About the Author
If you're wondering how I became a novel writer, well, sometimes I wonder that myself. As a child, reading was only good if I enjoyed the book. But like I said, I was a child. Thanks to the subject of English, reading and writing stories sparked a creative side, but remained just that ... a small spark. I had no idea what was brewing below the surface.
As I grew, I kept a diary (or in my case, notebook) where I would write my deepest thoughts, reading more like a short story rather than an outline. To me, those words spread across the page looked like a masterpiece ... refrigerator material. But it was a diary, so closed it stayed.
I always thought my Real Job would be in decorating, which I still love to do, but I've learned in my years that you can be interested in more than one thing, and be successful. You see, to me, success is not when everyone else knows it; it's when you know it. When you really feel it deep down inside that you've accomplished what you set out to do. Then, and only then, are you successful. Maybe that word should be changed to "happy."
My first real writing began as the creator of a monthly business newsletter. With the start of public speaking and being in charge of those speeches, the spark soon turned into a flame. Not long after, freelance writing as well as poetry tagged along for the ride.
Writing my first young adult novel and becoming a published author is not who I am, but something I did. I don't believe a person should be defined strictly by what you "do." You are more than that. Every talent and opportunity you've been given is bigger than just yourself. I can honestly tell you that the journey of writing my first book has been fun, scary, and at times left me wondering what the heck I was doing, but most of all, it's been a blessing. I've met and become friends with the most humble, caring, and talented people in the world. I've walked a mile in someone else's shoes and knew that she walked in mine. I've learned how to dig into my patience box and find I still had some left. And ... I've learned how to trust more. Trust the path I've been put on and the people that tell me "you can do it."
So, when asked, "Will you continue to write?" You bet I am. Not because I have to, but because I love the journey. In fact, two more works are in progress. One of which, I'm so excited to say, is a shared project with my daughter.
I began Altered in March, 2009. Like most writers, I had an idea that wouldn't let me go. Two years later, and a lot of "keep your chin up" moments during revisions, editing, shopping the agent market, learning how to pursue the agent market (and the list goes on!) I saw those precious words from Wings ePress offering me a contract for both print and electronic publishing. Quite simply, it was a WOW moment.
What do I do when I'm not reading or writing? First, and most importantly, I'm a wife and mother, which is a full-time job by itself. During the school year, I teach "Get Real About Violence", an anti-bullying course, through the Boys & Girls Club in our local elementary schools. There's nothing like the feeling of giving back to my community and know I'm making a difference. Two months out of the year, I work with middle school students in our Youth Legislature program. Yes, politics. I never thought I'd be involved in that area, but it's interesting to see the children learn the process and still want more.
My southern roots run deep and keep me grounded in the same town I was born and raised in. I live each day with my husband, Dean, and our two teenagers, Michael and Michelle. Of course the house wouldn't be complete without our two dogs and a cat that reminds us everyday how this is his home. Being an only child, I'm blessed to still have both my parents, Johnny and Mary Ann. They've carried me more times than I can count.
Well, that's enough about me. So, until we meet again, I wish you many "happy" moments.
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