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 groups – physicians’ grand rounds, tumor boards, nurses’ in-services, women’s groups, cancer support groups, poetry readings, conference keynotes, retirement centers – 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 (Colorado State Teachers 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



  • 2019 Colorado Independent Publishers Association Award, lst Place Memoir
  • 2019 Colorado Independent Publishers Association Award, 3rd Place Motivational
  • 2019 Colorado Independent Publishers Association Award, 3rd Place Interior Design
  • 2010 Living Now Book Award, Relationships/Marriage
  • 2010 Mom’s Choice Award, Relationships/Marriage
  • 2010 Colorado Independent Publishers Association Award, 2nd Place Inspirational
  • 2005 Recipient of the Sue Miller Award, Day of Caring, Denver, Colorado
  • 2003 Colorado Independent Publishers Association Award, 2nd Place Spiritual/Inspiration
  • 1996 Natural Death Centre, London, Best Book Award
  • 1994 Colorado Independent Publishers Association Award, Best Non-fiction
  • 1979 Mother of the Year, Englewood Independent


Other Affiliations, Past and Present

  • Breast Cancer Fund, Colorado Music Teachers Association, Colo (rado Pacesetters, Colorado Independent Publishers Association, First Mennonite Church, Independent Book Publishers Association, Lighthouse Writers Workshop, National Breast Cancer Coalition,  National Cancer Survivors Day Speakers Bureau, Sue Miller Day of Caring, Wellshire Presbyterian Church, Writers Group