Lois Tschetter Hjelmstad
2710 South Washington Street
Englewood, CO 80113


Professional Profile
Author of Fine Black Lines, The Last Violet,
This Path We Share, and Abidance
National/International Speaker
President/CEO Mulberry Hill Press


Professional Experience

 Public Speaking

  •  Presenter in all 50 states, DC, Canada and England to such groups as: physicians' grand rounds, tumor boards, nurses' in-services, women's groups, cancer support groups, poetry readings, conference keynotes, more than 600 times
  • Radio and television speaker on breast cancer and related issues
  • Member of the National Cancer Survivors Day Speakers Bureau
  • Breast Cancer Journey ©1998, Journey Productions
  • Living with Cancer—A Message of Hope, Silverman Communications, Inc.



  • Fine Black Lines: Reflections on Facing Cancer, Fear and Loneliness
  • The Last Violet: Mourning My Mother
  • This Path We Share: Reflecting on 60 Years of Marriage
  • Abidance: A Memoir of Love and Inevitability
  • Director of marketing and production
  • Developer of marketing strategies



  • Presenter of workshops on Writing as a Way of Healing (World Conference on Breast Cancer), Musical Creativity (Colorado State Music Teachers Association), as well as various seminars providing CEU and CME
  • Music teacher for 40 years; developed nine-year curriculum
  • Co-teacher, self-publishing classes at Colorado Free University
  • Lifetime Certified Pace Teacher (International Piano Teaching Foundation)
  • Lifetime Certified Teacher of Music (CSMTeachers Association)


Publications (partial list)

  • Lois Hjelmstad blog, 2011 –
  • Living in Balance, 2002
  • Art.Rage.Us, 1998
  • PARENTGUIDE, October 1997
  • Your Health, October 1995
  • Health Progress Magazine, May 1995
  • Administrative Radiology Journal, September 1994
  • American Medical News, April 1994



  • 2010 Living Now Book Award, Relationships/Marriage
  • 2010 Mom's Choice Award, Relationships/Marriage
  • 2010 Colorado Independent Publishers Association Award, Inspirational 
  • 2005 Recipient of the Sue Miller Award, Day of Caring, Denver, Colorado
  • 2003 Colorado Independent Publishers Association Award, Spiritual/Inspiration 
  • 1996 Natural Death Centre, London, Best Book Award
  • 1994 Colorado Independent Publishers Association Award, Best Non-fiction
  • Mother of the Year, Englewood Independent (1979)


Other Affiliations, Past and Present

  • Colorado Music Teachers Association, First Mennonite Church, Colorado Independent Publishers Association, National Breast Cancer Coalition, Day of Caring, Wellshire Presbyterian Church