Mating in Captivity – After Kickstarter

I am thrilled to be partnering with She Writes Press to bring Mating in Captivity: A Memoir into the world. Mating in Captivity will appear in the She Writes catalogue for Spring 2018, and launch in May (exact date TBD).

Publishing with She Writes, I retain the rights to my work, as well as creative control, while joining a growing community of interdependent authors, and collaborating with a team of seasoned professionals to produce, distribute, and publicize a beautiful book. Also – like countless indie musicians and filmmakers – I am responsible for covering my project’s financial costs.

Thanks to 135 wonderful backers, I’ve raised $16,000 via Kickstarter to do just that.

The campaign ended April 10, 2017. However, until further notice, I am still willing to honor all reward levels listed on Kickstarter. If you would like to pledge directly, you may do so here, using your PayPal account or a card. Any additional funds raised will be used to promote the book, throw a launch party, expand the initial print run, and/or defray the costs of a book tour.

Please get in touch (madgelma[at]hotmail[dot]com) with comments or questions, or go here to sign up for my mailing list. Thanks so much for your past, present, and future support.

Here’s a bit about the book:

Mating in Captivity: A Memoir: How a Harvard grad joined a cult, learned its mating rituals, endured exile, and – finally – mated in the wild.

In October 1999, fresh out of Harvard and flush with cash from a no-strings travel grant, I boarded a bus from New York to North Carolina to live at Zendik Farm. The Zendiks – rugged, fierce, mostly young – claimed to be starting a revolution to save humans from death by competition and lies, and the Earth from ecocide. Disillusioned with business as usual, and keen to learn how to homestead, I chose to give their story a try.

It didn’t hurt that the Farm was crawling with hot guys. Or that, at twenty-two, I’d yet to have sex or a serious relationship. When I discovered that the Zendiks used go-betweens to arrange sexual assignations, or “dates,” in cozy shacks just big enough for a double bed and a nightstand, I rejoiced – they were willing to help me master their mating dance.

Within two weeks, I’d handed over my grant money and vowed to stay for life.

But behind the swarm of youth lurked Arol, an aging matriarch bent on ruling every heart. She split up lovers who grew too close, warning sexual corruption would lure us to betray the revolution. Dissolving into her panopticon, I surrendered love after love – only to suffer a brutal drop from grace that forced me to face Zendik’s contradictions and start, at last, on a story of my own.

An intimate journey through the full arc of cult involvement, MATING IN CAPTIVITY is for those who’ve dreamed of fleeing the mainstream; those who’ve tried; those flailing for a role in the world as it is. Most of all, it’s for those who’ve been trapped inside stories – and those who still are.

Read Chapter 1: Interview here.