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Songs About Life

As a writer for the local newspaper, Alex Hanson is naturally curious.  When she crosses paths with Bobby, a bedraggled regular at Wilken's Place, she becomes intrigued.  Who was this man, and what was his story?  As she struggles to uncover the mystery surrounding Bobby, Alex realizes that maybe the same questions apply to her own life.  Who was she, and what was her story?


Join Alex on her hilarious journey of self-discovery - the people she meets, her friends, and her lovers.  Will she ever find all the pieces of her puzzle?  She can only hope...


'Songs About Life' is a witty, intelligent commentary about life as seen through the eyes of a successful thirty-something woman.  Alex Hanson is every woman - flawed and scarred, tormented by demons from her past, and troubled by the uncertainties of her future.  But she is also strong and real, determined to face whatever comes her way, doing it all with charm, dignity, and a sense of pride.


"My name is Matt."  He held out his hand.  Did I shake it or just thrust it down my shirt.  I was torn.


Yes, Alex is a woman who knows what she wants.  She just has absolutely no idea how to get it..."

Her first full length novel, "Songs About Life" was written mainly in the back space of her restaurant while waiting for customers to come.  Trish made the plunge into publishing her works in 2006 when she finally sold the restaurant.


"I didn't publish it with the hopes of it becoming anything special.  I truly just wanted to see it in print for myself, as a reward for all the long hours and hard work I'd put into it.  Call it a 'vanity project' if you will, but that was never the motivation behind the project or any of my work to be honest.  I just love to write, and I thought it would be great to actually see something concrete - something that I could hold in my hands and put on my shelf.  I can't even tell you how excited I was the first time I held one of the finished books in my hand.  A real sense of accomplishment, a real sense of pride.  Whether or not anyone ever read it or even liked it was really a mute point.  I'd set out on a journey, I had a goal, and this was the prize."


"No matter what happens, 'Songs' will always have a place in my heart.  Writing it helped me out of some very deep and dark times - gave me an outlet, and for that, I will be eternally grateful.  Plus, I had a ball writing it, and laughing is always great medicine for anything!"

"I absolutely LOVED this book. Trish's writing style is amazing and I just couldn't put it down. I can't count the number of times I laughed out loud and then in the next paragraph was almost brought to tears. Her writing is very real - no fluff or filler. It was an absolute joy to read and honestly I can't wait to find out what happens to Alex in the next book! Hurry up Trish! We're all waiting!"

C. MacDonald


"This book was hilarious, it truly was. I don't often laugh out loud while reading, but with this book, I just couldn't help myself. But Alex and her adventures also made me think about life and what was important. A great read! Very recommended!"

W. Kampers