I’m proving it’s never too late to follow your dreams.
First, I thank God for the blessings that brought me joy and the challenges that continue to strengthen my faith, skills, and resolve. During the spring, summer, and early autumn of my life this side of heaven, my high-school-sweetheart husband and I struggled and triumphed through life’s peaks and valleys. We raised two children, welcomed four grandchildren–one is with the angels–bought a Corvette, and checked off every item on our travel bucket list.
In 2005, following a twenty-seven-year corporate career with an international beauty company, I retired. One of my favorite assignments was public relations manager. Perhaps because the experience tapped into my love of writing. Nine years after retiring, that love rekindled and compelled me to launch career number two as a novelist.
My goal to become a serious writer led me to study the craft. Now I draw on everything I’ve learned as well as my corporate experience to create stories about women facing face tension-laced challenges and heart-warming triumphs in the pursuit of their dreams. What have I learned during my writing journey?
While writing my first two manuscripts, attending conferences, and connecting with other writers, an idea took root. A story about three women from different backgrounds, strangers whose lives are drawn together by tragedy and a long-held secret. My vision was to create an ongoing series centered in a small southern town struggling to survive, populated by opinionated, quirky, relatable characters. Three years after first typing the words “Chapter One”, I was blessed with a contract from Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, Guiding Light imprint, for the first two books in the Willow Falls series. A year later I contracted book three. What was it like to open my first box of books?
One of the highlights in my new career is connecting with readers through personal contact, my newsletter, and social media. I’m honored and delighted every time I read their comments on Amazon, Goodreads, and Bookbub.
Back to my personal life. Tim—my high-school sweetheart and number one fan—and I continue to celebrate our fifty-plus-year marriage. This is us celebrating our fiftieth at the Inn in Little Washington.
We volunteer for church guest services, participate in two social organizations, and spend time with our family and friends.
Although I was born in Champaign/Urbana Illinois and grew up in Orlando, we’ve called Georgia home since the eighties. Tim and I live in Duluth and are members of Gwinnett Church, a Northpoint Ministries campus. I am a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Word Weavers International and have been featured on WATC Television Atlanta Alive, in Southern Writer’s Magazine, and Voyager Magazine. You’re welcome to connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and MeWe.