A Brief Introduction to THE PINK STEERING WHEEL CHRONICLES: a love story/memoir distributed by Penguin Random House/published by Hatherleigh Press on June 26, 2018. (ISBN# 978-1-57826-768-2)

I have never been good at accepting “no” for an answer which is probably why I went into newspaper journalism in the first place. But faced with a giant NO when my husband died suddenly, I found myself questioning every aspect of death and my emotional responses to it as a check and balance system to measure the psychology of my grief.

It started when I worried I’d pass out or even die. I asked the Magic 8 Ball, better known as Google, “Can you die from a broken heart?” and then read up and wrote about it as if an editor had given me the assignment.


These are the hundreds of “assignments” I gave myself over the past five years.

These “assignments,” which sometimes took the form of diary entries, kept me busy, and believe it or not, sane, as I sat there trying to figure out what to do next.

I ended up taking my grief and our kids on a camping trip out west that summer, never intending to buy a beat up old RV and spent four seasons driving 31,152 miles spreading his ashes on cross country road trips. The girls and I even got him to Canada!

Friends encouraged me to write a book. I kept saying no until I had to say yes upon finding his journals.

THE PINK STEERING WHEEL CHRONICLES  is available everywhere books are sold. AmazonBarnes&Noble. Costco is putting me on book tour! (In mid-August. Don’t look for the book there yet.) Wall Drug Store  in South Dakota w/2 million visitors a year. And all Independent bookstores (listings by state).

THE PINK STEERING WHEEL CHRONICLES exposes readers to the five w’s– the who, what, when, where, why (and how) of my journey through marriage, motherhood and mourning with musings on daily life with my eyeball rolling teenagers as I somehow manage to hold it all together, well at least most of the time…

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Thank you,
Laura Fahrenthold