(A Brief Introduction)

I have never been good at accepting “no” for an answer which is probably why I went into journalism in the first place. But faced with a giant NO when my husband suddenly died, 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 from crying so hard. 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.

I ended up taking my grief on a camping trip out west that summer, never intending to buy a beat up old RV and spend the next four summers or 31,152 miles spreading his ashes on cross country trips. The girls and I even got him to Canada!

Friends encouraged me to write a book about our experiences which was recently picked up by Hatherleigh Press/Penguin Random House.

It’s titled THE PINK STEERING WHEEL CHRONICLES and is available for pre-order on Amazon by clicking here. The book will be out on June 26, 2018.

It exposes readers to the five w’s– the who, what, where, why, when and how of my journey through marriage, mourning, motherhood, and mating 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…

This blog is to help build readership. I publish something every two weeks (usually posting on Saturdays) and always respond to readers who write to me. Feel free to sign up for the blog and by all means, hit the almighty like button on Facebook.

Thank you!
Laura Fahrenthold