Tartan & Other Hereditary Patterns

a Lyric Memoir – seeking a literary agent


A month after Kerry’s divorce, her father has a stroke and his soul passes right through her as he dies. No biggie, right? Then Grandma dies, the dog dies, and Dad’s ghost is now in the house. Shocked and unmoored, Kerry leaps into a new vision to travel to her beloved Scotland and manifest a spiritual mentor, a career boost–or at least attract a new man. Luck and serendipity pave the way. But after only a week in Edinburgh, she discovers she’s pregnant. Suddenly sensing doom, she plows ahead through shifty roommates, attack swans, heartless border guards, fever dreams and masturbating Spaniards with the clock ticking on a tourist visa. Can Kerry build trust in her envisioned future as her every lousy prediction comes true?

Tartan & Other Hereditary Patterns is about dismantling old assumptions to write a new life story. It weaves Celtic lore, animal spirits, past lives and ill-advised sex into a fabric that enfolds one person’s quest to live authentically and heal her family line all the way back.

Map: Castle at left, abbey at right, before the erection of New Town.