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I enjoy getting to know my readers and sharing my craft with them.
I love to garden, try new recipes, take lots of pictures, and occasionally I enjoy a glass of wine with dear friends. I’ve never jumped out of a plane, climbed Mt. Everest, or seen the Northern Lights of Alaska. But, I have danced in the rain, sent a message in a bottle, and I would often love to ride my motorcycle down the Pacific Coast Highway on sunny California days!
I’m divorced, and I live in a small community just north of Los Angeles, where I raised my two sons. Both my sons are married and I have three adorable grandchildren who complete my life. Reading was a passion for me while I was raising children and dealing with motherhood, boredom, anxiety, and sleepless nights. Then, after my long marriage failed, and an amicable divorce, I found myself struggling to find a place where I belonged. My sons were grown, and my life was standing still.
I was feeling that time had passed me by and I needed something to ignite that flame that once burned in my youth. Something that could express my feelings about life and what ordinary people go through. So, I sat down one afternoon and put a pen to paper. Viola…one year later Bishop Street was done.
One evening, and my first time on Facebook, I went into a room filled with writers, authors and two UK reviewers. The reviewers asked if they could read Bishop Street. It was not edited and I was extremely skeptical. I was terrified that it was just a story for my eyes only—my confidence was dangling on a thin thread. They were unrelenting and I finally sent them my manuscript. To my surprise, all they could do was ‘gush’ about my wonderful story of four orphans. Thank you, Sue Ward and Philomena Callen, for giving me the self-assurance that my words, my voice, my style of writing could bring a reader on an emotional rollercoaster and leaving them wanting more!
As an author, it’s very hard to find a larger publishing house to publish your book. Agents are even harder. With the publishing world changing on a daily basis, like the music industry, it has opened up a new horizon for some really gifted authors. Amazon/Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) gave a lot of talented Indie authors a break. They opened up a venue in which authors can now self-publish their own books.
On my journey I met a young woman, Lindsay McDonald, who has been with me since Bishop Street. She is my editor / artistic and talented cover designer / formatter / and most of all a dear friend. She keeps me moving forward and without her I would not be able to bring my books to my readers. I adore her.
And so my writing career was launched...I continue to live my passion through words and I hope you enjoy my books as much as I love writing them….