This is the page on my website where I’m supposed to promote myself and make myself look good. You’ve probably heard of this idea of people marketing themselves and their careers as brands. It suggests that success comes from self-packaging and presenting a positive image—showing people what you want them to believe—only the good stuff. But, I’m not going to do that here. I’m going to tell you the real story.
I’m a wife, mother and grandmother, living happily ever after—after divorce—the divorce I thought would NEVER happen to me. After all, I had a plan for my life. I married my high school sweetheart at age 19, bought a nice home in the suburbs at 20, and was a stay-at-home mom to three kids under three by the time I was 21.
Of course, I meant it when I promised to love honor and obey until death do us part. Doesn’t everybody? I didn’t believe in divorce—my values wouldn’t allow it. I plowed through the hectic pace of raising the children and loved my identity as a wife and mother. I survived the challenges of being a stay-at-home mom and then when the kids were in school—balancing the demands of college, work and family.
But, with the children grown and 25 years of marriage behind me, my happily-ever-after story took a turn I never expected. I felt trapped in my own world, my own war. And, although I had many around me—I felt all alone.
This caused me to question everything I believed to be true about my identity as a wife and mother, and about my passion and purpose in life. As a result, SILENT VOICES, a series of psychological romances was created. These books reveal the voices within each of us that influence our choices. The first book, “All The Other Voices,” will be available early 2020. ” The second book in this series, “Of One Accord,” will be released fall 2020.
Polly Mae Cashin wasn’t always a novelist, but she’s been a writer all her life. She writes novels about communication in relationships with psychological and spiritual underpinnings. Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota she spent her childhood in the northern suburb of Arden Hills. She began her college education at Northwestern University, earning a B.S. in Psychology and went on to earn a M.A. in Communications from Bethel University—finishing the same year as her oldest son. Polly has provided creative services (graphic design, copywriting, marketing) for clients the majority of her career and is now publishing stories of her own creation. She currently lives on the Whitefish Chain of Lakes in Crosslake, Minnesota with her husband, Jim. They have five adult children and a growing number of grandchildren.