Blakley specializes in the field of trauma-faith-resilience. Prior to 1999, she explored the subject as a scholar and social worker. But that year, her first husband was murdered during a home invasion in Miami. She says that horrible event led to her becoming "doubly informed," with a new view of trauma from "inside her skin." Since joining the faculty at Union, she has published academic articles in this field, but she wanted to work on a literature project that could convey trauma-faith-resilience information to new audiences. During her faculty research leave, she completed a 300-page first draft for a novel.
Blakley: "I don't think I'll ever be the same after this one semester that I will always remember in my life as one period of time that I lived the life of the writer. I was very serious about my writing. That was my work."