Adams, Christine A(nn) 1935–

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ADAMS, Christine A(nn) 1935–

(Christine A. Hanley, Christine A. McKenna)

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PERSONAL: Born September 1, 1935, in Kittery, ME; daughter of Michael Martin (a shipyard rigger) and Bridget Mary (a registered nurse; maiden name, Scully) McKenna; married Edward S. Hanley (a business owner), June 28, 1957 (divorced 1978); married John J. Adams (a reverend), 1984 (divorced 1988); married Robert J. Butch (a licensed social worker and therapist), July 3, 1994; children: (first marriage) Edward T. Hanley, Marcia A. Hanley Firsick, Mark D. Hanley; stepchildren: Thomas J., Robert J., William J. Butch. Ethnicity: "Irish." Education: Regis College (Weston, MA), B.A., 1957; Rivier College, M.A., 1979; New Hampshire Technical Institute, counselor certification, 1985; also attended University of Lowell (now University of Massachusetts), 1982–86. Politics: "Independent." Religion: Protestant. Hobbies and other interests: Travel and family.

ADDRESSES: Home and office—34 Buttonwood Dr., Berwick, ME 03901. Agent—Frank Weimann, Literary Group, 270 Lafayette St., Ste. 1505, New York, NY 10012. E-mail[email protected]

CAREER: Writing specialist and teacher at high schools in Portsmouth, NH, 1957–58, Chelmsford, MA, 1958–86, and Lebanon, CT, 1987–97; writer, 1997–. State of Massachusetts, teacher for alcohol safety awareness program; certified addiction counselor; presenter of lectures and workshops, 1993–.

MEMBER: International Women's Writing Guild, Connecticut Authors and Publishers Association.


Claiming Your Own Life, Abbey Press (St. Meinrad, IN), 1989.

One Day at a Time Therapy, Abbey Press (St. Meinrad, IN), 1990.

(As Christine A. McKenna) Love, Infidelity, and Sexual Addiction, Abbey Press (St. Meinrad, IN), 1992, published under the name Christine A. Adams, iUniverse (Lincoln, NE), 2000.

Living in Love: Connecting to the Power of Love, Health Communications (Deerfield Beach, FL), 1993.

Holy Relationships, Morehouse Publishing Group (Harrisburg, PA), 1998.

Gratitude Therapy, Abbey Press (St. Meinrad, IN), 1999.

(With husband, Robert J. Butch) Happy to Be Me: A Kid's Book about Self Esteem, Abbey Press (St. Meinrad, IN), 2001.

ABC's of Grief: A Handbook for Survivors, edited by John D. Morgan, Baywood Publishing (Amityville, NY), 2003.

(With grandson, Harrison Edward Hanley) Learning to Be a Good Friend: A Guidebook for Kids, Abbey Press (St. Meinrad, IN), 2004.

Author of pamphlets for Abbey Press (St. Meinrad, IN). Contributor to periodicals, including Marriage and Family Living, English Journal, Currents, Connecticut Parent, Computers in Education, Electronic Education, Changes, and Reading Improvement. Some writings appeared under name Christine A. Hanley Adams's books have been published in several foreign countries, including Taiwan, Indonesia, India, Thailand, the Netherlands, Sweden, Slovenia, Portugal, Brazil, Austria, Spain, Germany, England, Norway, Denmark, Belgium, France, the Philippines, South Africa, and Poland.

SIDELIGHTS: Christine A. Adams told CA: "My seventh-grade English teacher, Virginia Parsons, encouraged me to write and inspired me to become a teacher. She remains my mentor today. Now, I have thirty-two years of teaching experience in English literature and composition, as well as many books, magazine articles, and pamphlets to my credit. My love of learning and language was enhanced by a formal study of English at the undergraduate and graduate level. However, it did not end there! Many meaningful life experiences, combined with my passion for writing and a desire to share my knowledge of life and my gift of spirituality, enabled me to produce published works that span a period of twenty years.

"I began writing magazine articles and pamphlets in the early 1980s. In 1986 I was working in a pre-doctoral program at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell, studying technology in the learning environment. My publishing career blossomed when my education articles began appearing in the English Journal, Electronic Education, and Computers in Education.

"Then, when my life was touched by addiction, I completed an alcohol and drug addiction counselor certification program. In 1989 and 1990 I published two books about addiction. My 'carenote' pamphlets for Abbey Press, on the subjects of addiction, spirituality, and grief, were part of a line that has sold forty million pamphlets to churches and other institutions across America.

"Living in Love: Connecting to the Power of Love speaks to the need for love and spirituality in our lives. Holy Relationships outlines what it means to live in a truly holy relationship: a marriage grounded in spirituality. ABC's of Grief: A Handbook for Survivors, published in 2003, is a handbook for those who have lost a loved a loved one.

In 2001, my husband, Robert J. Butch, and I published Happy to Be Me: A Kid's Book about Self Esteem, which is now published in ten countries. In 2004, my grandson, Harrison Edward Hanley, and I collaborated on the children's book, Learning to Be a Good Friend: A Guidebook for Kids. This book will be published internationally as well. I look forward to writing many more children's books.

"Today I continue my pursuit of language, learning, and life by producing new manuscripts on the subjects of addiction, spirituality, and education, as well as children's books. I also travel, lecture, and present workshops. As a full-time writer, I am now entering my second life, professionally speaking, and I welcome the opportunity to refine and expand all I have learned in the first."

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