From a young age, I knew writing was my passion. But that passion was reserved primarily for quiet moments and when I had free time. Free time, however, was rare, especially when I became a single mom with two small children while working full time. Writing became my therapy, something I did for fun and relaxation.
Through the years, there was one story within me (Headstrong) that had to get out. I completed it, and then it sat in my computer for years. One day, I mentioned it to my boss, who encouraged me to self-publish. So, in 2004, I did just that. Girl in the Middle followed a few years later.
Fast forward to now. I retired from full-time work, and I'm finally doing what I started at 13 years old. I revised and re-released Headstrong and Girl in the Middle while working on other projects and learning this crazy world of self-promotion and marketing, all while working to improve my craft. It’s taken a while to get here. I went through a few detours, life happened, and so on. But here I am. My next chapter (and book) awaits!
And in case you were wondering ...
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, The Trespasser by Tana French, Crave by Tracy Wolff, Fevre Dream by George R. R. Martin, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab,
Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros
Coffee. (Although it's been pointed out that perhaps I just like creamer because my coffee tends to look like "coffee Alfredo.")
Milk chocolate. (Yes, chocolate is a "food" and definitely not "candy." Please don't argue with me on this.)
Autumn. (Because: pumpkins, changing leaves, sweaters, cool weather, Halloween.)
Cats, bats, polar bears. (I suppose dogs are growing on me, too, since my children married "dog people" and now there are three dogs between them: a German shepherd, a corgi, and a pug.)
Power metal. (Don't judge me.)
"Oceandeep" by Beast in Black, "Unforgiven" and "Unforgiven II" by Metallica, "Last One Falls" by Arion, and literally everything by Dynazty.