Behind the Blogger... Doreen McGettigan

I am so pleased to introduce you to another of my fragmented Friday friends, author and fellow blogger, Doreen from her self-titled blog, Doreen McGettigan. I love her tag line - "They say everyone has a story..this is mine.."

Thank you so much for this opportunity Heather. I enjoy your blog and keeping up with your beautiful, busy family. I love that you blog with your husband.

1. Tell us a little bit about your blog:

I started my blog, They Say Everyone has a Story to relieve the stress of writing my first book. It is a journal of my journey from grieving sister to published author. It also chronicles the births of my youngest grandchildren as well as many other life -changing events. I am looking forward to some long over due changes on the blog this year.

2. How long have you been blogging and what do you love about it?

I have been blogging for 3 years. I love the sense of community. Blogging provides a community full of support for whatever I may need support with at any given time. The writer’s community is huge and welcoming, readers are amazing, there are other Mom’s and grandmothers, like -minded Christians, food, fashion whatever you need it is there. Meme’s like Friday Fragments inspire me to keep posting. I love that I could meet any of the bloggers there for lunch and it would feel like catching up with an old friend. I also love reading the blogs of people I may not agree with so I can understand both sides of an issue.

3. Who is the person or group behind the blog? 

It is just me a real person, wife, mother, grandmother, writer, caregiver, child of God, friend, daughter, sister, friend, aunt and so much more…

4. What hobbies/interests do you have?

I love to write and I am looking forward to the day (very soon) when it will be my full time job. I love to read anything, blog posts, books, newspapers, magazines whatever I can get my hands on. I am a big sports fan and being from Philadelphia, of course I have a love/hate relationship with our teams. I love anything to do with spending time with my husband, kids and grandkids. I know too well life can change in an instant and I do not want to miss a second with my loved ones.

5. If you could invite 4 people (real or fictional, living or dead) to a dinner party, who would you invite and what would you serve? 

My brother David. He was murdered 13 years ago and I miss him so much. His son, Michael who was only 13 months old when his Daddy died. I know he is so proud of this kid and I would love to see them together. My stepson, John whom I never met. He died of suicide at the age of 17. I am writing a book about him so it would be nice to give him a hug and get to know him. My grandmother, Doris who died when I was six. It was a traumatic loss for me and I still miss her. I would serve an antipasti, sherbet, lasagna, salad, garlic bread, fresh green beans, Portuguese wine and chocolate cake. I just made myself so hungry…

6. I can’t live without…The obvious loves of my life of course but if there was one thing I couldn’t live without I would have to say it is tea. It helps everything and I have it every day.

7. Something people would be surprised to know about me is…

I always wanted to write historical novels and I will one day soon. Only four more non-fictions and it’s on to the fiction world. Would you all be surprised if I told you I was a ghostwriter? How about if I told you I love spaghettios? I eat cookies for breakfast everyday?

8. Three of my favorite blogs to visit are:

That is a tough question because I visit at least ten a day. So being politically correct I will say everyone that participates in Friday Fragments. I love to drop by their blogs to see what is going on in their lives. You can find them here on any given Friday:, A blog friend I met in real life always has something either soulful or inspirational to sayand she is an amazing artist, Barbara Hammond and because I am a news junky this is a great place to get it all

9. Three of my favorite posts on my blog are:

This post about Sophie, the homeless woman who is the subject of my next book
This post about Forgotten Women
After 2 years this post still gets attention both good and bad--Bully Free Zone

Thank you so much for visiting Acting Balanced and sharing a bit about yourself, Doreen!  Blog friends please check out all of the great stories at, check her out on Facebook and Twitter too!