My Mother Taught Me Reviews ~ Anthology set to be released soon

My Mother Taught Me examines motherhood in all its complexities and nuances. In this delightful volume of poetry and prose you can find mothers who were present and mothers who were absent, mothers who laughed every day and mothers who cried more often than not, mothers who raised their children all on their own and mothers who had a partner by their side. The pages are alive with the diverse mothers who gave each contributor their advice, love, and life-lessons. A great gift for the new mother or for Mother’s Day, My Mother Taught Me, is a lovely tribute to the women who raised us.  

~ Christine Green, Literary Arts Columnist,

As our nation struggles to find its way in an increasingly divided political and cultural climate, perhaps the healing of our country doesn’t begin with simply listening to those with whom we disagree or trying to understand different points of view. We all know how good this sounds in theory and just how difficult it is in practice. Instead, it is my growing belief that it is mothers who can bring us together. As mothers, we are united in our wish for the best for our kids, for being good examples, for pinning our hopes on a future that offers opportunities for happiness and peace. 

Sueann Wells has brought together a collection of narratives, in prose, poetry, and photography that remind us of the maternal thread that both tethered us to this earth when we were born and cut us loose into an uncertain adulthood. In My Mother Taught Me, Wells deftly weaves together disparate strands, of struggle with an alcoholic mother, of resilience learned from a working mother, of the caution to trust carefully and not with blind acceptance, to create a cohesive narrative made all the stronger and all the richer for its diversity. 

Anthologies that both venerate and interrogate the maternal experience serve to bring us closer together. Sueann Wells has not only bound us together through powerful maternal narratives, she has reminded us that perhaps our best hope for an empowered future rests not with shared narratives but with an appreciation that for some, a walk in the woods may open up even the most closed among us; for others, the refusal to settle for an unripe melon may just be the start of finding one’s conviction.

~ Lisa Carley Hotaling, Editor, The Narrow Pass

Book Packages Available

     No matter what traditions you and yours keep, the books I have written and/or edited make fabulous gifts to those you cherish most!  I have the following volumes available for purchase.  I accept Cash, PayPal, (or Check from my connections).  Signed inscriptions available.  Gift wrapping is available for your convenience as well.  Send me an email or message me with your order.

The first five editions are available individually at the prices listed, or ANY 3 for $30! 
~ Add a homemade lavender eye pillow and gift packaging with local delivery for only an additional $10 (What a glorious gift for a new mom or a veteran mom!) ~

Mother Muse (2008, many authors, edited by Sueann Wells, purple cover) ~ Lulu ~ $12

Motherly Musings (2010, many authors, edited by Sueann Wells, pink cover) ~ Unlimited Publishing ~ $15

Awake Before Dawn (2009, FootHills Publishing, my original poetry on motherhood) ~ $14

Seasons of Life (2015, Lulu, my original poetry, a year's worth of linked cinquains) ~ $12

Midnight Summons (2007, FootHills Publishing, my debut chapbook on a variety of topics) ~ $10

Again, the above five editions are available a la carte at the prices listed, or ANY 3 for $30!

Free delivery within a 5 mile radius of 14472, or  $10/shipping w/in US for unlimited copies.

Also available are copies of the following children's books
        $15 for one book, or $25 for two books, mix and match

Stone Soup ~ Suburban Style (2015, Lulu, my debut children's book with an anti-bullying take on the traditional folktale).

Dinosaur Parade (2016, Lulu, my edited, illustrated, published copy of Karen Hockenberry's debut children's book). 

Again, Free delivery within a 5 mile radius of 14472, or  $10/shipping w/in US for unlimited copies. 

Email me at RochesterNYEditor (at) to order copies! 

Motherly Musings no longer available through the publisher / Amazon

Hey there, y'all! 

Happy Mother's Day weekend to you, first and foremost.  I hope you all spend quality time with the important people in your lives, and take at least a moment for yourself and to reflect on what a journey (albeit rollercoaster journey at times!) you have been on.

Secondly, I must report here that Motherly Musings is no longer available through the publisher / on Amazon, due to low sales and too much paperwork on the publisher's end.  However, yours truly has a stockpile. :-)  Please contact me directly at motherhood2009 at to order copies directly.  I have 20 copies left of this now-limited edition collection.  $15/each, bulk discounts and shipping available for anyone more than 10 miles from my home.  Please email what you need and I'll hook you up.

