More About the Author
As a devout lover of all things literary; I began reading at a very early age to escape the horrors and atrocities that I experienced growing up in foster care. Reading allowed me to create a reality far removed from the one that I was living. My love of reading naturally progressed to a love of writing as well.
It was because of my childhood that I became a child advocate for abandoned, abused, neglected and missing children.
As a staunch proponent of foster care, I have helped raise funds to benefit The Children's Aids Foundation, The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, The Children's Literacy Fund, Everybody Wins USA, Children's Rights and CASA. CASA's are Court Appointed Special Advocates who are the voice of abused and neglected foster care. CASA, unfortunately, was just getting its start when I was in foster care. Despite never having had a CASA, I strongly believe in the organization and the work that they do.
As an author, I focus my writing on hard-hitting truth and world-changing reality. I write about life and the lessons learned throughout the course of life. I have, just recently, steeped into the fray of fiction writing, and will be publishing my first work of fiction, The Dane Legacy; Secrets & Lies, in late July. I'm having fun writing fiction, and it's giving me a break from the serious as I write about the lighter side of life, love, family and well...whatever takes my fancy.
My autobiography, The Road To Me I Now Know Why That Caged Bird Sang, has become recommended reading for university students wishing to enter into the field of Social Work. It details my life in foster care, my battle with cancer and the hardships of being a homeless single mother to two small children.
I continue to write thought provoking reading with my latest novel; Alas, Peace Be Still The novel is a gut wrenching, soul cleansing account of my breakdown, breakthrough which was brought on as a direct result of the actions and words of award winning talk show host Oprah Winfrey and critically acclaimed producer Tyler Perry. The book is receiving critical acclaim and hard-hitting-five star reviews.
You can read the reviews via Amazon.com and here as well when it was reviewed by world renowned TV, Movie and book critic, Kam Williams.
The novel is now available exclusively on Amazon!!!.
I have several other books in the works including my first work of nonfiction-fiction. It is a 7-book children's series written in the spirit of such works as Harry Potter, Alice In Wonderland, Where The Wild Things Are, The Lion The Witch & The Wardrobe and Lord of The Rings.
The series is based entirely on the truth of the make-believe world that I created, as a child, which became my escape from the tortures and abuses that I suffered at the hands of my foster parents while living in a foster home in Reed Kentucky.