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A Good “beach read”

women's fiction, prison, love, new fiction,   You won’t be disappointed!  This is just a darn good story based on real women and real events.  And it opens a door on a subject that most of us women have never thought about….having to visit our man in prison.

Just as you are thinking that you know and like these three women, the story takes a dramatic turn with a shocking event.  Changing the women’s lives and friendships with each other forever.

There’s humor, family, love, suspense and sex. said,  “This is an honest book, which means that it’s not always a happy book. It will touch your heart in ways that you wouldn’t expect and is a book well worth spending the time to read. You’ll come away with a new respect for women in this situation and a bit more understanding of why they continue supporting the men they love, no matter what.’

Click here to visit the on-line store where you can purchase this book!  Be sure, in your order to mention if you would like an autographed copy.



New Web Site Launched for Writer!

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Announcing the LAUNCH of my new and improved web site. A new and interactive look with an easy to use on-line store!  You can buy my scripts, fiction, children’s plays and books, and my poetry.

Please leave a comment and let me know how you like my new look!


Best regards,  Trish


PS: My web designer and consultant is: Leon Adato,AdatoSystems

“Must Read” rating for “Butterflies & Bullets”

Eric Jones, a reviewer on, just wrote a lovely piece on “Butterflies and Bullets”, my book of Poetry, Essays and Musings. Click here to read it on their site, or scroll down for a reprint.

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Title: Butterflies & Bullets
Author: Trisha Sugarek
Rating:  Must Read!
Publisher: Trisha Sugarek
Reviewed by: Eric Jones

I knew Sugarek’s work in the past from her collection of short children’s plays, “Ten Minutes to Curtain”, which involve the complicated dynamics of growing up. Flannery O’Conner said that if you live through childhood then you have enough material to write forever, and Sugarek has been there and then some. Her short work for the stage has put her in the perfect position to transition from play to poetry with her new book, “Butterflies and Bullets”.

Even the title denotes the strange duality between innocence and loss, and that theme is prevalent throughout the work. Mostly in free form, Sugarek keeps everything in a minimalist range, lending focus to intimate moments like a man playing his Mandolin beside a fire, or the quiet landscape of the Serengeti just before rainfall. These truncated pieces of life feel like literary snapshots. These are Sugarek’s butterfly collection. Then, of course, there are the bullets.

The bullets are also set in free form, however they deal with much more happenings and are more narratively set. My favorite poem is one of these. “Hair Cut… Two Bits” chronicles the return of a barber from war-torn Europe in 1934 via a freighter into the Mississippi from the Gulf. The story, though scarcely a few pages, manages to convey the loss, struggle, and triumph of war given a single, near microscopic, experience. Not to mention that it’s all the more topical today, given the current mess in off the shore of New Orleans.

There are many that are like these, managing to say a lot with only a little. And given their accompanying illustrations by Lori Smaltz, which are printed small in keeping with the book’s minimalist structure, “Butterflies and Bullets” comes off splendidly. The collection feels complete and utterly whole, no piece of the pie excluded. Such close ups reveal that every place is connected. The ocean, if you look closely enough, looks just like rain on the blistering asphalt of your driveway. Shanty Irish curtains, at a certain scale, are indistinguishable from the sculpted wood of a Native American totem pole. This is the nature of Sugarek’s poetry, that when you pull back you see how different everything is, but when you put it under the microscope, a butterfly is really just a bullet with wings. 


Welcome to everyone Visiting from InspireMeToday

  Welcome to my Web Site.  I hope you enjoyed my 500 words of wisdom.  It took a lot of years and tears…and yeah, some blood and sweat too!  Wisdom doesn’t come easily does it?

Life has been and is being very good to me.  The writing is pouring forth….and happiness and gratitude seem to have taken up permanent residency here!

I would love to hear from you……so leave a comment, won’t you?

Best regards to everyone!






My Web Site has an Exciting new Look!

web site, scripts, books, sugarek,Recently I took a long hard look at my own web site and realized that it was static, lifeless and tired.  And I had loved it for so long! So began my journey for a web consultant that could bring me into real time with shopping cart, shipping, animation, and far better communication with my readers!

I began by asking an old friend in the computer software industry for a referral….and found Leon.  What a treasure. He’s clever, funny and patient!  As an added bonus he has a degree in theatre from NYU, so he really gets me.  While my site isn’t completely finished, while Leon continues to build and polish it I am able to come on line and ‘play in my cyber sand box’!

The new software is friendly and easy to learn. I think it really shows off my books and scripts with beautiful illustrations (a nod to my wonderful team of illustrators) and is easy to navigate.  I hope my readers and theatre family enjoy it as much as I do!

Review: CiJi Ware’s “Wicked Company”

Rating: (5 quills)

CiJi Ware’s “Wicked Company  is a historic novel about theatre and female playwrights during Drury Lane theatre district’s heyday.

In 18th century London the glamorous Drury Lane and Covent Garden theatres were all the rage, beckoning every young actor, actress, playwright, and performer with the lure of the stage lights. But competition and back-biting between theatre owners, patrons, actors, and writers left aspiring playwrights with their work stolen, profits withheld, and reputations on the line. In this exciting and cutthroat world, a young woman with a skill for writing and an ambition to see her work performed could rise to glory, or could lose all in the blink of an eye.
For a female, things were harder still, as the chances of a “petticoat playwright” getting past the government censor was slim. Censor, Edward Capell was appointed by the British Parliament to review and censor all scripts before they could be produced on London’s stages. Indiscriminately, he could change, cut, or delete anything that he found objectionable both professionally and personally…..and he often did; censoring text based upon some personal tenant or belief.

As a twenty-first century “female scribbler” {as women were referred to in those times}
I felt a profound appreciation for my freedom of speech while reading about this historic time and the total power that censors, like Mr. Capell, wielded. It is unfathomable to me that a censor could slash any part of my novel “Women Outside the Walls”. A fiction that is near and dear to my heart because of the women that I interviewed who lived that life outside the walls. Or my collection of short plays which opens up a dialogue amongst young people about real life issues that they must face every day.

Few women writers were successful under their real names and often wrote under a male Pseudonym [pen name]. They wrote under secrecy and deceit in order to have their plays produced. Note: Jane Austen [1775-1817] broke this pattern by insisting that her publisher use her real name. ~~TS