From the Author
I can't remember a time when I didn't love to read. One of the strongest childhood memories I have is going to the elementary school library on Thursdays. We were allowed to check out one book. I read in bed that night by flashlight and would finish the book there. Fridays were depressing because it was almost another week until I could go to the school library! Have no idea why I wasn't taken to the public library.
People and their stories have always fascinated me. They become their story. A psychologist and I did some workshops entitled "Finding Mindfulness in the Moment." The women who took the workshops were very wealthy and quite successful - after all, they were held in Newport Beach, California! At the first meeting we would pass a rainforest talking stick around and each person had to tell the rest of the group who she was - the caveat was that they could not tell who their husband, parents, or children were, just who they were. It was extremely difficult for almost all of them because they had defined themselves by their career, their spouse, their parents or their children's achievements.
I'd always wanted to write, but like so many people, didn't feel that I had done what was required. I hadn't attended seminars or writing classes, etc. Stephen King's masterful book, On Writing, was recommended to me and when I read it I knew the time had come for me to write. In his book I read that I didn't need to do, have or be all of the things I'd been led to believe were necessary for writing. He said "Just write." And from that moment I did - people's stories! They're still fascinating to me. What's your story?