Monday, April 23, 2012


Beckie graduated from Elgin Community College in 1997 with an Associates Degree in Applied Science in Medical Laboratory Technology. She has always enjoyed cooking,and in 2005,she became a cookbook author after her cookbook,"Feeding The Flock" was published. Another one is in the works. She is a Life Member of the Cooking Club of America as well as a product tester for them. As of May 21st of this year, she's a field editor for Taste of Home Magazine and in July she'll have three recipes published in Gooseberry Patch Cookbooks.

In 2008,Beckie was inducted into Cambridge Who's Who in Executives,Professionals and Entreprenuers of which she's a Lifetime Member.

She attend Hosanna,Lutheran Church in St.Charles,Illinois,and along with two other ladies,created a cooking group designed for fellowship and community outreach.

The major influences in her life have been her parents, grandmother,and all her dear friends. Every one of them have encouraged her to follow her dreams and have supported her every step of the way.

Q: When did the idea to write this book come about?

A: Somebody mentioned it to me a couple of years ago.

Q: What other books/short stories/articles/poems have you written, whether published or not?

A: I wrote a small cookbook in 2005 compiled of 150 recipes from family and friends. Once I became ill, however, I was unable to market it.

Q: What was your greatest roadblock in writing this book, and how did you overcome it?

A: It was very hard for me to write. It brought back all the emotions and sadness I felt when I first found out I was ill. It brought back memories of how I felt when I thought my life was over; I cried like a baby all over again. I got over this by letting it all out, taking a deep breath and telling myself how important it was that I write this book.. I had to tell my story and spread the word CFS is real and there is hope for those who suffer.

Q: What advice would you give to others that have a desire to write about their own trials and tribulations?

A: Do it, even if it’s difficult for you, because chances are there are more people than you think who are going through the same issue(s) you are. People like and need to read about other peoples’ experiences and learn from them. People need to know they are not alone, not matter what their issues are. You never know who you might reach or whose life you might change by reaching out and sharing your story.

Q: What fact about you that your readers would find interesting, and maybe even surprising.

A: The anger I wrote about. I don’t talk about it much and I don’t show my emotions in public. I wrote about how dark I had become inside due to anger. THAT I think would surprise a lot of people.

Q: When a reader gets done with your book, what do you want them to come away with?

A: Knowledge, understanding, and tolerance for this disease. There aren’t very much of any of these out there. I also want CFS sufferers and their loved ones/caregivers to know they are not alone and there IS hope for them.

You can visit Beckie's website at,

For a chance to win an autographed copy of Beckie's book:

For each of the following, your name will be entered into the drawing:

1) Leave a comment with your email address or check back later for the winner. If you won, you’ll need to email me your information.
2) Become a follower on this blog.
3) Leave a comment on my Youtube video.

Make sure to let me know with your comment what you’ve done.

I can only ship in the US. Drawing will be done on April 29th, 2012. Please check back to see if you've won if you didn't leave your email address. If I don't have your email address and haven't heard from you by the DATE, I'll draw another name


Kym McNabney said...

I was informed someone was having trouble leaving a comment. Hope no one else is.

Erynn said...

Ack! I hope I'm not too late to be entered. My best friend and crit partner was diagnosed earlier this year, and I'd love to be able to share this resource with her.


Anonymous said...

My wife has been living with CFS for most of our married lives. I know how hard it is to get a diagnosis. She would greatly benefit from this book, I'm sure. Thanks for writing it.

Kym McNabney said...

Thanks everyone for your comments. I'll draw a winner later tonight. I've had two others submit their comments via email because they weren't able to leave a comment for whatever reasons.

Good luck everyone.