Author Nancy Freund Bills, MS, MSW


Nancy Freund Bills’ debut memoir, The Red Ribbon, A Memoir of Lightning and Rebuilding After Loss, published in May of 2019 by She Writes Press, received a Kirkus star from Kirkus Reviews; the review praised The Red Ribbon stating that “Memoirs of loss and survival are rather common, but what sets this one apart is Bills’ extraordinary perceptiveness and writing talent; the review concluded that The Red Ribbon is “a keeper of a book by a talented author.” The Red Ribbon was chosen by Kirkus Reviews as one of the six best Indie Books of the month for June, 2019.

Hollis Gillespie, a best-selling author and award-winning syndicated humor columnist, wrote, “The Red Ribbon is an incredibly heart-wrenching and ultimately satisfying chronicle of love, loss, anger, more love, and ultimate redemption. It’s truly an emotionally restorative journey from start to finish, A must-read for anyone dealing with loss.” Read sample chapters and the complete Kirkus review of The Red Ribbon at the author’s website: 

The Myth,” a chapter in The Red Ribbon, received first place in the memoir/personal essay category of the 83rd Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition; her memoir piece was chosen out of 6000 submissions. Another chapter, “Triage and Cows,” made the top 25 list out of 1000 entries in Glimmer Train’s Very Short Fiction competition in July/August 2016. Bills’ memoir and fiction have been published in The Maine Review, The LLI Review, The Goose River Anthology, and in The 83rd Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition Collection.

Award-winning writer Nancy Freund Bills, MS, MSW,received her first master’s degree in Twentieth Century American Literature and Art from the University of Rochester; her second master’s in Clinical Social Work is from the University of Connecticut. She is a retired licensed social worker. Bills is currently on the faculty of OLLI/USM, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Southern Maine, where she facilitates the fiction writing workshop.

A member of the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance (MWPA), Bills lives in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, with her two Maine Coon cats.


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