** Contributors and Potential contributors, I would also like to note that I have a specific-themed sequel cooking right now, and would love to open it up to submissions as soon as some of my stockpile of Motherly Musings and Mother Muse have been sold.  It is hard to rationalize starting a new compilation project when I have not recouped my costs from the last one. (I make nothing on these work of heart collections!)  I have several projects waiting in my heart and hope to make them realities, but if you all could please help me out selling the remaining 20 copies of each Mother Muse and Motherly Musings, I would so very much appreciate it!  They make fabulous gifts for any mother or mother-to-be in your life!  I accept cash, check, and PayPal at this time. 

Mother's Day Reading & Book Signing

Please join Lift Bridge Book Shop and contributors from Motherly Musings for a ...

Mother's Day Reading & Book Signing

When:  Saturday May 5th, 2012
Where:  Lift Bridge Book Shop, 45 Main St., Brockport, NY
Time:  11:30 am

For more info email chrissygreenny (at) or motherhood2009 (at)

Mother's Day Gift Packages

Mother's Day Packages Available Now~

Celebrate the joys of motherhood with a mother or mother-to-be in your life with one of two gift packages. These sets are also perfect for baby showers!

Two-book package:

For $25 cash or check, receive the following package:

- 1 autographed copy of Motherly Musings, 2011, Unlimited Publishing, 192 pages. Visit for contributor interviews, etc.

- 1 autographed copy of Mother Muse, 2009, Lulu, 76 pages, $12. Search for details on this collection.

- 1 personalized Mother's Day note

- Ribbon binding this all together in an attractive ready-to-give set

Three-book package:

For $35 cash or check, receive all of the above AND

- 1 autographed copy of Awake Before Dawn, 2008, FootHills Publishing, 60 pages hand-stitched, $14. Visit for more details.


*Please add $5 per order per mailing address (no matter how many gift sets you purchase). Local delivery/pickup is available as well.

Email Sueann Wells at to order this package.


Jennifer Borcherding

We are proud to present Jennifer Borcherding:

1) Tell us a bit about the pieces you have in Motherly Musings. What was the inspiration for your work, and do you have any comments or thoughts about your featured work that you would like to share with readers?

I was inspired to write about my sons by my sons.  I was and am intrigued by the way they have grabbed my life and my heart – twisting them both in interesting new ways.  I have aimed to define my love for them in a way more permanent than ice cream or stickers.  I wanted to express my dedication to them by trying to let them know I will always love them although I know their love and the way their lives grow will soon be beyond my protective arms or motherly involvement.  I was inspired to try to define how gripping being a mother is and how motherly love is beyond destruction even when it is called into question.

2)   How long have you been writing and how did you get started?

I don’t remember a time when I wasn’t writing.  Although it is a craft that I would like to develop more, I don’t remember starting to write - only allowing that door to open.  When I am writing a strong piece I often feel not as if I am writing it but rather that I am giving that piece hands to mold it.

3)   In general, the pieces that appear in Motherly Musings are about parenting, mothers, or children. Does this theme permeate your other writing? What other themes and ideas influence your work?

The themes and ideas that influence my creative work are about my life – motherhood, love, being a woman, etc.  I have written professionally for trade journals.  Most of my current writing is marketing and advertising for my small business.  

4)    Are you working on any other writing projects at the moment?

I have been working on a book for years.  Not a word of it has left the editing room of my mind.  I am also developing a screenplay although this style of writing differs from any natural or learned style I have experience with. 

5)     What is your greatest challenge as writer?

Time!  My greatest challenge is finding time to commit to writing.

6)   What are you reading right now? (Don't be shy--Good Night Moon and People Magazine count! :-)

I am reading and learning from various children’s books about the universe and dinosaurs.  My little guys are interested in these topics.

7)    Any final thoughts, advice, or comments you'd like to leave our readers 
Everyone has a voice!  Find a way to help people hear yours!  We are all having common experiences in our own unique ways – let other’s share in yours.  Thank you for taking the time to read my pieces and my interview.