling me in with her observations of both the mundane and the extraordinary, the painful and the joyous. She is perceptive, reflective and forgiving, choosing words that that force me to think a little harder about life.”