We always knew that Multiples Illuminated would not and cannot stop at one book. It made sense to publish a series, documenting the parenting years from conception to grown and flown. Our first book Multiples Illuminated: A Collection of Stories from Parents of Twins, Triplets and More features beautiful stories from parents who shared their experiences in the early years, and we are so thrilled that once again, we have another group of storytellers sharing their tales of life with multiples, from toddlerhood to tweenhood.
Multiples Illuminated: Life with Twins and Triplets, the Toddler to Tween Years brings to you 19 stories ranging from potty training twins to helping multiples figure out their individuality; from separation anxiety to inseparable siblings. We have the hilarious to sometimes heart-wrenching, but always honest and relatable experiences from parents who are navigating a minefield of life with kids aged two to 12.
We are excited to introduce you to the contributors of the second in the series of Multiples Illuminated (there will be a few familiar faces!).
Caryn Berardi works in higher education and is passionate about helping students grow both personally and professionally. She tries to do the same at home, but her toddler twin boys don’t listen very well. Caryn lives in Texas with her family and her writing has been seen on The Huffington Post, Kveller, Grown and Flown, Scary Mommy, Beyond Your Blog and Modern Loss. Find Caryn on her blog Journey to Napa, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Maureen Bonatch grew up in small town Pennsylvania and her love of the four seasons—hockey, biking, sweat pants and hibernation—keeps her there. While immersed in writing or reading paranormal romance and fantasy, she survives on caffeine, wine, music, and laughter. A feisty Shih Tzu, her teen twins & alpha hubby keep her in line. Find Maureen on her website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Before becoming a middle school English teacher, Jared Bond was a stay-at-home dad to his triplets. While he doesn’t remember much about that first year, he took copious notes so that he could share the experience with other parents of multiples (and himself, once he caught up on sleep).
Rebecca Borger lives in Maryland with her husband and nine children, including five-year-old fraternal twin girls. She earned her BA in English with Writing and Education from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. After living hidden in the rural mountains of Western North Carolina for six years, her family relocated to Maryland in 2013. Find Rebecca on her blog, Facebook, and Instagram.
Whitney Fleming is a communications consultant and freelance writer living in the suburbs of Chicago. She is the mother to three active tween girls, including a set of fraternal twins. She blogs about parenting, relationships and w(h)ine at her blog. Find Whitney on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
MeiMei Fox is a New York Times bestselling author who regularly blogs for The Huffington Post and MindBodyGreen, among other publications. Also, MeiMei works as a life coach, assisting clients in realizing their most ambitious dreams. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa with honors and distinction from Stanford University, with a BA and MA in psychology. MeiMei lives in Hawaii with the Love of Her Life, her husband Kiran Ramchandran, and their twin boys. Her mantra is Fear Less, Love More! MeiMei writes about raising and traveling with twins in her blog, Adventures with Twins. Find MeiMei on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Gina Granter teaches English at Dawson College in Montreal, where she lives with her three daughters. She is a storyteller, an occasional stand-up comedian, and an annual seamstress of Halloween costumes. She divides her time between Montreal and New York City. Find Gina on Twitter.
Amy Kestenbaum lives in Los Angeles with her four children ages 4-10 (including twin boys, age 8) and her husband, Mark. Originally from Chicago, Amy graduated from Emory University and UCLA School of Law. In the rare moments when she’s not in carpool lines, Amy holds leadership positions in several nonprofit organizations in her community. Find Amy on Facebook.
In 2016 Andrea Lani left a 17-year career as an environmental regulator to hike across Colorado with her husband and three sons and write a book about that adventure, a similar hike 20 years earlier, and two decades of change in the Rocky Mountains. Her writing has appeared in Snowy Egret, Saltfront, and Brain, Child Magazine, among others, and she’s an editor at Literary Mama. She lives with her family in Maine can be found at her blog.
Emily Lindblad is a postpartum doula, newborn care specialist, and mother of triplets. She lives with her family outside of Boston, Massachusetts and believes that her children’s current goal in life is to try out every public toilet in the state. Find Emily on her website, Facebook, and Instagram.
Kari Lutes is a twin turned writer through the detailed, imaginative games she played with her twin sister, Kayla. Kari is a senior creative writing and English major at Asbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky.
Eileen C. Manion grew up in New York and moved to Montreal in 1969 where she got her Ph.D. in English at McGill University. Since the mid-1970s, she has been teaching English at Dawson College in Montreal. In 1987, she had triplet daughters, one of whom currently lives in Canada, while the other two are in the U.S.
Jessica Martineau is a freelance writer, avid blogger, workout-nut, foodie, and lover of all things wine. Jessica’s writing is inspired by her family that continues to grow. She is the mother of four girls, Presley, identical twins Ava and cancer survivor Mila, and latest addition, Lenin. Her work portrays the full spectrum of the realities of motherhood. She shares stories of the joys, fears, aggravations, and the heartache of parenting. Find Jessica on her blog Breaking The Momma Mold, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Jackie Pick is a former teacher and current word monkey living in the Chicago area with her husband, three children, and a very fuzzy dog. She is a contributing author to Multiples Illuminated, So Glad They Told Me: Women Get Real about Motherhood, Here in the Middle, as well as the literary magazine Selfish. Her writing has been featured on various sites including Mamalode, The HerStories Project, and Scary Mommy. Jackie is also the co-creator and co-writer of the upcoming short film Bacon Wrapped Dates, and occasionally performs sketch and musical comedy in Chicago. Find Jackie on her website, Facebook, and Twitter.
Shelley Stolaroff Segal is a playwright, performer, and essayist living in Greensboro, NC. My Son, her play about autism and race, premiered in NYC and was presented at TEDx East. Her non-fiction credits include The Washington Post, Blunt Moms, Voices from the Spectrum, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Multiples Illuminated, and From Sac Literary Journal. In addition to creating an album of children’s music, she’s been working on the same book for six years now and is hoping it will literally write itself one day.Find her on her website.
Shanna Silva is an author, freelance writer and two-time Tony-nominated Broadway Producer. In addition to writing for the parenting blog, Kveller, her work can be found in Chicken Soup for the Soul and Multiples Illuminated. Shanna is also the author of Passover Scavenger Hunt (2017) and has two more children’s books in the publication process. Shanna lives in a lively, noisy house with her husband and three amazing children in Long Island, New York. Find her on her website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Briton Underwood better known as Punk Rock Papa is a parent above all else. When he gets sick of being at their beck and call, he likes to escape to his page or site. He writes about any and everything he wants, but mainly about his twin boys or his newest addition – another boy. He also would like the world to know he has a beautiful wife because the couch isn’t that comfy. Find him on his blog, Facebook, and Twitter.
Pamela Alma Weymouth is a freelance writer, who teaches creative non-fiction and humor writing. She earned her MFA in creative writing at University of San Francisco, after attempting to become a teacher, a social worker, an actress, and a flamenco dancer. She lives in Mill Valley with her twin boys, 4 hens, 2 mutts and an epic amount of mud, footprints, dog hair and detritus. Find her on her website, Facebook, and Twitter.
Kristen Williams is a novelist who occasionally picks up work staffing conventions for fun and to get out of the house. She enjoys meeting people from all over the world, crafting her feelings, liquid matte lipstick, and cooking without recipes. Find her on Facebook.