After a conversation with a fan last night, I decided to give you all a little background into who I am and how I tick.
I was born in Memphis, TN in 1974. As a little girl, I spent most of my time with my grandfather. He taught me values without really teaching me. I now realize that he taught me through his actions more than his words. The man, who was my best friend, had the biggest heart and would do things for people he didn’t even know. Everywhere he went, I was beside him from as early as I can remember. He taught me how to fish, hunt, and be the person I am today. He didn’t have any grandsons, so I ended up being the one who did all the “boy stuff”. So, yes, I was a tomboy and still am. The man who shaped me to who I am today, passed in September of 1999.
We moved to Springfield, MO when I was 17, and then on to Phoenix, AZ at the age of 20. My father’s job was the reason for moving, and I always adjusted well, making new friends and finding my way in my new life in a new city. So it was only fitting that I met and fell head over heels for a military man. We were married in 1996.
The life of a military wife was hard. There were times when it was only me. Wayne would be gone from a minimum of 3 months to as long as a year. I worked and took care of the house. Eventually, we had two lovely children, and our life was a cycle of moves, new schools, new jobs, and new friends.
Our last duty station was in the beautiful area of the panhandle of Florida. This assignment was the hardest, because he would have to be deployed for almost a year at a time. So, he would be home for 10 months, gone for 10, back home for 10, then gone for 10. It was a vicious cycle. Some deployments were to Iraq, the others Afghanistan .
This is where writing came in to my life.
On one deployment, I was settling into being alone, and just made an off-the-wall comment to my neighbor and best friend… “I should write a book.” We laughed and she said, “Why not?” So, it put a little bug in my ear and I thought the same thing, “Why not?”
So, I sat down and wrote a paranormal romance, making my friends characters. Some of them were vampires, witches, or demons LOL. I wrote a full length romance novel from that in about 4 months.
And I was hooked.
The next book, I actually researched old names for warriors and watchmen. I then made up a list of vampire traits and rules for this world. It was almost 5 years ago that I sat down and wrote what you can now read, “Blood & Roses”. I loved my world that I’d created. I slept, ate, drank, cried and bled this book for MONTHS. And then I sat on it for the longest time. Like a REALLY long time.
Over the following deployments, I wrote several stories (some of them not complete)…. But my own fear of not being good enough kept me from publishing what I had sitting on my computer.
I ended up taking a job at (of all places) Books A Million, where I became a manager. I worked for them for about 3 years total ( I had to take a break during the summer because Wayne was gone and the kids were out of school). I stopped writing! The ideas that used to rattle around in my head went quiet. Most likely because I was working 50 hours a week and had no time to even keep the house clean, let alone write a book.
One night while we were watching “The Lost Boys”, early in 2013, I heard the song, “Good Times” by INXS and an idea struck!! What if a singer of a rock band met a girl named Mary and fell in love? That idea turned into the first Glory Days novella, “Sing To Me”. I wrote a few chapters and sat on it for a few months. After telling my friend about it, she BEGGED me for WEEKS to read what I had written. I finally gave in and let her read it. She basically kicked my butt my text and encouraged me to publish.
I released my first book June 27, 2013 and this is where I am today. We have retired from the military and now live back in the area that I was born and raised in. I have decided to pursue writing full time. I’ve always told myself, if I did well with the writing that I would always be approachable to my fans. I thank you ALL from the deepest part of my big ole heart! Your enthusiasm makes me smile with every comment or conversation we have! Please keep chatting with me, tell me what you love, or what you hate about the books. I will always listen and try to respond in a timely manner.
So, there is my About Me story….I hope I didn’t bore you and you are asleep now! LOL
Much Love, Always,