my writing journey
Sometime during my fifties, I decided it was time to figure out what I want to do with the rest of my life. When I went to college, I didn't have a clue. I picked a sociology major only because I enjoyed the classes. Got a degree but that was about it. Got married, had a couple kids, they grew up, and I suddenly realized God surely had something more in store for me than just waiting around for grandkids.
To be honest, there was that whole "ah ha!" moment back in my 12th grade Creative Writing class when Mrs. Bullock said something to the effect of "you know, you have quite a gift." Really? Gifted? Me? For a freckle-faced redhead who'd never been a stand-out in ANYTHING, I was thrilled!
So why did it take me so long to follow up on Mrs. Bullock's accolades? Beats me. I did have some self-confidence issues. And then there was that whole procrastination thing . . .
I never dreamed I'd write non-fiction, but God apparently had other ideas. My first book to get published, CONFESSIONS OF A PRAYER SLACKER, released in 2010. The response to that quirky little book has both overwhelmed and humbled me, and I give God all the glory for it. Since then, I've had the inexplicable bliss of writing stories and sharing them with my readers. You can find out more about all my books by clicking on the "books" tab on the menu above.
My first venture into fiction was THE RUNAWAY PASTOR'S WIFE. Oh so therapeutic, that one. It's been really fun getting feedback from pastor's wives. (My lips are sealed.) Then came BLUE CHRISTMAS, a story that morphed out of my daughter's teen years and her boy band affections. It was first written as "fan fiction" and when posted online, received more than 80,000 hits (which was a lot, back in the day), stuffing my inbox with more than a thousand emails from fans. It was such a blast writing that story. But don't worry, we dropped the boy band and went with a more mainstream rock band image. Because we're cool like that. We are. Really.
That's about it. The rest of my life is all about family and friends, good books, good music, excellent coffee, and my relationship with God. And chocolate. But not necessarily in that order.