More About the Author
Welcome to my author page! If you've found your way here, you must be a reader and I offer you my thanks and appreciation. I hope you have enjoyed at least one of my titles and if you liked it, I hope you will do what I do as a reader when I discover an author who rocks and read more.
I've managed to build up a back list and I also have a number of upcoming titles.
I'm often asked how and when I began writing novels. There are two answers.
The first is that in the fifth grade I decided to write a novel in the back of my blue pressed cardboard binder and did. I titled my epic "Goodbye Dixie" and it owed a great deal to Margaret Mitchell's Gone With The Wind. For every page of text, I drew an illustration. Most of the manuscript still exists in a drawer of my mother's old desk. When I brought it home and announced to my parents I had written a novel, my daddy was proud. My mother resisted his suggestion she should type it up and submit it for me. Fortunately for both you and I, reader, my work has matured and improved.
I became serious about writing a novel about eighteen years ago. At the time, I was the mother of toddler twin daughters, living in a mobile home parked on the top of a rugged Ozark hill in the country. My husband worked and I stayed home. Childcare for two would have sapped a great deal of anything I might have been able to earn so I wrote. I dabbled in fiction and sold a few short stories. I won a regional writing contest and I began writing columns for an area newspaper. I did a few freelance features and spent the kids' nap time writing. In my early thirties, I began to realize if I didn't do something about my long time ambition of writing novels I might one day be an old woman with bitter regrets.
So at a time when most people thought I was crazy beyond belief to be writing anything, I sat down and started a novel. I wrote a very long novel, parts of which eventually evolved into my Delaney family series from Astraea Press, The Marriage Cure and What Fills The Heart. Then I wrote a novel I titled Kinfolk which became the first novel I sold, to Champagne Books. It wasn't the first published, however, because along the way I discovered Evernight Publishing and submitted to them. Now I remain one of their authors and I'm proud to be among their very talented group.
It took many rejections and several years, however before I began to find acceptances. Contrary to what anyone may belief, I'm far from an overnight success. It took a lot of hard work, a great deal of learning and honing my craft, and stubborn persistance.
I continue to evolve as a writer. I'm adding a new publisher - World Castle Publishing - with the release of Saving The Sin Eater on March 1, 2015 in both paperback and electronic editions. I still write for Evernight Publishing and Astraea Press. My novels from Champagne Books are still available but any of the titles once published with Rebel Ink Press are no longer available, at least not in the same form. I parted ways with them and have never looked back.
I'm still a wife and mother although my daughters are now young adults and my son is in the eighth grade. I substitute teach in the local schools and live in a beautiful small town, Neosho, Missouri in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains. It's a little north of Arkansas, a little east of Oklahoma, and in the southwest corner of my native state of Missouri. I travel whenever I can, to New York City, to the wilds of West Virginia and Virginia, and beyond.