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My first best friend in life was my sister. And all my other friends were books, or the characters who lived inside them.
My favorite book as a child was Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers, because she was the epitome of magical adventures. And I loved adventures, like riding my bike to the pretend grocery store and swinging so high that I could almost touch my toe on a bowing tree branch; though, my fear of heights always squashed that reality.
While my adventures were lacking the extraordinary magic of Mary Poppins, I carried that book with me everywhere I went, hoping "to pull all manner of wonders" out of my empty purse each time I revealed the cover to the light of day. Then, up, up, and away would go my imagination at the crackling sound of the opened cover and the smell of the much-loved ink-soaked pages.
My friendship with books led me to their first best friends, Pencil and Paper. And I've been hanging out with those
two since my teenage years when I developed a love for writing poetry, and later, children's stories.
With a degree in Education and a graduate of The Institute of Children's Literature in Writing for Children and Teenagers, my best stories happened in my reading classroom where the curious minds of my students became lively characters on the tip of Pencil and the blank canvas of Paper.
Detoured is my first book for adults, retracing my breast cancer journey and told with a blend of drama, mystery, humor, and suspense with the hand of God always on the wheel, steering me through every sharp turn.
Since the launch of my book, God has been calling me to assignments related to Detoured, and I am following His call on every new path He leads me. Now retired from the educational arena, the hands of my time are directed by God's hands.
When I'm not at my writing desk, I'm out creating more memorable stories with my husband and our golden retriever.
News & Events
DETOURED Paperback Version Released October 22, 2020!!!
Buy Your Copy Now at Amazon, Books-A-Million (BAM), Barnes & Noble, Google Play Books, and other book retailers! Enjoy, dear readers!
If you're a fan of Regina Brett's, God Never Blinks, you'll love this inspirational, dramatic, and unforgettable memoir through unimaginable turns with God at the wheel.
ATTENTION NEW AND CURRENT SUBSCRIBERS!! Thank YOU to ALL who voted on the genre of my next book!
And the winning vote is . . . An inspirational devotional!
As this title is being written, completed, and then being read by you, dear reader, always remember that your voice had a lot to do with this, because I'll remember across every word, line, and page!
SO grateful for you!
Do you want to be part of my writing journey? I've had a summer full of writing webinars and email chats with best-selling authors, writing workshops, and yes, some new perspectives provided me on other possible genres (categories) for my next book. BUT I need your help in guiding the decision of which path YOU think I should take.
Here is the premise (backstory) of my next book as you make your consideration: it is a compilation of individual stories of those who've experienced cancer as a patient, a caregiver, a family member, a survivor, a loner, and someone who was told they had cancer but was misdiagnosed. These stories range in age from 10-100+.
1. An inspirational devotional - with scripture reference laced into each story account.
2. A narrative nonfiction. "Narrative nonfiction appeals strongly to fiction lovers because it includes real characters and settings; narrative scenes; and, ideally, a narrative arc with rising tension, a climax, and a resolution."
3. A novel - sharing the balance of a Young Adult (YA) and Adult Nonfiction read. This would contain one hero (or multiple heroes) with varying points of view, storylines, plots, and a universal lesson or two that will touch lives, change lives, and sometimes even save lives.