I think I have been writing all my life. From the scribbling of a young child writing “I love you” notes to Mom, to the teenager who tried to write a more satisfying sequel to Gone with the Wind, I definitely developed an undying love of “happily ever after.” That love of fiction parlayed into a career as a school librarian and then a public librarian, and now I’m spending my time writing full-time.
I began attending local writing workshops and continued to hone my craft by writing several short and novel-length fan-fiction pieces published online. In fact, it was after writing Christian-themed stories based on a television show that ended too soon that I decided to pursue original fiction. With encouragement from some writing friends, I attended my first ACFW conference and met like-minded writers who were as concerned with building others up as with their own careers. That was both amazing AND unexpected.
I am an active member of the Ken-Ten Writing Group which has participants from Western Kentucky and Western Tennessee, and we are planning our second writing conference scheduled for June of 2018. I’m an instrumentalist and vocalist in the music program of Marion Baptist Church, and have participated in many areas of ministry over the years.
Married for 30+ years, my husband Todd and I have two grown daughters who share my love of music, writing, and the arts. We live in Marion, in Western Kentucky, in a county where there are, literally, more deer than people. My hobbies include watching other people work on houses on HGTV, decorating, antiquing (otherwise known as “picking”), cooking, reading, playing music, and dreaming of the beaches of South Carolina. My first novel, Carolina Dream, book one of the “Southern Breeze” series, was released in April of 2017 with Mantle Rock Publishing, and book two, Carolina Mercy, will release in Summer 2018.